We are not ourselves in the presence of others. By this I mean, If you really wanted to know someone, you’d have to spy on them when no one else is around. When you’re young, you truly believe that no one understands you and, well… you’re mostly right. In fact, if you can find even one or two people in your entire lifetime that genuinely care about “getting” you, you’ve done pretty well. Art (in any form) is really just a quest for some sort of remedy for that “lack of understanding” and like it or not, our lives are constantly influenced by the product of that quest and the people who set out on it. I’m pretty sure I didn’t recognize this philosophy when I was a kid but I definitely wanted to be one of THOSE people and I myself, couldn’t understand those who didn’t.
Most of the songs I’m about to release were written on cocktail napkins. I suppose if anyone had been spying on me while I sat alone in a booth or on a barstool scratching them down, they may have gotten a glimpse of the real me. Although I never consciously write songs in order to be understood, those whose ears this music falls upon will be in a way, hearing “me” when no one else is around.
On June 22nd, 2010 — “removed”, my 12 song debut album will be available as a digital download or mail order physical copy (with 12 page booklet) either here on this site, at iTunes, or wherever you buy your music. Please know that hard copies of the CD with booklet are in limited supply so if you want one we urge you to order quickly.
For those who live or will be in the Los Angeles area on June 22nd, we’ll be kicking off the release with a party at The House Of Blues in Hollywood where the band and I will be performing a few cuts from the record. This will be an invitation only event, however WE WILL BE GIVING AWAY SOME PASSES TO SUBSCRIBERS so if you haven’t yet already, sign up (top right corner of this page) and stay tuned if you’re interested in attending the show. More info will be coming soon.
We’re also trying to put together a video Q&A for subscribers sometime before the album drops and there are a few more bits of awesome that we’re planning that I can’t mention until we get the go ahead so again, check in as frequently as you can. If you wanna help spread the word please retweet, comment, or post a link to this site on Facebook, Twitter, or anywhere else you choose.
For all of you who have been here from the start and those who are just joining me, I want to once again put forth my sincere gratitude for your kind words, graciousness and support. My hope is that this record will not only bend your ear for now, but in time find a permanent and poignant place in your listening library for years to come.