“Please know you deserve to be loved” From Trying To Be Free Words have power. When my self-doubt has me stuck as a ship across the Suez Canal, the words of a friend – even the encouragement of a stranger – can free me. In the days since my new single came out I’ve received a lot … Read more
Heading towards the release of my new single, Trying To Be Free, I’m thinking more than usual about faith and doubt. As the post-pandemic sun starts peeking over the horizon, we’re all asking big questions. How has a year in lockdown changed me? If this is a chance to start over, what do I want to carry with me into ‘life 2.0’ and what could I leave behind? Do I still believe the things I believed a year ago about God, the world around me and myself?
Big questions, indeed.
Here are a few Good Things to help in the asking.
The world is changing. I know that can feel like a bad thing a lot of the time these days, but some of these changes are good. We are finding new ways to connect and create even while apart – and these new ways won’t disappear when the virus does. Here are a few good things about new ways – from new ways to share folk music to new ways to make music at a distance and an old way to bring about change.
Thing To Listen To: Meet Me At The Edge Of The World For several recent years, I’ve had the pleasure of learning songwriting for music and life partners Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist, better known as Over The Rhine. At least, better known in some parts of the world. Somehow after nearly three decades of making beautiful … Read more
Thing To Listen To: This Must Be Shawn Colvin’s Place This week I was putting together a great big playlist of my favourite love songs of all time. Part of the process was reading lists of “best love songs” online and seeing what stuck for me. Another part was asking for your suggestions on social … Read more
Good Things are everywhere, especially if we are willing to look backward. In this week’s Good Things we start by listening to the nineties then travel back a hundred years and finally hundreds more years, finding beauty all along our way. Thing To Listen To: Wildflowers At Home I bought Tom Petty’s Wildflowers back in … Read more
We live in an era of singles. One-offs. Momentary attention. Think back to your favourite albums as a teenager. Remember sitting beside the CD player (record player, tape deck) and letting your favourite music overtake you. I remember sitting with Hayden’s Everything I Long For song after song. I remember playing all 28 tracks of my double-disc … Read more
Looking for ways to stretch and grow at the start of another year? Try these three. Thing To Listen To: CARM Listening to music in new genres can stretch your sonic muscles quickly, especially when the music is as eclectic as CARM’s recent releases. CARM is the musical moniker of CJ Camerieri, whose horn parts you’ve … Read more