This is a tough question to answer. I really feel like the songwriting process is a gift from God. I usually sit down to write when I'm feeling creative and start writing the music first and if I like it, I repeat it over and over again. Then try to get a feel for the music and see what comes out for the lyrics. Almost every time, if I'm really feeling the music, the lyrics just pour out. It's beautiful.
Any Songs You Have Written That Hold An Extra Place In Your Heart? And If So, Why?
I really like "Control" and feel it's one of favorites. The lyrics are very inspiring to me and have helped me get through some crazy times, and the motion my hands go through while playing this song is so rhythmic, reminding me of the ocean and how the waves come in and then recede.
What Are Your Thoughts On The Recording Sessions?
Well most of my recording has been in my own home studios or on whatever recording device I have close at hand at the time, but as far as the couple of real studios I've been in, recording is very tiring. I feel really excited to hear the quality and be able to hear my songs in a whole new setting, but the repetition is what gets to me. It's hard to keep the same feelings attached to each song after playing them so many times. I tend to feel relieved and proud when I finally sit back and listen to the finished product though. It's like watching a child grow up.
What About The First Show You Played, Any Memories?
Oh man. That was a nightmare, yet such a moving time for me. I remember it well. I had been awake for 3 days when I did my first performance. I had rushed a few hours before the show to write a song, just so I could take place in this event. It was an all-female talent show called Femme raising money for charity (For women specifically). A friend asked if I'd like to join so I scrambled words together and made up a song ("You Don't Have to Worry"). I was so nervous I drank a pitcher of beer before going on stage while rehearsing. When I got on stage I could barely read my own handwriting on scratch paper I had set by my feet on the stage. I started playing and had to stop because my vision was blurred and the lyrics were chicken scratch. I apologized and started over. The second time through I totally wailed, surprising most that knew me in my hometown. No one knew I could sing, maybe neither did I. It was a rush like no other and the 500-600 people in the crowd totally supported me. What a night! That is still one of my favorite songs.
So Far, What Has Been Your Best Live Experience?
My best live experience was definitely at the 3rd Femme show I performed at. I was fully prepared and performed 4 new songs I had written that year. All of those songs were powerful and I had them nailed down. Being spot-on for a performance is a great feeling.
Red, Green and Blue
Come on, man. Pizza.
Any Memories Of The First Concert You Attended?
I wish i could remember the first concert, but I don't. I'm guessing it was some sort of Christian rock or alternative music because I was raised in the church and kind of forbidden from listening to anything but that, in exception to the oldies. Going to concerts has been one of the greatest memories of my life and continues to be. I love live music!
Any Bands/Artists You Enjoy Listening To That People Might Find Surprising?
I'm a big fan of Grizzly Bear, Metric, Deerhoof and of course the Beatles. I'm not sure if any of those are surprising but, like some, I still love Alanis Morissette. She has a way of really displaying all of herself in her music. Very inspiring to me.
So What Do You Have Planned For Next Year?
I plan to be traveling up the West coast for the beginning of the year and then continuing to play with my band Shiny Voyage, aside from my solo stuff. More songwriting, more networking. Maybe some studio time in between. Just living and loving life right now.
What Do You Want To Say To The Fans?
Well, I wish I had more fans to speak to, but for all the responses I've gotten so far about my music, thank you for your honesty and for taking the time to listen. Music is my passion and without it, I'd be dead. Literally. God has given me the gift of music and I plan to sing and play until the day I die.