Monthly Archives: January 2014

Tuesday Song: “The Frontier”


For this song, I had an image in my head of a soldier going out on a night mission that he does’t expect to come back from.  It was somewhere in a jungle – maybe an American soldier in Vietnam? Continue reading

Monday Song: “Out of Range”


For some reason, this one came out much more “folky” sounding than usual.  It’s about how I always want something that’s not quite here in front of me.  Not like it’s bad to want something, but it gets exhausting when I’m always reaching and never happy where I am.  “Once I sell my house, I’ll be happy.”  “Once I make an album, I’ll be happy.”  And in the meantime, I’m unhappy (although trying to distract myself). Continue reading

Sunday Song: “What You Up To?”


I really didn’t know what I was going to write about today.  I thought about writing a “typical” love song, and then it started to turn into a song narrated by a perennial moocher, trying to scam money/attention from someone romantically.  I also really liked the idea of a song called “What You Up To?” It tickled me. Continue reading

Saturday Song: “Finally”


I’m in the process of selling my house in Atlanta.  Yesterday, I got an offer on the house, but it was very low (like, less than I still owe on the house low).  My realtor suggested I nonetheless counter their offer.  “How much should I counter with?” I asked.  She then asked me what’s the lowest I would be willing to walk away from the house with.

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Friday Song: “My Own Devices”


For this song, I was thinking about the phrase, “Love is a verb.”  I’ve often wondered about it. Obviously, the word “love” is technically both a noun and a verb, but this phrase implies that it is something you do for someone (as opposed to something you feel for them). To me, it’s always come off a bit like, “What have you done for me lately?” or “You’re not doing enough to make me feel loved.” Continue reading

A Song a Day: “Unbearable”

I’ve been trying to write a song a day, and I’ve decided to start sharing them as I write them. I make no promises about the quality of the songs (only the quantity). Here’s one I wrote today – it was inspired when a friend posted a quote from an Anne Carson poem, “I want to be unbearable.”

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