It’s always been an awesome feeling to write new songs and put them up in front of a live audience because you get instant feedback of how the songs are connecting with your fans. This is especially gratifying for me because Americana Music is all about the song and if it is done right, there is such a sincere quality that really connects with people. The best way for me to get to that level of honesty is to really try to observe life and see it for what it is.
While I have been writing a lot in preparation for my next Americana Music record and have about ten songs ready, one of my favorite new songs, Vibrant Neon came about through that exact kind of observation. I had seen a band playing a gig and all the neon lights on the stage really caught my attention and got me thinking that it really gives off a magical glow. I thought how vibrant and alive those lights are when you’re driving at night and how each town has a glow, that draws you closer to it. I’ve always loved that feeling of coming to a new town and discovering a bit of its history and try to get a feel for its pulse. I love how one idea can bring about an entire story that can be played out in a song.
I think I’ve been lucky because I get to write about all kinds of subjects through Americana Music, then get to find out if what I see in something has a similar impact on others.