September was a very busy month. I've been studying with some new mentors and working on my musicianship. I've also been balancing that with writing my songs, submitting them to trusted individuals for feedback, and editing the songs. That's always been a tough balance for me to find. Some songwriters feel pulled in just the songwriting direction. Others feel pulled in just the technical musicianship direction. I appreciate both kinds of people. For certain styles, both sides of that dichotomy will ruin the music. If the members of Sonic Youth all had technical prowess, they probably wouldn't look at their instruments in the same way. They wouldn't have found a way to express themselves in the innovative way that they did. Their innovation is what made them great musicians. But as I've been pursuing my artistic goals, I've discovered that I have a passion for writing, songwriting, and excelling at an instrument as well. There are many talented musicians in Nashville that are very multi-faceted. This inspires me to cultivate the same complexities within myself.
I've been working so hard on writing my songs because I plan to record early in 2019. I'm excited to announce that I will be debuting these original songs during my solo set at The Bowery on November 2nd! I will also be on later that night as the guitarist for Estina and the Black Sheep. Please see the events tab for more details. I've been focusing on developing a body of work that's a true culmination of the genres I love, where I'm still able to find my voice among them. I've been working hard to make sure the message or the vibe of each song shines through. Michael Longley once said that one bad line can destroy a poem. Also, I'm learning that if songs border too much on song/poem territory, it can detract from the musicality of a song. There are several details to consider and so many lenses to view everything, which is what makes songwriting so difficult. When I feel like I'm finally on to something after wracking my brain for hours over a line, that makes the process worth the hardship. I will be excited to present something I'm proud of soon.