What’s Random Patterns?

The official newsletter for The Okay Lakes, a Chicago-based music project. Here you’ll find Announcements about new music and Deep Dives on songs from my 2023 debut album, Redshift.

It’s also a blog for me to share my other writing and talk shop on making art. For now, that includes Writings, where I’ll publish essays on movies, music, and other things I connect with. It also includes a Maker’s Almanac, where I’ll compile ideas, insights, exercises, or creative approaches from authors, musicians, and artists who make good stuff. Scout’s honor: I’ll avoid the creative self-help bullshit and stick to what’s useful.

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And you are?

Jordan. A Michigan-born, Chicago-based writer, musician, and creative jack-of-all-trades whose been making art for as long as I can remember.

I wrote my first song when I was 7. As a death-metal-loving teenager, I taught myself how to record music on a Boss BR-8, and started posting songs online. As a sad/sensitive college boi, I devoted all my creative energy to songwriting and recording with other artists. I went through a pretty lengthy bout of writer’s block before figuring out what kind of music I wanted to make.

In February 2023, I put out my first official album, Redshift. I’ve played live in and around Chicago at The Hideout, Schubas, Subterranean, Uncommon Ground, and other places around the Midwest.

It me, on a street in Salzburg

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The official newsletter of The Okay Lakes, a Chicago-based music project; essays on film, music, art & more; a Maker's Almanac of insights, exercises, and creative approaches from artists who make good shit.


I make songs as The Okay Lakes. I write about music, movies, and art. Chicago by way of Southwest Michigan.