Just six days ago, I was desperate to try anything to get a new song started. Over the course of the past two years, I think I’ve finished just one song. So, out of desperation, I googled, “how to write a song“. I’ve been writing songs for about eighteen years, and this was very hard for me to type into that search bar. It felt so much like the scene from Adaptation where Charlie goes to a writing seminar and is neutered by the speaker.
(Disclaimer for kids, there are many many adult words in this clip, as well as an ad you can skip after 5 seconds)
The funny thing is, doing that google search brought me to that video clip, and six days later, I have two brand new songs written. Starting a third today.
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Something to consider.
I live in Springfield Missour-uh, and let’s just say, there are a lot of trucks here, and I drive a Prius. I don’t live far from my studio, and when the weather is nice, I walk or ride my bike home. Though there is a bike lane, the other drivers here are NOT happy that I am taking up that extra two feet of space. It’s pretty normal that I get yelled at by a guy to “Get out of the f*cking road”. Or if I’m walking home, I often get called “Grizzly Man” or “Queer”- the latter when I’m wearing yellow socks in particular. It’s a very intimidating walk or ride home through the Missour-uh neighborhoods. Even when I’m driving, these people for some reason, think I want to race them at stop lights- in a Prius?? I feel like I’m from a different planet. It kind of feels like high school again. These are not my friends, but I do live among them.
So when I hear people talking about rumors of food shortages, the collapse of America, the downfall of civilization, the apocalypse, and how we’re all going to have to kill each other to survive, I feel justified in fearing that these people are going to kill me first. That is, until real life emergencies occur, and everyone proves me wrong.
Another part of living in Missour-uh, is that we frequently get ice storms that make it nearly impossible to drive in. But I’m not a home-body, so I go out and drive anyway like an idiot. The Prius does not do so well in these conditions. It gets stuck . A lot. But every time I do, those same people that are supposed to murder me in the apocalypse rush out of their trucks to pull me out. In this instance, the same people that usually ride two inches behind my back wheels, and driving 50 feet back making sure I don’t slide off again. These people drive around all night helping people like me get out of a bad situation. When the snow melts, it’s back to yelling from the cab of the truck, but during these situations there really is a sense of community.
It seems as though during times of danger, or tragedy, I see the best side of us. People running into burning buildings, people risking their own well being for the safety of others. You never have to look far during a hurricane, earthquake, or terrorist attack and find people running towards danger to help someone else. It almost seems instinctual. When all hell breaks loose on this earth, I will be happy that I live where I do, because these people I live beside are usually assholes. But when it matters, they’re amazing human beings.
Don’t waste your time listening to the voices on the radio that say that when push comes to shove, we will all turn on each other. It’s not who we are. And I don’t want to live near the person who thinks otherwise.
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I will do you the honors of posting the comment that many of you surely want to post:
“It’s nice that you see the world this way, but it’s not real. People get raped, stabbed, and murdered everyday. You’re delusional.”
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Stacy, Darren and I have started working on new material. The process has been much different from the last album thus far, and I believe that is a good thing. It’s kind of a frenzy of ideas flying back and forth through email. I’ll record a drum track, email it to Darren, he’ll fix it and make it cool, add more tracks and a vocal idea from Stacy, send it back to me, along with the start of a drum track he recorded, etc. It’s a bit chaotic, but it’s really exciting. I’ve never done music this way before. Also, I learned a few new instruments that have taken center stage with this new material.
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I have a lot of backed up news from the time I’m been away from the blog. Last November I recorded The Honey Trees here at my studio in Springfield. Jacob and Becky came in with a very open mind and really wanted to collaborate on this album. I was able to take a lot of liberties as a producer, and they were very open to taking risks. This makes my job feel much less like work, and more like an inspired vacation. There is currently no release date for the album, but they should be announcing one soon. Here are some pictures from last November. By the way, has there every been a more beautiful couple??? The answer is no- no there hasn’t.
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