So excited to be releasing my new single "Til the Wind Blows" today! My friend Jason Farnham is back with his ambient guitar and piano interludes, followed by the violin/cello: Severn Duo and newcomers on bass Kosma Koshi and on Drums Glenn Welman. One of the best parts about writing these songs is collaborating with an exceptionally talented team. Of course, as far as team, the sound you here was produced by Mr. Mike Ferguson. I wanted to give a huge shout out to Magic Mike at Vault Studios in Missoula, MT. I have yet to find a studio engineer who captures vocals like he can. He literally has a "magic mic."" Mike and I are working on 12 songs this next year and this is our second release, we have another 10 to go. Lastly, when it comes to team it ends with you, constant listener. If you like what you hear, please share on your social media and get the word out, tell your friends, add it to your "Spotify Playlist" or "Apple Music" etc. All of this helps so much!
What Inspired "Til the Wind Blows?"
This song was written about 12 years ago, when I was in the midst of "Game of Thrones." We all remember those times right? Waiting for the next episode was brutal. Any way, I remember watching Jon Snow die and I couldn't believe it. I started thinking, is it all really worth all the fighting if you're just going to die? Why isn't he with his brothers and family? If we're all going to die, what's the point of living? This got me to start thinking about my own personal relationships with folks, friends and yeah, my brothers. I've had times in my life, when my brothers and I did not get along and I kept thinking, how pointless is it to just not talk to someone for a year or two and hold a grudge when you don't know if that person may die tomorrow? I mean, the amount of grief and frustration I would feel for not working out some silly argument at the time would be insane! So with this in mind, I decided to write a story about two brothers who are fighting in a war, which gives them purpose, but also puts them at odds with each other due to growing up differently and being of course two separate people. The tricky part with writing songs, is we deal with lyrics - so while the background for my characters might be fleshed out in my mind, I have to relay all of that into a lyrical ballad which is not easy to do. Lol. Like right now I'm dealing with a country song and the story is deep, but noone is going to listen to a 10 minute song. I mean hats off to Bob Dylan, but these days, our attention span is about 30 seconds. Lol. Too many distractions. So, in this song, I kept if very simple and I hope the conflict and story-line comes through with the instrumentation throughout. Lastly let's talk about the wind:
I've always loved Shakespeare and the idea of space, as a trained Shakespearean actor, iambic pantameter is the character's speech pattern. When I worked with Shakespeare & Company back in the days as a 21 year old, we were always told to breathe at the end of the line. It was that "space" that made a moment truly authentic because that's how human beings talk. That space is a moment for "thought" and that's the Wind in this song. That "space" to reflect and remember. "If you see my reflection, don't let it pass you by, hold me brother, hold me still." And of course the voice of the wind is the brother's ghost crying out, wishing he had made amends. I mean, it is Shakespeare, we got to have ghosts right?! In the end, I hope this songs gives you a moment to reflect on the little things, til the wind blows...