Blues in My Shoes  (Blues) This song I wrote years ago. I had been working on a lot of pop and rock songs and wanted to get back to my blues roots. This song is a celebration of those blues that got me into music. In this recording I’m playing live again, with both vocals and piano tracked at the same time. I tried recording this song with a full backing band, but the timing kept feeling off. At 206 bpm, things move pretty fast.
Black Coffee  (Jazz / Blues) This song was just a spontaneous creation while playing around on the piano. It was nice to play some jazz after all the pop and rock songs I’ve been working on. Its about the monotony of the pandemic, stuck in quiet routines, forgetting yourself, and avoiding the indoors. In this recording I’m playing live, with both vocals and piano tracked at the same time.
This song was written for my wife, who always is pushing herself on endurance runs. She is continuous source of inspiration for me, a true dream machine. This song is about pushing yourself to reach your goal. In this song I experimented more with virtual guitars, trying out a harder, more distorted genre than I typically work within. It was a lot of fun playing around with different guitar sounds.
Sweet Street  (Funk Rock) This song is just a fun summer jam. I had discovered a funky piano lick as I was trying to see what my thumb could do following recovery from a router accident. In this recording I’m playing with some funk chords and combining those with a dynamic bass line.
Winter’s Glow  (Pop Rock) This song is about trying to find that spark of hope in the shadows. This song came about while playing with my new DAW. After many years of recording with Pro Tools, I switched to Studio One. I really enjoy the streamlined workflow. In this recording I continued my experimentation with four-chord loops and bass voice-leading, while also trying to use almost all the VST plugins I had to ensure they were working properly on the new system.
Better Me  (Pop Rock) This song came about while experimenting with the music theory behind four-chord loops. It is about trying to live up to the idolized version of yourself seen in the eyes of your loved ones. In this recording I experimented with three different four-chord loop structures for the verse, chorus, and bridge parts. These are different than the often used standard of I – V – vi – IV.
Misinformation  (Soul Funk) This song is about the attack on the Capitol and the system of lies and misinformation that led people to commit such an atrocity. In this recording I used some common funk techniques for rhythm and chord layout. This song focused more on the lyrical expression.
Unity  (Soul Rock/Motown) This song is a touch of positivity about coming together with your neighbors and building a sense of unity and community. In this recording I blended a Motown sound into a bluesy jam-band rhythm.
Arise  (Folk Rock) This song is about lies and misinformation taking over the people you love, you hope that someday you’ll be able to change their mind and get them to see the truth again. In this recording I experimented with a virtual guitar, which provided a nice rhythm element to play piano with.