Flying Solo

IMG_2111Not long ago a friend who is a commercial airline pilot asked me if I ever got scared before a performance. I said, “Not as much as if I were landing a jet plane.”

“Hey,” he said, “I’m terrified every time.”

The solo radio show on WRFG went really well, despite the massive amounts of adrenalin pumping through my system. Thanks again to host Dave Chamberlain. The response to the five new songs has been great. According to the comments and e-mails, each one was somebody’s favorite. And there are more. I’m trying to write every day now and finish everything I start. A song a week is the goal.

The next step is to make some solo recordings. In the last few weeks Delta Moon has recorded demos of a few of these songs. Soon we’ll start trying them out in live shows. But not all of my new tunes are Delta Moon’s type of songs. Besides, now the band is putting emphasis on writing in the studio as an ensemble. I enjoy that approach, but it  doesn’t keep me from songwriting at home and wanting to perform the songs I write.

When ten or twelve songs are ready to go — and that won’t be long now — I plan to go into a studio alone and record a batch of demos, which I’ll post here to share with you. I’m finding my direction, and we’ll see where it leads.

Solo performance is a great exercise, paring the presentation down to exactly what the song is, no more and no less. It’s a process of discovery. A song can surprise you. Sometimes you can surprise yourself.

I’m working on this every day. Things keep moving right along. Please stay tuned.

 

2 thoughts on “Flying Solo

  1. At the moment my favorurite ones are “Coolest Fools” and “Don`t Make No Difference Now”. Two opposite ways of looking at a same thing. Fascinating.
    Cannot wait to hear more…

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