wow, it’s been such a crazy busy few days around here! sorry for our lack of posting!
I flew home and played at The Q gathering last thursday at the incredible Civic Opera House in Chicago, and it was such a great experience. absolutely breathtaking inside the civic – I’d say it is the most beautiful venue i’ve ever had the opportunity to play music in. and all of the folks at Q were just so, so kind and welcoming to me! I was so honored to participate this year! such a wonderful time through and through. (thank you so much to everyone there, for having me! means a lot to me)
the very gifted songwriter, david hodges and I did a “presentaton” of sorts together on the process of songwriting for Q, trading off playing our songs then talking about the process of crafting ‘em. david had some previous experience playing at Q and was kind enough to show me the ropes of how things run (I admitted to him early on that I was very nervous about the evening!) – I had such a great time hanging out with him. such a kind and sincere person (not to mention extremely gifted)
for those of you that may not already know, david is a very successful songwriter in many areas of music. he is a former member of the band, evanescence and has since written hundreds of songs for a slew of american idol winners/finalists (kelly clarkson, daughtry, kris allan, adam lambert, etc), as well as with kara diaguardi, dashboard confessional, etc. he’s also found tons of success via his solo music too!
our time on stage together was limited due to playing songs as well as talking and it flew by faster than I could have imagined, but it went great!
we had some really great conversations beforehand about our different approaches to writing songs. some incredible contrasts between us that were really fun to talk about: david writes about 60 songs in one year (incredible!) and I write at a more sloth-like speeds with maybe 4-5 songs a year. david can listen to a song he’s never heard before and basically see the chords being played in his head and has a pretty darn good sense of how to play it, right off the bat. I have almost zero ability to improv. I play and write music completely by ear and memory… i rarely even know what the names are of the chords I’m playing.
it was just such a great evening and i feel quite privileged to have gotten to know david a bit and to play some songs for the incredible folks at Q.! (not to mention it was just so so nice to be able to be home briefly and see my wonderful and beautiful wife and our our pup’s, “wilco” & “maile”!)
I flew back to meet the tour gang, to continue our tour in Denver, CO last night! it was great to see everyone, I missed my road-warrior pals. the show in Denver was great and we all had a lovely evening. and now we’re on our way to play at one of very our favorite places, everyday joe’s in fort collins, CO!