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A song can be with you for the rest of your life

 

Recently I dug up some tunes I wrote a long time ago.   There's a lot of stuff when you write it it feels like you keyed in to something you get excited, but later you find it was a momentary thing, more so than you thought at the time.  Maybe it's a phase where you just want to play that song at every open mic night or gig you play and get it out there, and it feels important to do that.  But later you look back and you are in just a different headspace than that song - or even feel like you're a different person than the one who wrote the song.

But every once in a while you find something that connects deeply with you and you keep coming back to it, year in and year out.  You may put it away for a while after reuniting with it, but it somehow finds it way back to you when you're playing.  Maybe it even becomes part of your setlist as something you always play during the gig.

It songs like these that I think can be a really healing force and one of the beautiful things about music.   It's almost a way of saying that you accept yourself or your nature and you are revealing it to the world and painting an intimate picture.

Writing this now - this morning -I spent some time with these types of songs this morning and my whole outlook feels changed towards the day ahead.  It's almost as though I was imbued with some type of positive protective magic.  It can heal feelings of isolation by connecting you with something greater... It's a feeling I have come to know but is never fully understood or describable - and maybe it's better that way.

Take some time to explore this playground, original music can be a form of everyday magic we are lucky to have when the moment strikes us.

And frankly, playing an instrument is a gift - you develop a relationship with the craft itself - you watch yourself develop and it can add some beautiful dimensions to your outlook.   This is way beyond a "is this song a hit" mentality - a song can be with you for the rest of your life.

 

2016 Re-launch!

 

I started plans to record "I Am the Wind" in June with modest expectations about the outcome. I set three days in August to record when my kids would be away, spent a lot of late nights and early mornings working out the parts. I even taught myself a decent bass line and practiced the bass part for a month. I did the session at New Warsaw Studio (tons of guitar parts, bass, drums, other things) but last day I was losing my voice and I wanted to take the time to do the vocals the right way at a later time - so I gave myself six weeks to work on my vocals and found a cheap space I could practice my voice (Cap21 Studios) during work lunch hours a few days a week.

Speed ahead to October I did vocals, had to find time to do separate sessions for harmonies and then to mix (hours!) and finally come November I got the track mastered (Kevorkian Mastering). I also wanted some cool artsy photos to match the "interstellar introspection" of the song, so I made my own artwork for the photos, which took about 7 pounds of crayons, a heat gun, a 40x60 foam board and 2 diff attempts at mannequin heads. (A lot of late nights melting crayon, and I also learned about the best way to spray paint foam which was kind of interesting).
Finally this week I got the photos back from a great photographer (Sultan Khan) at ImageworksNYC.

Major props to New Warsaw Studio, ImageWorksNYC, Cap21 Studios, Blick Art and Crayola for the art supplies!


Find a way to do what you love - life is too short not to!