but it just seemed like it fit this theme that we were going after. Pretty early what happened was I sat down and started writing a bunch of music and we had a lot of songs to choose from. We saw a reoccurring them which was temptation. It kept coming up and I just kind of continued to follow that and I just wanted to be honest and thought if this is what’s on your mind go with it and hope for the best. So there were a lot of writing sessions, a lot of failed songs, a lot of successful songs, and finally it just made sense. It all seemed to flow together really nicely and it all seemed to tell a vivid story. The other reason we chose these songs is that when you listen to the album, not everything is the same. There’s no song on the album that will sound like another one. There are certain chords and feelings that you feel but none of them sound the same. That’s why the songs work and it’s not always easy to conquer. There are some songs that write themselves and then there are songs that take forever. You go over the feelings of every song and then the feeling of the whole album together. You just keep going over it and you say, “Ok, this song works. This doesn’t. These lyrics work. These don’t.” When we went to do the album, I sat down with Jason to do the preproduction and he and I had a talk about how I approach these songs and what the vision was. He’d ask me again for every song, “What’s the vision? What do you hear? What instrumentation? What do you see?” and then he would figure out some arrangements. We wrote some arrangements together and he wrote some on his own. It just sort of started taking on a life of its own. At that point you realize that now it’s completely out of my control. Now the songs are out there and have to realize themselves. This is something I’ve always wanted to do and this is why this was very dear to me. I’ve always wanted to be able to go into the studio with no time or financial restrictions and say these songs really need to come to life on their own beyond me and beyond anyone else. It starts, somehow, with me but it’s not really me. It’s not really just mine. It has to evolve on its own. When you make that choice and you accept that and you start working with another person who is extremely talented you see these things really soar and really become vivid. It was a dream come true and to be able to let go and just do it was incredible. You ended up with this kind of theme of temptation throughout the whole album so I have to ask a question what is your biggest temptation? Wow…man. (laughs) Biggest temptation…I guess I can’t really help myself with
this. I want to be the best that I can be with everything. I want to know that anything I attempt to do I can master. I want to know that I have complete control over all of my life, which I know I don’t. I know that it’s a silly thing to think about, but even though I’m not classically trained, I want to be the best musician I can be and I want to have complete freedom and hopefully not hurt anyone in the process of trying to achieve that freedom. Basically, I want to just design my world the way I see fit, the way I think would make me happy, everyone around me happy, and you know what I think would be for the greatest good. It’s a really tough question. (laughs) I’m gonna just stick with that right now.
to be a part of TED. I thought it was a long shot for it to happen. I was just looking around for events and I saw they were having it so I emailed and asked if they would consider having the opportunity of having music and they said yes! They told me about the theme of their TED and I said I thought the song would work really well. I had played the song so many times but I remember that day I just couldn’t sleep because I was so excited. I actually hadn’t met the dancers and I hadn’t seen their dance but it was really incredible to know that there was a different world happening behind me while I was performing. I was just excited to see the results, myself, on the video because I knew they were shooting it and you get to see other peoples creativity I want to go into a couple of the songs and their interpretation of something that I on the album. As I listen to the title track, helped channel and it was very cool. It was “Luci,” it seems that it’s an outward por- a very cool experience. trayal of a very inner struggle. Yes, I’m going to say that’s very accurate. And you know, as one listens to Luci it really is art in music. There is so much Where did that song come from? What musicality to the songs on the album the influenced that song? What brought that lyricism of the album is incredible. As song about? you said earlier, each song is different Musically, I have no idea, but I’ve al- but they each portray a feeling. Have you ways liked songs where it seems like ever thought of bringing in more multithere’s a conversation happening. I read a dimensionality to that in any way with art lot of poetry when I was younger that played or dance or a short film or any of those out that way. It was a thing I’ve always been kinds of things? intrigued by. I liked the writing style so I felt Absolutely! Forever I’ve had this video what better way than to tell a story about concept for “Motions of the Dancers” as this struggle that’s impersonated and the animation but I haven’t been able to make best example I could think of at the time it come to life yet. One of the visions we was the devil. The devil embodies tempta- had for this album was every song was tion. I’m not religious by any means but it supposed to have a video, an animation just seemed like I could take this very cliché specifically, because we want to push the example and make it my own and make boundaries of art too. With animation you it somewhat different. Then it was just a can kind of invent up a world. You have a lot question of me being honest with myself of flexibility. I can draw up a character and and asking myself what my temptations it doesn’t necessarily have to abide by the are. What is it that I feel right now? When laws of gravity, whereas if I had to do that I wrote that song I wasn’t feeling happy or in real life I’m not going to have the budget optimistic about some things in my life and I to pull that off. kind of just wrote out what I felt in that song. We also wanted to do a post card lookMusically, it kind of just happened. Lyrically, ing like piece of art for every song on the conversations are always good. They help album. For example, for “A Mad World” we you and it helps to bounce ideas off people had this idea of these two people sitting on so I was just bouncing ideas off paper. the moon as if they were sunbathing on a beach, like one of those old-timey post cards In taking one of the lyrics from the song, where it’s like “Hey, travel to the moon!” You does desire always win? see planet earth from a distance you see That hasn’t failed me yet so that seems nuclear bombs going off and all that kind of to be the case. crap flying around. For “Lazy River” it would be something similar. It would be a post “Motion of the Dancers” is another in- card and it would be night time and you’d credible song, and I saw that you actual- see like this really pretty windy river going ly got to perform that on TED with Kelly down and there’s palm trees, bushes and Donovan and dancers. How awesome all kinds of cool wild life happening on the is that? How did that feel getting to per- side of it. You can see the moon and stars. I form that and to see the dance actually like to think that I could expand it and evencoming to life? tually have the images of those post cards Oh yeah it was really cool. I was thrilled move a little bit where you would actually ISSUE ISSUE SEVEN NINE
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