I was, in many ways, a late bloomer. I played my 1st real gig in Little Rock when I was 46 years old. I released my 1st record at 53. I skipped over all the young musician angst and the accompanying dreams of record deals and arena shows. I married my college crush. I got a “real job”. We raised a family. I played and sang at church. Then, with my kids more or less grown, some buddies and I put together a band and we started playing a regular monthly gig at the city’s most revered dive-bar. I had nothing…Read more
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Releasing a record is a lot like having a kid. Now that I have done both I can see this more clearly. When you have a kid, especially the first one, you stand at the ready with pics and videos to show your friends and even strangers (whether they want to see them or not). And you silently speak to them all: “Please love my baby… please tell me she is beautiful…” Your need for affirmation of this thing you made (with a little help from a “friend”) can be downright overwhelming. You find subtle ways to drop…Read more
Most of you guys know that I am fascinated by stories and storytelling. Songs, short stories, film... well-told stories are what inspire me and they are what I try to create. I've tried a lot of different types of writing over the years. Sermons, screenplays, essays, and short stories have all helped me hone my eye and ear for story and have informed what I do in the context of songwriting as well.
More important than my own writing, I try to expose myself to great storytelling wherever I can find it. The…Read more