The past few weeks have brought some change in my life as my family and I are moving into a condo in Nashville upon preparing to release “Songs of Home, pt. 1”. We have, it seems, began to settle in a bit more, though we will be splitting time between here and Arkansas, which leaves us in a constant state of motion, even in the settled times. As I wrote last week, my recording gear has been traveling with me, so I am happy to announce that I have finally got it up and running and will have a new song for you in the coming week.
This move does bring new perspective into the main concept behind the upcoming record; the idea of “Home”. Home as a place, home being the people we surround ourselves with, home being a place we leave, or a place that we go to make a new home, and the reasons for which we seek that new home.
Music has always been a driving force in my life. I spent most of my young adulthood here in Nashville, writing songs, recording, and creating. I moved away back in 2009 after minimal success in the business, and so this move brings with it many emotions, some of excitement, some of unrest and fear. It is different now as I am responsible not just for myself and my career, but responsible to my wife and young son. This responsibility has guided the nature of my work over the past year and continues to guide me going forward. I am in Nashville partly because I enjoy the city; it’s people, it’s energy, it’s host of creative outlets and being surrounded by creative people. I am mainly in Nashville because it provides the best opportunity to start a career in the music business. This does not come without concern, as we had a well structured life that we had established in Arkansas. If I could do everything professionally that I needed to from Arkansas, I would most likely work from there. It is, by most accounts, my home. But again, music has been a driving force in my life, and has, for a second time now, driven me away from that home and the comfort that I feel there. Some of us are born to leave our homes, I suppose. This is certainly nothing new in the human condition. As Petruchio says in Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” when asked what winds carried him from his home:
“Such wind as scatters young men through the world,
To seek their fortunes farther than at home
Where small experience grows.”
I look forward to this new opportunity and experience in Nashville, and I look forward to bringing you new music in the future.