I’m currently rereading Mark Twain. It’s fantastic stuff. And it’s reminded me of the coolest band name I can imagine: “Huckleberry”. Doesn’t it sound great? It’s a fun word to say, it has resonance and I think it implies Americana music, plaid shirts, maybe an upright bass, a mischievous sense of humor, a ramshackle sound & performance. Who...
Pimp my rhyme, part 1 →
A songwriting article I wrote for the Ravenous Raven website. This is part 1 of an article about making a not-so-great rhyme work better.
The authenticity issue
Rosanne Cash, songwriter extraordinaire, deep thinker and part-time Twitter humorist, recently said something very interesting about authenticity: “Have been thinking about subversion & art all day. My current thinking: the most powerful subversion is radical authenticity.” “Radical authenticity”, that sounds intriguing. I told her (I mean I tweeted her, it’s not like we’re pals) that the...
Album cover - help me decide
Hey guys, here are two alternatives for the album cover. Help me decide. What’s your preference? This one, let’s call it version 1: or this one, version 2: Your comments are appreciated. This great picture was taken by Thorsten Wingenfelder, by the way. Thank you, Markus
Live in the Netherlands - from Dollard Radio
Hey guys, as you know I played a short tour of Germany and the Netherlands recently with wonderful Swedish singer & songwriter Eva Hillered. Our gig at De Oude Remise in Bad Nieuweschans/NL was recorded and broadcast on Dollard Radio. Here are some of the songs we did and parts of the interview conducted by Peter van Zeijl. (I had to split the 7-or-so minute interview into two parts because...
The tour with Eva Hillered
Hi guys, you know the drill, you’ve seen a few of these road blogs before. That’s why this time I won’t do a blow-by-blow. Eva Hillered from Sweden & me have experienced the usual in the last ten days: Lotsa driving, lotsa not-so-great food, mostly good gigs, late to bed, up early for more driving. The driving wasn’t so bad this time for the most part because the first three gigs were...