Honest Songs

I vividly remember sitting in my white Jeep Cherokee in my high school parking lot when I first heard Chris Carrabba belt out “please send me anything but signals that are mixed cuz I can’t read your rolling eyes.” I was immediately hooked upon Chris’s first breath and down stroke ofAgain I Go Unnoticed.” It was short, simple and driving. It was raw. It had so much emotion behind it. I’d pretty much bought in completely by the time they released their MTV unplugged album in 2002.

I feel even more in love when they released “A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar.” I will STILL watch the bonus DVD (Far From Home) that came along with that cd.

I’d be lying to you if I didn’t admit that Dashboard was one of the BIGGEST influences for my own songwriting and music style. I fell in love with his language and the pure simplicity of his stripped down sets of him and his acoustic guitar. Same thing goes with Dan “Soupy” Campbell of the Wonder Years and Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties. The way he writes is just honest and raw.

Soupy Campbell

I’ve always been a “lyrics” guy so anyone that has heartfelt, sincere lyrics typically gets my full attention. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Frank Turner and one of his songs “Try This at Home” has been a great reminder to just do it. Just create music for the sake of creating music. Who f’n cares if anyone likes it or will listen to it. Stop doubting yourself and just have fun with it. It’s not that serious.

Frank

Kati and I talk about this concept all the time. We (as humans / people) get so wrapped up in placement and position. We’ve been so conditioned by the mentality of “be the best or don’t participate at all” that we will not participate in something we enjoy for the soul reason we can’t be the best. How much are you missing out on because you’re too afraid to start or you don’t think you’re too good at it? So WS

Youre never gonna get people to listen to your music. No one cares about your writing. Your songs aren’t mastered in a studio. Why bother?”

Because I like writing and playing. I like the creation process and think it’s important to put that out into the universe. It’s that simple of an answer. That’s the “why.”

I took an extended break from the band back in my 2.5 year stay in grad school. I just didn’t have the capacity to do both. So we put our debut album out in October 2018… played a few shows and fell off. That’s mostly my doing. I had to make choices for my career and had to set boundaries. I still continued to write and put out acoustic stuff… and we did play a few shows… but it was just too much. But now that I’m settled into a job… music has resurfaced full force! I’m writing more solo acoustic stuff and hoping to play a good amount of those types of gigs. Also the band is back playing and getting ready to record 4-5 new songs! We’re kicking off the rust with a show at Interstellar September 17 and will hopefully start playing elsewhere in the upcoming months.

Da bois

Life is good. I’ll probably start making more music related posts with new songs, lyrics, and videos. I did a quick inventory of ALL the songs I’ve ever written and it’s something ridiculous coming in at +60 songs. Obviously most have never been released or recorded. Some are sweet. Some are mean. Some suck. Some don’t. I plan on releasing a lot more music from now to the end of the year so be prepared… or dont… I don’t really care one way or the other.

I do have a new single “October Skies” coming out on Monday. Well… it’s out now on SoundCloud and to download on Bandcamp… but will be available errrrywhere else on Monday (ie: Spotify, Apple, Amazon, etc)

But if you’re not doing something you think you might enjoy or something that you already love but you don’t feel you’re good at it… or that you think other people will think negatively of it… just do it. Who f’n cares. Be creative. Be you. Do what you want!

“The Mountains Are Calling”

When the mountains call your name
I hope you think of me
I hate the way this ended 
But it's how its got to be
When you burn that many bridges
You learn how to sink or swim 
But I won't be standing next to you 
When you burn em down again

This bond is broken 
And will never be the same
The words that you spoke to me 
Cut deep to the heart of my veins

When the mountains call your name
I hope that you still smile
I hope you find redemption 
In those Appalachian miles
You're Tennessee whiskey 
And I'm Alabama rum
But no matter how you shoot it 
We've got a long, long way to run

This bond is broken 
And will never be the same
The words that you spoke to me
Cut deep to the heart of my veins 

I've gotta figure out where I'm going from here 
Am I making any sense? Am I making myself clear? 
I never thought that I would see the day 
When I turn my back to you and slowly walk away 

This bond is broken 
And will never be the same
The words that you spoke to me 
Cut deep to the heart of my veins

“Fall From Grace”

Fall From Grace live at Ryktor
Call it women’s intuition
Call it anything you want
But self respect and dignity
Were the first things that you lost
I don’t need your point of reason
You don’t have to say a word
Close your lips, bite your tongue 
And save it for the birds

Not a long way to fall
Not a long way to fall
Not a long way to fall, to fall from grace

You’re no angel, you’re no saint
Come to grips with what you ain't
Say goodbye and let it go

Light a match and watch it burn
Bridges broken, lessons learned 
Tired of living in your world. 

I’m pulling broken arrows 
And daggers from my back
You don’t get to play the victim
When you’re the one out on attack
I don't mean to stir up trouble
Lord knows that you know best
You wear your pain for the world to see
Like a patch sewn on your chest

Not a long way to fall
Not a long way to fall
Not a long way to fall
To fall from grace. 

You’re no angel, you’re no saint
Come to grips with what you aint
Say goodbye and let it go
Light a match and watch it burn
Bridges broken, lessons learned
I’m tired of living in your world

I don’t meet your expectations
I don’t need that shit at all
I don’t meet your expectations darling
I don’t need that at all! 

You’re no angel, you’re no saint
Come to grips with what you aint
Say goodbye and I'll let you go

“Chasing Light”

Chasing Light live at Ryktor
The tears in your eyes makes me want to change
Makes me want to be a better man for someone like you 
The words on your lips make me feel ashamed 
Makes me rearrange everything for someone like you 

Well I'm not the man that I thought I would grow to be 
When I look into this mirror it's not what I want to see 
More and more it feels like 
I'm living someone else's dream
It's time to start living
It's time to start living
It's time to start living for me! 

The tears in your eyes makes me want to stay 
Makes me want to say all the words that I can't say to you 
The fear in your voice makes me feel afraid 
Makes me want to be a stronger man for someone like you 

Well I'm not the man that I thought I would grow to be
When I look into this mirror it's not what I want to see
More and more it feels like 
I'm living someone else's dream
It's time to start living
It's time to start living
It's time to start living for me!

I'll pack all my bags and head out West 
Where the skies always blue with red sunsets 
And I'll watch the sunrise through brand new eyes
I'll say goodbye to everyone I know 
Leave a note on the table with words I wrote 
Saying, "I'll be alright. Just chasing Light." 

The tears in your eyes makes me want to go 
Makes me want to show the world that
 I can be so much more for you 
The state of your soul makes me want to pray 
Makes me think that I might be a man that could be saved 

Well I'm not the man that I thought I would grow to be
When I look into this mirror it's not what I want to see
More and more it feels like
 I'm living someone else's dream
It's time to start living
It's time to start living
It's time to start living for me!

I'll pack all my bags and head out West
Where the skies always blue with red sunsets
And I'll watch the sunrise through brand new eyes
I'll say goodbye to everyone I know
Leave a note on the table with words I wrote
Saying, "I'll be alright. Just chasing Light."