Cheaper here than anywhere!
MIRROR is an album that came out of a very dark time. When I started writing it, I never intended for it to be a double album but as the songs came I felt that there was a bigger story evolving than just any individual song. That story became the theme of the MIRROR album...a journey from DARKNESS to LIGHT.
On New Year's Eve 2010, Shane Cullion, a young friend of mine was killed while walking home. Not only a friend, Shane was a fan of my music. While trying to come to terms with his loss, I wrote my friend a song...a song that, to my surpise, touched a lot of people.
ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES
From the kitchen to the studio...
ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES was my first fully produced album. It marked the first time my songs went from my house to a studio...from solo home demo recordings into the hands of musicians bringing the songs to life.
In PUPPETS AND PAGEANTRY I was writing about the world I saw around me. It is a concept album that is written as a three act play. The subject matter is dark, it is angry and it is a commentary of the time in history in which it was written. Although it is a home demo recording, the album challenged me as a song writer to explore themes and develope characters in ways I never had before.
EVERY TOWN is an album that I am very proud of because it marks a turning point in my songwriting...an evolution into maturity. The story telling became more vivid and the characters and their voices had more depth. These are the lives of the people who live...in every town.
21 YEARS AND COUNTING...
Now, about those old songs...
Listening to old songs you wrote/recorded is like looking back at old pictures of yourself. Sometimes, they make you cringe. But, they are important because just like those old pictures, those old songs show how you've grown, how you have changed and how you have matured over the years. I decided to include samples of the early stuff for that reason.
For the longest time I wrote songs and never showed them to anyone. In 2005, I recorded a collection of new songs and for first time, I let some people listen. I called that collection, "MUSIC ROOM"...my first 'album'... and I was surprised by the postive feed back that I got. The thrill of that feed back made whip up my second "album", "21 YEARS AND COUNTING..." , which may not have been a great idea, but, it's all history now...
But cringes and all, I am proud of the writing I did all those years ago...