Red Balloons

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] This is another song about long distances, which seems to be a common thread throughout this album. I recorded the basic guitar parts at home and had 2 verses written, with the last verse and chorus instrumental. A couple of months later, I was staying in a hotel … Continue reading Red Balloons

Telemachus

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] The band and I were rehearsing the song “Ulysses” at the recording session,and started messing around with the chord changes. We didn’t know it, but the recording engineers Bryce Gonzales and Kurt Kurasaki hit record and captured this little jam. I’m glad they did. I love Adam’s keyboard … Continue reading Telemachus

Weight of the World

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Odessa Chen writes beautiful, poetic, minor key songs that I like to describe as “wintery.” With this in mind, I wrote this tune. Somehow, it’s “Christmas-y” but without the cheer.

Ulysses

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] I have an early incarnation of this song with the lyrics “you listen, you listen” which eventually turned into “Ulysses.” I have no idea why, my only explanation is that it was some voice from beyond telling me that I needed to name it that. I wrote the … Continue reading Ulysses

At Ease

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] This is the oldest song and the first recording that pretty much started the album. I wrote it around 1998, right when Elliott Smith’s “XO” album came out. It’s heavily inspired by his song “Bled White.” Anyhow, my dad told me about a song writing contest and was … Continue reading At Ease

Z=Zero Game

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Recorded in my parent’s living room. Ode to love and the Beatles and cheesiness.

Highway Flowers

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] At the time that I wrote and recorded this, I was living in Pacifica and was driving highway 280 quite a bit and would often pass the highway 92 exit. All the imagery is stuff that I saw often on my commute- the constant airplane traffic, deer, memorial … Continue reading Highway Flowers

Thinkin’ out loud for a minute… bear with me as I gaze in to the future…

So… I’m hoping to put together a tour for 2008. Figure I gotta plan it 3-4 months in advance minimum. My old album will be re-released and the new album will be done by then so it makes sense to go take this act on the road. A few questions, do you go to live … Continue reading Thinkin’ out loud for a minute… bear with me as I gaze in to the future…