Mechanical Rag, 2018
Since the release of "Home Life," I'd written many pieces and released very little. I'd been feeling like my brain is going to burst with the constant collision of partial projects and the new, complete and unreleased ones. For awhile I was convinced that in this endless storm of modern music, only our greatest works are worth thrusting into the mix. But, frankly, to hell with it! To hell with being so precious with creation. Marking the beginning of a great purging of art in order to make room for future muses is "Mechanical Rag." I don't want it anymore. Free me! This album is basically a live composite of journal musings improvised over some musical ideas in front of a single microphone during one short sitting.
The Home Recordings, 2015-2016
"Home Life" was recorded between 2015 and 2016 in my makeshift home studio. Each song is based on a true story. Before every session, a dining room table was removed for a drum kit. A laptop was wired up on a kitchen countertop. Microphones hung from a living room ceiling fan. Notebooks of lyrics carpeted the floor. The usual setup was taken down and packed away after every session. The overarching story builds and declines in a calculated manner. Broadly speaking, soundscapes escort the listener from one song's world to the next, forming a loose chronology. As my first major release, "Home Life" is a dramatized retelling of memorable antics throughout childhood and, while examining such personal affairs, succeeds in rooting out a collection of universal meaning. It's hard to imagine an adventurous tune like "Who's There?", which, upon first listen, is simply about waiting for a guest to arrive. "Line to the Attic" turns a musty storage space into a twisted, yet whimsical circus. Underneath the title track's raucous energy lies a morbid account of a family crumbling after a young man ends his own life. All in all, it's easy to forget this work is a sonic scrapbook coming from a middle class home. "Home Life" is a huge production with a humble base. It takes itself seriously, but implements humor while maintaining compassion.