I’ve started putting a new album together. I don’t know how long it will take. I don’t know what will be on it. I don’t know how many other musicians I’ll use, or if it will mostly just be me. I just know it will be my own songs. I want to feel it’s me, right now, a self-portrait. Ah, but isn’t that true of anything we do? So this will be that in the key brilliantly disguised insoluble problems.
I play almost every day, but it’s relatively rare for me to decide to plug in the microphones long enough to do one or two takes, maybe overdub a 2nd part. But when I do, if I like it, it will go on the album. Maybe, on occasion, my son, Noah, will sit in. No fancy equipment. Just what I do and how I do it with what’s at hand. May take a little while, but when I get ten tunes, bing, bang boom! An album!
This is what I have so far:
1. “Wherever You Are is Home.” This is a pretty old tune. I’ve only performed it twice. Once shortly after I wrote it a bit over 27 years ago. I didn’t play it again until this recent recording. There was something special about doing it, so so like magic or time-travel … something. Whatever it is, it was a rare and wonderful experience. You can read what its about in a previous post. Noah plays 2nd guitar on this one. The other guitar, voice, and harp are me.
2. “I’ll Be Glad When You’re Gone.” I overdub the harp and 2nd guitar, because, sometimes, I like to play with myself. Who doesn’t? I like the way the tune moves from a kind of country blues feel to something with a little more swing. By the end of it’s, it has some nice jump. Just me on two guitars and harp, but it’s comes out Rock and Roll to me.
3. “Hot Dogs and Beer.” I was asked if there’s anything I believe in. Surprised the hell out of me. I didn’t used to believe in much. These days, I think I believe in everything. Even shit I never heard of. At least a little bit. Anyway, I was asked the question–not the first time- and this tune happened. Just like that. In one go. Just me on voice, harp, and both guitars having fun with it.
4. “Kezia’s Song.” I’m the father of a daughter, and that’s just about as great a thing as a guy can hope to be. One guitar and one voice for one daughter.
That’s all there is right now, but you can listen to these tunes right here and I’d love know that you’d like to hear more:
I don’t have art for the cover yet. So, please, if someone has an idea or wants to take it on, I’m interested in hearing about it. I can be available for photos or to sit for pencil, pen, or brush work, but it doesn’t have be my mug on the cover. Whatever looks good and feels right to me, you know?