Archive for January, 2019

Makers of Music blog

January 4, 2019

Makers of music 

I write an album every year and have done so for many years. Music shuts me away in a room from where it will force me to find new ways to become free. And that shall be the expression. As a young man I had seen the poets and chalked my best upon the toilet walls alongside theirs. As I dissolved my youth, I wrote in defiance of any culture that binds us together to plunder our pockets and empty out our dreams. I was a brat with a guitar and an inner poet off the leash. But I turned fifty and my children started leaving.

And now after all these years of writing songs, this is what I have learned. Writing songs is easy, which is why there are so many; writing fine words is difficult, which is why there are so few.

Writing and recording music on my own can be quite an emotional experience. Sometimes it can feel like falling in love and getting divorced all on the same day. But as crazy and intense as this process often is, both performing and at the same time pressing the record button, this is a peculiar madness that I have chosen to court. The absolute focus in performance and the moment of playback when you get to stand closer to the sound of your soul than you probably should, can be dreamlike. In production, I then try to soften this, to ease you back from a time that has been outrageously intimate and private.

But we’re infinite Monkey’s right!