I’ve spent some time lately reworking some old, unfinished songs and writing some new ones. It’s starting to look like a full CD’s worth of fresh material. This, of course, has me excited about getting back into the recording studio…one of my favorite places to be! One of the songs, ‘Pay the Fiddler’ contains the relevance of our times in the lyrics. There are references to the current economic crisis and other socially charged subjects, like greed, entitlement, and irresponsibility, as they pertain to the environment and, well…life. My hope is that in the same way the world around us has had a bearing on these songs, these songs can also have a bearing on the world around them. In a positive way. I guess that’s what any self-respecting songwriter would hope for.
Bass player Ken Campbell and I are on the road starting a Southeast tour. Thankfully, we have our spiritual advisor, Cletus the dog, along with us for guidance when things get confusing or when important decisions need to be made. For example, today we learned that the oil refineries that hurricane Ike had closed along the gulf coast have yet to resume normal production levels and are, therefore, continuing to cause gasoline shortages across the Southeast. Officials in the Asheville, NC area, where we are headed, say they don’t expect fuel to begin flowing normally again for at least another week. When we turned to Cletus for guidance, he advised that it is always better to nap on the bigger, taller, more comfortable bed whenever possible.