This song makes me think of all those many moments I waste every day worrying about all the moments I wasted the day before. Vicious cycle, much? Yeah, so really it's a simple concept: forget what just happened, and don't even think about what's going to happen next. Just truly live…and live free.
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This song was my first shot at recording a chorus of me. (Me on me on me, all at once, in one line? Woah! Now that's advertising right there.) It went better than I thought it would, honestly, considering it was totally spontaneous and I didn't have any of my equipment with me. The end annoys the poo out of me, though, so feel free to judge me like a crazy person. Lord knows I do.
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This is one of the first songs I can remember ever writing. From what I recall, at the time I thought I was writing it about someone I barely knew. Really, when I look back at it, like all my songs, it's a song for me. I was trying to tell myself that I liked who I was and I didn't need to change for me. Sometimes I still need that reminder.
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This song spilled out of me at the airport while I was waiting to pick up a friend. I'd just stopped seeing someones with whom I felt really good about myself, really free and beautiful. I've always seen so much beauty in relationships, and in my mind, the more connections, the better. The more simultaneous entanglements, the more complicated and compelling my feelings will be, and so will be my story.
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I wrote this song in high school about a girl who was kind of mean to me, but I'm accidentally reclaiming it. Every time I hear it recently I think about my girlfriend, and how she sometimes lashes out in little ways when she's scared, which is a lot, because being with me is scary. I think about those moments, and how they really are about how brave she is and how much she cares for me. I think about it all the time.
I started writing this song in my head in an ice cream store. Maybe it's about sugar. Maybe it's about someone I've never met. I don't know. I didn't create the feeling; i just did my best to explain it.
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One day, I heard the Powerpuff Girls theme song (which happens relatively regularly to me), and decided I could be passionate enough about that catchy tune to spend the next thirty-something hours busting out a cover. I composed and mixed it and it's been stuck in my head ever since. I hope you like it as much as I do!
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This is one of few songs I've written intentionally, thinking on purpose about every line and every melody. I did that as a test, to see whether the conscious part of me is involved at all in the songwriting process. Usually it feels totally involuntary and almost meditative.
I remember performing this song at Dallas' Akon one year. That was fun. But it's an intense, emotional, kind of dark song, so it was sort of a weird choice. Ah, well. Those folks are artsy. They get it.
This song is sort of a compilation of several different things I was toying around with in high school. Mostly I improvised on the piano in the choir room in between periods, and I took a couple of my favorite improvisations and turned them into this.
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I'm just a guy who writes music and then plays it. I feel like it's pretty straight-forward.