Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Music to my ears. Laughing Goat - 11/3/10 - 730pm
Music has always played an important role in my life. I first learned how to play the guitar when I was 13 years old, and more important than school or chores, was rock and roll. Zeppelin baby! Further along, and somewhere around 20, I had lost my way, both musically and in character. Soon after, I lost a Battle of the Bands contest to Jason Mraz. Go figure...
Around 20 I found some direction - in bluegrass, gospel, and folk music. I dug the complexity of songwriting mixed with the sorrowful and lonesome sound of acoustic instruments. I took to it fast and soon tried to pawn off as many Americana songs as I could to whoever would listen. Singing has never been my strong suit, and about 7 years ago I let go of caring about it. So, I apologize for that in advance.
Over the last 5 years I've begun to develop my own style of playing. Of course, nothing can be considered "new" or their "own" on this little wooden box. For me, it's rather - a melting pot of those players I've ingested and now channel outwards. Get it? Bluegrass Techno Rock Fury.
The last 3 years of my life have been pursuing a career in another love, photography. Grinding it out on my leather ass and traveling the world to make a living. I can't say it's been all cookies and cream, but I can look back with love, strength, wisdom , and at least say - I made it my own way. I am blessed to have been able to jump when I needed to, I guess. So, I'm jumping again.
I have had too many dreams for this one life of mine, I've been told. And I can only thank my friends, family, and the endless support of my dearest, Sheyna Button, for the chance to put this new one to the test.
When I turned 30, I picked back up the guitar, but this time more seriously. I decided I wanted to write my own music, lyrics, and arrangements. About this time I saw Kate Jaworski play at the Laughing Goat in Boulder. She was solo and the place was packed. She could play, she could sing, and she wanted to be up there guiding the sound.
After seeing a few of her shows, I suggested that we write something together. "About what?" She said. So, upon being asked the hardest question one could ask, I said "I dunno, the ocean." So, by text-message, we wrote, line by line, each alternating thoughts, a song called "Perfect Oceans". It represented something clean and new. It was easy. The whole process was simply easy. I learned to be aware of things happening in their own way and when to step aside. Now, songs just happen, out of thin air.
Since writing our first two songs, our friend Katie Snyder has joined us on violin and added that lonesome sound I have always loved. Together, we are destined to just let it all happen and not get in the way of the sound. What ever is, will be, and our music is very loosely structured to allow this.
So, we're playing our first full show together tomorrow night at the Laughing Goat in Boulder at 730. Kate and I will each play solo (and with friends) for a bit, sharing songs that inspire us, and then Katie will join us and we'll all play together.
Unstructured and uncanned. Please come by and give a listen! Cheers - Andy