So, as it goes, I awoke from a very long ‘sleep’. A freakin’ decades long one!
The first recording contract for me and the band was in 1969. A few labels and three albums and seven singles later later, it ended in 1977, dead broke and tired of the whole thing. Not music, just all the other BS surrounding the biz. I plan to write more about these days so stay tuned.
Anyway, I kept writing sorta routinely until around 1985. Mainly, to try to impress whatever girl I was infatuated with at the time. Had a lot of those! The last one I wrote was ‘Water From The Moon’. I kinda stole the title. It’s really an expression that I heard which, if you haven’t figured out, means basically impossible. And the song is about an impossible relationship. And that’s another long story . . .
So my D41 sat year after year waiting patiently for me to pick her up. Yes, I’d pick her up from time to time and play. But inspiration was nowhere to be found. And man, it’s tough to get back into the groove. Singing and playing is hard work. I forgot how much. Anyway, those years turned into decades. It’s really hard for me say that!
From then on, I spent most of my time playing business and trying to buy happiness with things like racing cars and material stuff. But it’s true, that just never works. And I never was really good at the ‘straight life’ or being an adult anyway! Thankfully, I don’t have any young ones to nfluence!
After my 69th birthday, the whole what’s-this-life-about started to stare at me hard. And I realized the only thing that ever mattered, and the only thing I ever really want to do was and is write and make records.
So, I sold my house and most everything I owned and headed out west for a break. And inspiration did find me finally, mainly in hotel rooms oddly. And the music started to come out. And the callouses came back to my finger-tips!
‘Water From The Moon’ is the title of my new EP as well as one of the tunes. I’m laying down tracks in a much different fashion this time around though. Back in my label days, you popped into a studio with the band, worked as fast as you could, and then lived with the outcome. This time around I’m moving slower, doing basic tracks in my home studio and bringing in other musicians online. And most of them are the guys I made records with in the past.
Anyway, I’m back and I hope you dig ‘Water From The Moon’ when I can finally say ‘it’s done’.
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