Dylan’s, “like a rolling stone,” was right about when my step-father was officially totally out of the house and I was also probably going to be moving out soon (except I didn’t know it yet) and soon after that did end up happening and I lived by myself, I dove deeper into Dylan’s catalogue. Starting and Freewheeling and working my way all through and then back around through basement tapes and the rest. Like a rolling stone with no way home, I realized I really loved music. Then when I ran across “Don’t Think Twice,” quite soon after; and the fingers, words, voice, and instrument of one person (though the picking pattern is allegedly stolen) made such a massive impact that I just realized that I had to try to make music, because I would rather die reaching for a star that can affect that kind of emotion and failing than not reaching at all.
It was a long some 20 years of pretty rough music. Not rough and cool like Rage Against the Machine, but just like ouch, that guy is trying and that’s clear. Succeeding not, really.
I couldn’t never find out why and it’s because I don’t know anything but feeling and sound. Now over the years I’ve certainly taught myself some but I’ve never actually taken any music classes; and so I miss a lot of the basics. Then about 18 years into my really trying music, which had great lyrics for the most part always but just not the most thoughtful planning, I heard Ray Lamontagne and about half a year later saw him perform in person. It absolutely changed my musical life.
That was a Saturday and I realized that the goal set years ago to try and make even one song as emotionally evocative as “don’t think twice” was lost, that I would never and Ray Lamontage was living proof of that. I thought about selling my instruments and putting it to rest. The relationship was over, and it had failed. I just couldn’t because that’s how life works, and much like Dylan wrote his, “Song for Woody,” I figured the last song I would write would be a “Song to Ray.” I’ve since forgotten that song wholly, but it was the first song that won the response I was looking for and gave me the fuel to keep on. My music has never been the same since, and now after making three albums, I feel like I’m just beginning to get a real sense of how to make and produce fun songs.
We have six new songs ready to record for a fourth album, but the three you see are over a decades worth of personal and musical developments that together tell the story of a period in everyone’s life. One that repeats in different ways at different times, but always leaves us better than we thought possible.
I’ve probably written close to six hundred songs over the years, I remember how to play maybe six or nine at any given time, and I’ve only recorded and produced 27 for albums. There’s a lot more recordings and starter albums, and other projects but these were planned as a trio working with one of the greatest co-producers I’ve ever met, Patrick Himes. Owner of Reel Love Studio, life-long musician, engineer, and national performer.