I practice writing songs with intention, experience, heart, and style. I believe music exists separate from me, and would describe myself more a transcriber than a writer. There are great songwriters who can write a song at the drop of a hat; it’s not really my style. I listen and wait like a cat in the moonlight. When it’s right, I know it.
I like the idea of musical haiku. I use my memories, emotion, and imagination to try to bring the listener to an experience or event. I’d like every song to be untitled (I feel the same for all art, especially visual art) because titles shade the listener’s understanding of the song before she/he hears it, and I want the listener to have their own experience and understand it on their own. But–it is what it is. I recognize an untitled album full of untitled songs would be kind of ridiculous.
In 2010 I released Conscious Pilot, and then began compiling remixes of certain songs from the album, which I released in the summer of 2012. I gave 5 electronic music producers all the track stems, and almost no guidelines. The only requirement was that there be some recognizable element from Conscious Pilot (I’m a melody man, after all). The remix album is called Co-Pilot’s Cousin.
In 2013 I worked again with producer Michael Hynes on a 4-song EP called PARADISE. A darkly dynamic album with a break from the 3 songs of melancholy with an upbeat song about two people falling in love during the Arab Spring in the Middle East. Artist and Author Matthew Revert did the cover art. I included a 5th track which is the entire EP with no song breaks for continuity.
I’m currently exploring writing apart from the guitar and releasing short instrumentals (on my soundcloud page) that I think will lead to another EP, this time self-produced. We’ll see how it goes.