all the records i love, all the great records in the world are FULL of holes. big, imperfect, glorious holes.
and the songs on them didn’t come from fear.
they came from the mess.
queen’s ‘under pressure’, dylan’s ‘visions of johanna’,
‘with or without you’, the first 6 van halen records…
they came from human beings being swept away
in the NOT knowing.
i’m not saying they weren’t revised or tweaked.
i’m saying… it wasn’t pre-meditated.
the greatness just showed up.
and greatness can only show up when an artist
is being truthful. wide open. un-self-conscious.
(and even then, obviously, that’s no guarantee.
there are a whole lot of NOT great, honest records
in the world.. but i digress)
i’m super proud of my new record.
it embarrasses me too.
i made choices to leave stuff in the songs that i
used to edit out. specifics in the lyrics that made
me feel vulnerable. ‘cause you can’t pull punches.
music deserves more than that.
it deserves honesty, at all costs.
it deserves our uninhibited, weird selves.
i’m not implying that i’ve made ‘the joshua tree’ here..
or some completely transcendent masterpiece of
one-ness with the universe. i’m just saying that with
every record, i get a better handle on how to be me.
i get better at clearing out my judgements and boiling
stuff down to the essentials.
and with this record, i can really feel it working. i hear it.
these songs feel different, in a real cool way. it’s exciting…
evolution, baby! a bunch of steps forward on the slow slog
towards becoming 100% myself. cause in the end, that’s
the only real currency we have anyway.
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