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A fairly dark episode this time. I wrote the song “Do you still love me now?” in September of 1989... September 13th starting at 5:19pm... and done by 6pm... if you want to know exactly :) .... I think a number of things came together and I was not in a very happy place... or something.

I remember part of the thought process was stimulated by a letter from a friend of mine who was away at school and was feeling a bit isolated... I think she had a room at the end of a long hallway. Anyway - songs aren’t always autobiographical but contain various disparate events and experiences... and stuff.

The concept for the video just sort of happened - I reflected on the song (ha ha... reflected... you’ll get that once you see the video)... and this story keep shape... as usual it was all fairly process driven and ... by the seat of my pants. 

In case you were wondering all of the video work was done by me including filming... so I am fairly proud of some of the shots... sure it’s not perfect... but hey - it’s pretty good for an idiot with a camera... a guitar... and some weird ideas... 

Anyway... hope you enjoy episode 21! Please look me up on social media and connect... I’d love to hear from you. Please share my work with any weirdo you think will get it! :)

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This episode features a song I wrote a few years ago (2006) as part of my web project - a new song every couple of weeks. I think I had been listening to a lot of Feist at the time - and that had an affect on my approach to the song. I also love all that old George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin era stuff... which inspired the approach. The song is about being an outsider... but a soft-glove kind of approach to it rather than a bitchy rock song or something.

Not sure about the bits of this episode... stuff just happens as I am putting things together and it’s not my job to question it... just put it all toghether and deliver it. Please enjoy episode 20: 

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I write songs to exorcise my own “demons” and to work through relational or social interactions. Episodes in my life tend to stay with me and replay in my head over and over. I can put some of the stuff to rest by exploring elements of it. This song is sort of like that - though I do abhor specificity... so song subject matter isn’t usually autobiographical - rather there are general themes and ideas which capture something for me.

I am also a voyeur of human behaviour in general... and fairly introspective (I tend to disect a lot of what I say and do) - the “pop song” format (yes I realize a lot of what I do isn’t "pop") is a way of quickly getting ideas out... painting a picture and getting to the point in approximately 3 minutes (give or take)...

Anyway, um... what was the point? Hope you enjoy this episode! :P

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Asked a 6 year old to give me a subject for a song. I love the process of songwriting and love to “play” withing the process. I never know where the muse will lead me. The suggestion from Hunter (the six year old in question) had to do with raptors... not the basketball team but the dinosaur. His fears of being chased or eaten by the ferocious beast - a beast that is depicted in movies and video games as a single-minded killing machine... no heart... 

I let stuff percolate for a day or so then I sat down to write. I don’t want to write literal songs... neither do I want to stuff metaphor down your throat... I also don’t really enjoy explaining exactly what a song is about for me - that just takes half the relationship away. I believe that the listener (yes you!) is an active participant in a song... giving a song meaning based on your own interpretation based on your life experience and stuff. It’s one of the reasons I find that working with video and music is exciting... it gives me audio and visual elements to throw into the mix... I have to follow my gut while I am “in” the process of creating this stuff. Sometimes I only have a faint idea of what it’s about... it reveals itself to me as things progress. In fact, in many cases, I find that new meaning presents itself a long time after I’ve written a song or created some other kind of art. Usually it’s because I’ve brought something new (some experience or insight... or something) to my relationship with it.

Anyway - hope you enjoy it. Please let me know what you think and how you are :)

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