In the coming weeks I’m going to share a lot more about how I wrote, recorded, and produced ‘Songs I Owe You’.
The important part is that I’m speaking I the past tense about all of that work. Which means I ACTUALLY FINISHED MY FIRST RECORD.
I started playing guitar around the time Clinton played his sax on late night. 1992 for anyone keeping count. 26 years. I didn’t have goals when I started. I really loved music, and didn’t take to piano (so much). But there was a very old Kay archtop acoustic guitar that sat beside the couch of my childhood home. My Grandfather left it there, for reasons i may never know. But at some point I started to drag that unwieldy thing across my lap and recognized that there was great power in it’s rusty strings.
26 years later I still get a little jolt of electricity in my brain every time I pick one up.
I’m so thankful for my musical path. This album is the culmination of many years of learning the instrument, learning about songs and writing and performance, and the final piece of the puzzle: production.
In a way, production is just finishing. And finishing can be hard to do. This project has taken me well outside of my comfort zone in terms of skills, abilities, and confidence in my end product. I had to remove the options and paths that had previously ended in “no album” many times before. I think this is where I learned the most lessons, where the juice was well worth the long hard squeeze. Part of this was committing to the release date before starting.
In doing so, I became very accountable to the project: I had to finish because I promised you.
Stay tuned for more details about the process for this record.
I hope you can make it out to a show sometime soon to grab a copy and have a chat about music!