New digs (once again) equals new adventures
Posted on Oct 14, 2010 at 07:01 PM
Hey y'all! I'm looking out my window and watching the rain fall on the Space Needle & Queen Anne Hill as I write this. If y... [more]
Hey y'all! I'm looking out my window and watching the rain fall on the Space Needle & Queen Anne Hill as I write this. If you've been following my career, you'll know that this is my 2nd major relocation in the last few years. The move to Chicago from Detroit in the Spring of 2008 was less drastic as I'd been touring the Midwest for 8 years prior to that, but this move to Seattle means starting over in many ways. Some aspects of that are scary, however I find that I'm more excited than nervous as I make the Pacific Northwest my home base.
The internet is the great equalizer in this whole process. With my artist page here, & my YouTube page, I have virtually limitless possibilities to stay musically in touch with you as I begin to fill my gig calender in the Seattle area. I will be putting up new songs ASAP, but in the meantime I hope you'll enjoy the recent additions I've made to my sites. I welcome your input & encouragement...because, after all, we're in this together.
Hey y'all! I hope this finds everyone happy and healthy as we fly at the speed of light towards March. I want to say thanks to all of you on this list who responded to the call and donated to the United Way through the purchase of my Christmas song "New Traditions". I never thought I'd write a Christmas song, but what I realized is that Christmas is just like every other part of life which may inspire one to write a song...if that is indeed what one does. I hope to do more fundraisers in the future, and it's wonderful to know I've got such charitable friends.
This year has brought about some new directions in my musical journey. Since releasing Radio Flower I've moved to Chicago, gotten engaged (and will be getting married this June!), and written a lot of songs which honestly have become the most cohesive group that I've written since we began this trip about 7 years ago. Every twist and turn has lead me into unkown and fantastic new places both literal in the geographic sense and artistically. Along the way I've also learned what I can do without. There are so many things we're told we "need" to do as artists in order to be "successful". It's easy to lose your way, and I felt that many of the things I was pouring so much of myself into looked great on the stat sheet but left me feeling a bit empty. This is a perfect time to step back, remove myself from the grind, and live life to the fullest. For the most part, touring will be replaced by recording & even more writing. I'll be keeping y'all posted with what's developing as always, and there's already something new to get a taste of. My song "Life Is Short" was one of the first songs I wrote after moving, and was actually penned in the waiting room of the Chicago DMV. Some of you have already streamed & downloaded it from my website in it's most stripped down of demo forms. I've since given it the proper treatment in my home studio. So, if you haven't checked it out yet head over to the Music page and get whisked away to bitter sweet waltzing goodness. For those of you who've already purchased the song, I'll be emailing you an mp3 of the new version.
The next show is a great one as I get to share the night with Tracy Kash Thomas & her band at the magnificent Trinity House Theatre in Livonia, MI on Saturday, April 24th @ 8 pm. The real kicker is that none other than the Senator from Old Wisconsin himself, Pat Shanley is Tracy's guitar player now. So, Pat will join Mark and I for our own little family reunion to make some musical memories and rekindle old flames.
Lastly, I've taken to arranging some of my favorite songs by other artists and have put together a list of cover songs which I have begun performing at private gigs. A few of these which have been a ton of fun to rearrange are Tears For Fears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World", Thin Lizzy's "The Boys are Back in Town", and Stevie Wonders' "Sir Duke". If you'd like to hear clips of these click COVER ME to get to my undercover myspace page. Enjoy what's left of the shortest month!