Most of the messages are generic yearbook stuff: it was fun having class with you;have a great summer;see you in high school!!! Some of them were a little passive-aggressive: you are kind of annoying but funny (fair); you are loud (also fair); have fun with your brothers (what?).
my friend erik ostrom wrote a perfect little gem of a song. i stole it away and tried to make it even perfecter by adding some harmonies and a glockenspiel. here’s the end result. it makes me super, super happy.
this was one of those songs that, even after i got a take i liked, i kept singing anyway. it is the snuggliest blanket. go wrap up in it.
I recorded this one late on New Year’s day, upon returning to chicago after almost two weeks visiting family in New Jersey. It was a very snowy day full of flight delays in Philadelphia, an hour waiting on the Tarmac for a gate to go to, a long wait in the freezing cold for a taxi, and a treacherous ride home. travel took hours longer than expected and I was incredibly exhausted, but more than that, I was just happy to be back in my little apartment by myself, free to play my guitar and sing into my microphone and sit on my couch in my pajamas with my cats. I’d always wanted to learn this one. seemed like a good day.
HEY WORLD, do you completely hate yourself? are you lonely as all get-out? do you spend basically all of your energy trying to be as delightful and charismatic as humanly possible to the general public because maybe [just maybe!] if you keep actively making other people happy, you’ll quiet down your needlessly vicious inner monologue for a little while?
HEY ME TOO! LET’S NOT TRY AND GET TO THE ROOT OF OUR VERY REAL AND TROUBLING ISSUES, LET’S WRITE AN UNCOMFORTABLY CANDID SONG ABOUT IT AND POST IT ON THE INTERNET INSTEAD!!!
so, i wrote this song over the summer. it’s specifically about being a photographer, but also, you know, being an observer in general—being the one quietly watching as everyone else does all the brave things. it’s an interesting and emotionally conflicting thing to be that person—i feel so lucky that i get to capture all of these tiny important moments in other people’s lives—and that i’m good at it—but sometimes it hits me that while i have books worth of other people’s memories, i’ve got too few of my own.
this recording was a long-distance collaboration with my crazy talented and generous friends lee wiggins [drums/mix] and bill shaouy [glockenspiel] in atlanta, as well as my friend john fremer III [bass] in boston. i’m on guitar, vox, and melodica. i know nobody clicks on videos, but if you happen to, maybe go fullscreen/hd for this one. the video’s a nice collection of pretty photos i’ve taken. i hope you like it.