Originally Posted : July 28, 2010
I went into my garden today, urged by a friend to be attentive of my garlic.
Garlic, the one thing in the garden you can pretty much ignore from the time you plant it in the fall until the stalks start dying at the end of summer.
Well, early this year, some of my garlic is ready.
So I pulled some out, brushed off the dirt and let it lay around and dry out.
I’m doing this with songs these days as well. Some new songs are bubbling to the surface in quick procession, and with recording further down the road, I need to let these songs rest, mature, get ready for their grand display, if they seem useful enough to throw in the mix.
So many songs. And I’m feeling good about a lot of them. It always comes down to this when a record is being conceived – the cull. Only so many songs will fit on a record, let’s say an average of 12. As I sat down at my kitchen table the other night, with guitar in hand I pulled out at least 20 worthy of being heard. Songs that excite me, or make me feel something. I still regret the culling of the songs that were taken off the last record.
When will I ever be able to release these misfits? Hopefully someday I can lay them all down, even bare bones, just to put them out there. Let my children see the light of day.
So yes. This note is to say, there is food growing in the garden, songs getting ready for recording, ideas running about my head, and summer flying away as I write this.
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Thanks for your support and patience as I ramble!