Friday, February 26, 2021
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Songs about Places
Today's selection comes from my newest album, Embers (2021). Going Nowhere is about growing up in a small town without hardly experiencing the world beyond. It's based on a true story.
The B-side of today's single comes from my 2017 album Weather Patterns. Still Life is basically the sequel to the song above, even though I wrote this one first. It's about recognizing just how big, beautiful and diverse the world really is. This song is also based on a true story.
But what we've never seen, we can never miss
Enjoy. Share. Be well.
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Today's song that I would like to share is called Fever Dream. It is the opening track on my 2019 album Better Days. It's basically about what has been termed "late capitalism" in academic circles, and how the things that we consume end up consuming us.
The chorus goes like this:
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Living in Oblivion
Friday, February 19, 2021
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Sunday, February 14, 2021
Songs for Lovers
Since today is Valentine's Day, I thought I'd post a couple of apolitical love songs from my newest album, Embers (2021).
This one is a song called Mixtape. It's about expressing yourself through someone else's words and the delicate art of making a perfect music compilation.
"I made a mixtape on my radio... it can be your soundtrack wherever you go..."
The other is called We Are All That We Need. It's my quarantine anthem.
"We are all that we need... like the water we drink and the air that we breathe..."
Enjoy the music. Stay safe. Love the ones that you're with, even if it's just you.
"...and all we are is beautiful"
Thank you for supporting independent art.
Saturday, February 13, 2021
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Artistry is a Work-in-Progress
In 2017, I simultaneously released three albums of original music. It was a collection of thirty-three songs that I had written over the previous two years, during which time I was also working on my dissertation and then adapting it into a book. Whenever I needed to take a break from academic writing, I would pick up a guitar and work on songs. Once I was in the editing stage of the book, I started recording the music.
Whereas in scholarship, I try to be as specific and succinct as possible, when writing a song, I tend to paint in much broader strokes. With that in mind, I think that having a well-honed balance between these two rather immense projects allowed me to be more productive with both without getting burnt out on either.
For all intents and purposes, Weather Patterns was the first of these albums that I wrote, then Mechanical Bull, and then Good Night, Fahrenheit. All three of them were recorded in the first half of 2017 and then released in June of that year. A savvy listener might be able to hear the steady improvement of my mixing and mastering skills on them if listened to in that order, as well as on my two subsequent albums: Better Days and Embers. I'll be the first to admit that my abilities as a DIY artist are a constant work-in-progress.
That said, I hope you can appreciate the songwriting on my earlier work, even with the somewhat limited production value. In my experience, I often find that the best way to grow as an artist is to create.
Here is another song that I thought I would share. It's called Be Civilized, and it's about how civility is a requisite to civilizaztion. To date, it is my
most streamed track on Spotify, taken from my 2019 album Better Days.
"I hope you realize... what it means to be civilized"
Enjoy. As always, if you like my music, please share it and add it to your playlists. If you want to listen to it at your leisure, you can always buy it, too.
Thank you for supporting independent art.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Here is another song from one of my previous albums that seems appropriate for the times we're living in. It's called Panic Attack, taken from my 2017 album Mechanical Bull.
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Protest Songs in Support of Democracy and Justice
Click here to listen to my song Gravity from my 2019 album Better Days on Spotify. As Drumpf's second impeachment gets underway, it seemed appropriate. Call it wishful thinking. It's still one of my favorite songs to play.
"They are going down... like gravity."
While I'm at it, here is another track from that same album. This one is called Entropy. It follows a similar theme. I wrote it when the Mueller investigation was still in progress -- more wishful thinking on my part, I suppose.
"The 'president' is a criminal, but it's just business as usual..."
Just for fun, here is one more, a track called The Flat Earth, from my 2017 album Good Night, Fahrenheit. It's about the sad triumph of ignorance. I wrote it in November 2016. You can do the math.
"The world is changing in strange ways... it's getting stranger every day."
When I wrote that song, I had no idea. You can find other protest songs among my work as well. These just seemed the most pertinent for the events that are set to transpire this week in the US Senate.
Enjoy the music. May justice prevail.