I’m Back

The last post on this page was seven months ago. Dear readers — if there are any of you left — please accept my apology.

By mid-February I’d already played four solo shows in 2017. I was writing and recording a new batch of songs and starting to build up a website and e-mail list. I just needed to set aside a little time to run a Delta Moon campaign on PledgeMusic, release a Delta Moon album and do some touring behind that.

I turned around and it was September.

Not that I’ve been ignoring the solo project. I’ve never stopped writing. That’s what I do. Now that Delta Moon is shifting to a more collaborative form of songwriting (which I’m totally into) all tunes I come up with on my own will be going into this project. I’ve completely retooled my little home recording studio and have learned a ton about how to use the new equipment and software. It’s time to have some fun.

Outside of a two-week trip to Europe and a few hometown gigs, the band will be taking some well-earned time off in the next few months. I hope to get things moving around here.

Stay tuned. You shouldn’t have to wait seven months for the next post.

(Photo by BNB Photos)

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.