We filmed this at Kerry Park, kind of a famous Seattle overlook. So even late that night there was still a good bit of foot traffic. This can be good or bad. Good because you have an audience or bad… because you have an audience. On this particular night, we got to the point where we were about ready to shoot a “keeper” when a booming black bus rolled up and unloaded 25 chemically challenged individuals. They seemed to enjoy the music but tended to be loud and use quite foul language. Almost every take ended up full of drunken slurs and carousing hoots. So we decided to wait them out. After about an hour someone herded them back on to their celestial craft and we grabbed this take before a raucous bachelorette party made their way to the overlook.
To write “authentic” sounding songs, I think one must be intentionally unintentional, because in order to sound “authentic” you might have to allow yourself to be “authentic”. This isn’t a difficult thing to do… technically. Being “real” may actually be the easiest thing in the world because most of us are, in fact, real people. I think the difficult part is being honest with yourself about how you really feel, and mustering the courage to do it out loud.
My buddy Jason Windsor just tweeted this and I loved it so much I decided to make it a blog:
“You’re addicted to inspiration. You consume it but do nothing. You’ve been inspired enough for a lifetime; it’s time to go make something.”
The world starts making sense when you stop dreaming and start swinging the hammer. Whether it’s with your drinking buddies at the Thirsty Beaver or at family church on Sunday morning, nothing you talk about means anything if you aren’t willing actually do something. Stop high fiving and go do something. It’s scary but it’s what you were born for.
As you’ve noticed, I haven’t spent a lot of time here at the Promenade blog. This is for several reasons.
1. Twitter: Too often I realize that out of 100 words there may be only one good sentence. So in those cases I just twitter.
2. Life is busy. We’ve been on the road for 8 weeks out of the last 3 months. Not great internet connections and not a lot of brain cells left after the long drives and feats of human accomplishment that are our shows.
3. I get a little tired of people arguing about details: theology, music, politics etc… when too often they miss the primary point of a blog. I know it’s the nature of the internet, but it does deter many good blog idea. Boo. Haters.
4. Mostly I’ve been in a “show” don’t “tell” type of space lately. This is a good thing. I want to live life more than I blog about it. I want to write songs. Play shows. Love people. Take risks. And not just talk about it. Those of you who know me know I’m never short on words, but I want to be a person of action not just a person who talks (or types). I want a bark and a bite. But mostly I want a bite!
Grrrrrrr. Love you all. I’ll try to get back to this blog in a minute now that I’m off tour.