Hello everyone. I’m excited to announce the release of my next album, “8 Acoustic Songs”, in April of 2016. I’ve been wanting to do a bare bones acoustic album for awhile, but life always seemed to have other plans.
I have a tendency to obsess over the production of my recordings. Many times, a song that starts out simple winds up being much more fully produced in the end. I’m not saying this is a bad thing… but it’s definitely a habit I’ve gotten into.
The end result is that most of my recordings don’t reflect the fact that I’m a guy who mostly performs acoustic. Aside from a handful of recordings, and my debut CD “Live from New York, The Subway Sessions” (recorded on a subway platform), all my albums have been fully-produced with a full band, overlapping vocals, and a host of studio trickery.
For this album I want to avoid all that, and stick to capturing what I enjoy doing most - playing guitar and singing “as if nobody’s listening”. Most tracks will be limited to one vocal and a guitar. There will be very little overdubs or studio trickery - if any.
These are songs that I’ve been wanting to share for awhile.
The main theme of the album is “finding home”. There have been massive shifts in my life over the past 26 years. I feel like HOME has always been an elusive mirage. So many homes I've known have been temporary, and fraught with financial or emotional uncertainty.
I’ve crashed on friends couches, lived out of duffel bags, lived with various partners and watched relationships fall apart. I’ve lived in too many apartments to count, and even called some rehabs and psych wards “HOME” for a spell.
I said goodbye to the one home that I thought would never change - my childhood home. Throuought all of my moves… I always knew my parents house would be there; a beacon of certainty for my uncertain life to focus on. Saying goodbye to that home was one of the most difficult things I ever had to do.
But… life goes on. Now for the first time in my life, I’m in a home that (to the best of my knowledge) isn’t going anywhere. I’m grateful for the sense of stability I feel living here in Nashville with my partner Lee and our dogs. Our little “fixer upper”. is not Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous… but it’s ours. We can afford it, and it’s HOME.
But trusting in that has been a learning experience for me.
The old me - the “me” that's certain everything will be taken away at any given moment - rears his ugly head every so often. I think I’ve become so accustomed to everything changing, that it's hard to trust the sense of stability I have now.
That being said, I’m grateful to be here. My hope is that over time I'll grow more comfortable with the idea that everything will be OK.
Having dogs help. Love helps too. Certainly singing helps. I guess that’s what I hope to convey in these recordings… “Life can be chaos, but if we just stay in the game, life can also be lovely.”