SINGER-SONGWRITER JUSTIN TRAWICK longed to leave his 9-to-5 gig behind and focus exclusively on his art. The sour economy has enabled Trawick and countless other dreamers to reach this goal even sooner than they had dared hope.
"As a musician, I always wanted to be able to quit my job, but I didn't think I had gotten to a level where I could comfortably do that," he said. "But I don't know when I would have had the guts to quit a job and try and do this full-time. Ultimately, losing my job was a good thing. It made me buckle-down and try to do what I really want to do in life. I don't want to be 50 years old and wish that I'd tried. I'd rather try and fail. About five days after losing my job, I sat down at about 3 a.m. and wrote ['Starting Over'] from beginning to end."
The naked, emotional, lyrically compelling "Starting Over" is a highlight of Trawick's new EP of the same name. The EP is full of pleasant, persistent hooks and invites comparisons to Jason Mraz, G. Love, Ani DiFranco and Dave Matthews. The common thread among all its songs is, Trawick believes, "The desire to throw away old things and start anew and make something of yourself before there's no time left."
Written by Washington Post Express contributor Tim Follos on January 28th, 2009. http://www.expressnightout.com/content/2009/01/justin_trawick.php