Is he still around???
16, 2007 - San Francisco
&#$%#&, has it really been over three years since the last album?
So much has changed in that time. Most of those changes were for
the better. Some of those changes were the reason that this album
took so long. The next one will probably take just as long, but
I’m still working on music.
The biggest change is my little boy, who will be two years old in a few
more months. I have less time to dedicate to writing and recording
songs and it sometimes frustrates me, but our time together is never a
waste, even if we’re just hanging out on the couch watching children’s
television on PBS.
It seems like I’m always busy with something else and more obligations
are always on the horizon. This is not an excuse. This is
The thing is, I find time where I can, when it feels right. I try
not to force it, because I never want it to feel like work, like another
thing that has to fit into a regimented schedule. I’m not
the type that can just sit down and make a song happen. Sometimes
I sit in my studio for an hour and nothing comes of it. I’ve
got to be able to accept that as part of the process. Still, I sit
in the studio sometimes and it feels lonely, like the space is just waiting
for me to fill it up with sound and I feel like I need to apologize, because
life is getting in the way.
I hope people enjoy this latest album. It spans such a long period
of time. There are songs on it that were written and recorded many
years ago and I can listen to them and feel weird about all the ways my
life has changed since then. I hope I’ve done things a little
differently this time. There are songs here that I like quite a
bit, but I listen and fear that it doesn’t live up to expectations.
Of course, who was expecting anything from this album other than me?
I'll move on to the next one and try not to look back. I’ve
already written half a dozen songs, songs that are waiting to be coaxed
into their full existence. They all spring to life on my old acoustic
guitar, but I never know exactly how they’ll end up, certainly they’re
very different then when they start. I suppose life is a bit like
that, isn't it?