Melody, words and that feeling in the room when everything works. The everything change.
I started writing songs in grade school, and have formed and disbanded a number of bands since then. But the songs keep coming. Some of them find a life of their own beyond my voice, some of them are never heard except in my room.
Many of the songs I write are best taken alone. Sit on a chair, get a good pair of headphones (or if you're lucky a good stereo from the 70s) and listen. Remember, wonder, hope.
This record was a long time in the making, and included several firsts. The collaboration between art (Christa Reuel) and music was significant, with a 30 foot painting at the core of the visual imagery of the project. It was the first project I've Kickstarted. I worked with a producer and some great musicians in the studio. It was also my first truly electric record. We toured it as a 3 piece. Played it in colleges, restaurants, theaters and churches. New territory for me.
We'll see what comes next.
"I can say that, undoubtedly, this is a definitive indie rock album. From the sound to the artwork. This album screams old school Weezer and White Stripes. " Stephen Ware
"Air-clearing music." Jeff Miller
"Better Days" -- "It's the last song I want to hear going out." Michael Goode