Wow! I put out a lot of stuff this year. Here is a bit of a rundown of things I did in 2017.
The Great Thought Thinker (Joe Pyeweed). I was blessed to get to work with the ultra-talented Joe Pyeweed again, on the Great Thought Thinker. You are blessed to be able to hear it right here.
Old Dogs. I spent some time re-working and re-recording old songs from my old band, The Moondogs. I did about 8 or 9 songs, and whittled that down to an EP. You can listen to it here.
A couple cool things about this one: First, I did a cover of Kiss’ “Tears Are Falling”. That’s pretty cool in itself. But two, I put this out on cassette. And three – I put this out on 8-track! Yes, 8-track, and yes, you do want one. You can get yours here if you want to spend your Xmas scratch. The 8-track actually has a few extra songs (the ones that did not make the EP, but were still fun), and some special things to even out each of the four sections.
i must become less (REMASTERED). So I made this record in 2015, with a lot of help from dear friends. I was super proud of it. It was one of the first ones I did using Cakewalks’ Sonar again (I was a longtime Cakewalk user, switched to a digital console device – but went back because of ease and flexibility that Sonar gave me). It was also the first one where I submitted my songs to people to help “edit”, or really co-write. Really, my dear friends Nathan and Joan Boyer did the, “This doesn’t flow, that’s not proper english” with my songs. It was super helpful, and a lot of fun!
But after a couple years, I wished the mix was better. But I was too lazy to go and fix. So I called my dear friend Tony Preston, and he was gracious enough to make my “ok” mix sound amazing! Give it a listen here!
And as an added bonus – here is a special remix of the song “Show Me Your Glory“…
3000… This song was written from the perspective of one of the 3,000 nameless children who are aborted every single day. I wasn’t interested in politicizing this issue of abortion. But it really is either an issue of the rights of the mother, if that child is not a human being, or the rights of the child in her, if we are talking about a human being. Science tells us we are dealing with a human being. We all know this. Why do we deny it? So I wrote the song, to try and further that conversation. You can listen here. And every stream of it, I donate to to an organization called New Life Family Services, specifically to a program called “Conquerors”. This program is designed to minister to women who are hurting, due to a past abortion. You can read about them here:
The Only Childs. Man, this was fun! I got together with my dear friends Tony Preston and Alex Sutherland to try and write some songs. Tony was a longtime bandmate – he was in The Moondogs with me for years. He and I started a band called OnceBlind. Alex joined OnceBlind when Tony left, and he and I ended that band. So I thought, why not us three try and do a special “OnceBlind” project. We changed courses a couple times, and ended up with this nice little EP. We used Tom Carlon and Steven J. Parenteau, who were the bassist and drummer in The Moondogs, as our rhythm section. And Tom’s daughter Anna lended her amazing voice to one of the songs. It was really cool and fun! We’re hoping to do a show or two in 2018, to have a little fun playing these songs. You can listen to it here for now.
If I Could Leave This Place. This record, was a culmination of songwriting throughout 2017. It started with a request from my nephew, who was in the Marines at the time. “Can you write me a song? Make it a Country song.” I did not make it a country song, but I did in fact write him a song.
Then I started writing songs for other loved ones. I put together a dozen or so, and put this record together. It’s probably my favorite record, mainly because it’s so personal. I hope you enjoy it as well! Give it a listen.
- I hired out musicians from Nashville for one song. Actually I ended up using them on two versions of the song. Pretty cool!
- I did a Beatle cover, which is scary. But it turned out alright.
- I did a cover of one of my dear friend’s songs. Jeromy Darling is a gifted songwriter. When I couldn’t pull out a true worship song (they all sounded cheesy, like the stuff you hear on the radio), I asked if I could use one he had already written. He’s a lovely human being, and of course said yes. My friend Anna (Tom’s daughter) sang with me on it, which sounds amazingly, hauntingly beautiful.
- I hired out pedal steel and dobro from a guy in England, named Toby Wilson. Super talented! If you need any work, he’s your man.
Whew! And if that wasn’t enough, I recorded some backing tracks for a few friends on their songs, and I put out a couple singles to end the year, “You Are Beautiful” and “You Will Find Him On A Mercy Seat“. Both will be on my upcoming release – yes, I have a new release in the works… I just can’t stop… Which brings me to 2018 plans:
- I’m still working on my double-double album. Two double-albums, each will be somewhere between 15 and 30 songs long. A concept album, based on the Bible. Think of it as a non-theologian writing and arranging songs around the books of the Bible. One will be all old testament, and one all new. I started this in the spring of 2016, and I still have a long way to go. But it’s chugging along! Hopefully done by end of 2018, God-willing.
- This new record of mine, should be out by spring. I just need a couple more parts added, then mix it. I kinda dig it. It’s a lot more “simple” in nature than my last. It’s also a bit more dark.
- I have a few songs slated for another EP, that will probably rear it’s head in 2018. Hoping to do these songs with some dear friends.
- I plan to do a few shows throughout the year. Time-permitting, more than I have in the past couple years.
- Maybe start working on a new Only Childs record? We’ll see.
- I am working with Alex Sutherland on his solo debut. It’s going to be primarily a country record. I’m super stoked for this one!
- Lastly, I’m hoping to try and get some work as a producer, helping people make the best record, song, demo, whatever, they can. We’ll see how this goes. If you are someone who could use some help, hit me up!
Suffice it to say, 2018 should be musically pretty similar to 2017 for me.
Here’s to a wonderful 2018 for you, and may God bless you abundantly!