"I have a structured songwriting process. I start with the music and try to come up with musical ideas, then the melody, then the hook, and the lyrics come last. Some people start with the lyrics first because they know what they want to talk about and they just write a whole bunch of lyrical ideas, but for me the music tells me what to talk about."
"For me, songwriting is something like breathing: I just do it. But that doesn't mean you're fantastic."
"For a songwriter, you don't really go to songwriting school; you learn by listening to tunes. And you try to understand them and take them apart and see what they're made of, and wonder if you can make one, too."
Dear SoundCloud Listeners,
Hello and thank you for checking out my music. I am a solo singer-songwriter and I have been writing songs on guitar since my late teenage years in the early 1990s.
I choose to keep the production value of my songs as simple as possible. I love the phenomenon that once successful songs are stripped down to their “bare-bones” they are still memorable (like old standards including “Oh, Susannah!” and “I've Been Working on the Railroad” to name a couple) -- and in this way, these songs can easily be hummed, whistled and even sung a cappella. That said, however, I don't think that all songs need to be traditionally melodic or devoid of accompanying instruments and in this way I am constantly experimenting with new musical styles and forms. Despite my efforts to define myself, I am admittedly changing each day, so who knows what any of this means?
I see my guitar playing simply as a vehicle to support the song as its own narrative and although I am constantly improving my technique, I am not interested in being a virtuoso. My real ambition is to find my niche as a solo street performer (a modern-day troubador or bard), singing my songs to anyone who will stop and listen...
I love to find and create natural sounds that come from enclosed spaces like stairwells, closets, bathrooms and rooms with strong built-in acoustics -- spaces where loud, hollow, echoed sounds can resonate like music being played from an amplifier without sounding electrical and machine-like. I do, however, record my songs on a digital recorder in an MP3 format so I can share them online like this.
I see myself first and foremost as a storyteller. My "training" comes not from a school of music (I don't read music but I have invented my own "musical" notation that works solely for my creative process) but from theatre, cinema and creative writing/literature; these interconnected visual academic and performance-based disciplines inform my musicianship. Although my music tends to be raw (because I don't desire an electronic studio sound), the songs themselves tend to have traditional pop-song structures and I feel they are best experienced intimately and up-close like with headphones or in enclosed rooms, or even your car...
All my best,
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