Tell us about your new EP. A Santa that plays guitar.
I don’t know anyone that doesn’t love Christmas music! Even some of my friends that observe different sacred holidays during the same time of year love Christmas songs and often come over to the house to sing carols.
I think almost every artist has to do a Christmas record at some point—from George Michael, to Gwen Stefani to Weezer all have some Christmas music.
I have wanted to do my own Christmas project for a while, but it just never seemed to be the right time.
However, in early July, my agent along with another music supervisor friend of mine both called to ask me if I had any Christmas music as they had some placement opportunities. I said I didn’t but could put something together. I did, including my first original Christmas song “Santa That Plays Guitar” and the response was so positive that I decided to put out an Christmas EP.
How do you get inspired to write new music?
That is a great question. I have lived in 40 years more than some people could live in 100. Much of it has been difficult due to my health issues caused from the brain tumor that took my sight. However, I wouldn’t trade it for anything as I have come through all the hard times and am still standing strong to celebrate the good times. So, I have so many stories to tell I am never short of material. And of course, I am learning and growing all the time, so I just share my life through the vehicle of music.
Do you love Christmas music in general and is writing Christmas more fun than the usual?
I do love Christmas music! There are so many great songs from the profound to the silly! I don’t know if I like writing Christmas music more than the other music I write, however, I think most writers will tell you that they are always most excited about the most recent thing they have written and of course Christmas music is only really commercial for about 6 weeks a year, so it is cool that it is a special occasion when you get to perform or creatively work on it.
If you could be remembered by only one song what would it be?
Oh wow, that is a hard one. I do like the wonderful amount of sarcasm I achieve in my songs“Bad Dreams” and “Hate You” , but I think I would have to say I would like to be remembered for the song I co-wrote with my dear friend Charlie Hoskyns, who sadly passed away in 2017 “Aint It Good To Be In Love”
Any big surprises for 2020?
Indeed, my Progressive Americana Trio with myself on guitar/vocal, Charles Arnold on Drums and Nestor Jaenz on Bass and backing vocals will be performing at the famous Whisky A Go Go on January 3rd. In addition I’ll be performing a song at one of the top parties during GRAMMY week at the Soiree on January 24 and I am going to be bringing my new recording studio online during 2020– and that is just for starters!
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