Every Inch: First let me thank you for your interest in this recording. It is a collection of tunes that I've written about myself and the hardships I've encountered. Songs about hard choices, hard issues and times. If there are any appologies to be made it would certainly be to the fact that this was a low budget project and therefore I view it as a concept cd. Better versions are sure to follow.
MJL: An undisciplined man to say the least! lol! Born of the Pearl River swamps in southern Mississippi in 1958, I desired adventure at a young age. And got it! But not without a price. I began running the streets of New Orleans as a teenager, and learning quickly the laws of the bayou. I worked ships, boats and Gulf of Mexico drilling for a number of years. The French Quarter became home on my days off and often you would find me playing my guitar under the soft lights of Jackson Square. Or along the Moon Walk on a festive day. I had also worked briefly as a tree gatherer and my interests in these chloriphic perpendiculars became firmly set!
I ventured west where I began hanging steel throughout So. Cal. and Tuscon. I cleaned Palm Trees on the side and played in coffee houses whenever I had a guitar. Writing! I was always writing.
But I wanted trees and lots of them. So it was decided that the Seattle area would be best for all of my ambitions. It is here that I have become well known, not only as a song writer but as a tree whisperer, a master of tree knowledge and experience. I incorporate such techniques in arboraculture such as "tree messages" and "bud rubbing" but also any and everything there has to do with trees. Incidently, it was back in July that I took a bad fall from out of a tree. Busted myself up pretty bad I did!
I am also known as a true friend to childen. Often I am volunteering my time for their causes. For me, there is nothing more important than the preservation of a childs innocence and happiness. It is for us,(the adults) to honor a childs' trust. This is my stump as evident on track #9 (Give Me Their pain).
I wont go into each song individually but it is my hope that you enjoy them even through all the darkness. My music has been refered to as "honest" music, and yes I would suppose that this is a very honest recording.
If I didn't live every inch of this cd...well I thought I did! And that counts!?!? Right? And thanks again.