Though the seats were empty this time, we all managed to have tons of musical fun. After performing Gardens and Cobblestones with pals Phil (piano) and Tyler (cajon), Phil pushed my Tom Petty button, and we shared moments with Free Fallin’ and Breakdown. Then I capped my performance off with an acceptable performance of Possum Kingdom by the Toadies.
I haven’t had a drink since November 1, 2018. I captured this song during a particularly lucid rumination on how I was feeling: Inspired. Ceasing the destruction of myself and becoming much more responsive to inspiration has begun to instill a sense this feeling is worth sharing.
Wearing my 80s production and Bowie influence on my sleeve, I present this work.
In this open mic, the table right in front of me caught on fire while I played my first song. Also, I followed an interesting fellow who was visited by an alien being and pronounced the “chosen one.” So, as I continue to hone my gift of stage gab, I concocted an opening that gave a nod to that. Featuring Gardens and Cobblestones, I Drive a Bus, and– inevitably– Chinese Buffet.
I happened upon a really infectious beat I created a couple of years ago and, after an enjoyable session, pulled a catchy melody from the universe. As fate would have it, I decided to listen to The Doors for the heck of it, and realized what I had with this song is a Doors-influenced piece of classic rock with a twist of contemporary production. And so, On Fire was born. It was fun to channel a bit of Jim Morrison, walking the line between psychedelic and Sinatra in vocal and lyrical styling. Yep, looks pretentious to have typed that out loud.
I’ve been working on this song rather than processing my open mic videos (two shows in the backlog, one of which features a misguided attempt to play my piano arrangement of Redneck Vacation. Sometimes things don’t work out, but I do plan on sharing it soon.). At any rate, here is “Making a Living,” my first song of 2019. It is written for my daughter, who is 20 and feeling angsty about being an adult.