FLESH AND SPIRIT - Self-Interview



Q: Describe your music. 

A: Do you mean, What style is it? You can put your own label on that.

Q: No, I mean where does it come from? What drives you to write? What is at the core of your songs?

A: Where do they come from? They come from anywhere and everywhere, whatever my antenna picks up.

Q: That sounds kind of cosmic.

A: All right. I go to the places of light and dark within me and let them wrestle their way into songs. 

Q: Hmmm. 

A1: OK, like everyone else, I have questions. You know, Who am I? Why am I here? Is this it? What must I do? What is worth doing? Am I here to create something or to discover some mission that will be revealed if I pay attention? Do I even know what questions to ask? Maybe the answer is in careful observation of the endless clues all around us. Maybe the answer is in venturing out and interacting with others. Maybe the key is in emptying the mind or entering solitary contemplation of the inseparability of spacetime and yinyang. The brief website description of my music says that my songs are born in a place where flesh and spirit meet. That’s really it. The songs come from the tension between flesh and spirit. I could say, ultimately, that these songs are a search for Spirit, not in a dogmatic or absolutist sense, but in my desire to connect deeply with the Unnamable, as in the as-yet unrecorded song “The Hunger.” 

A2: Songwriting or song sharing is an opportunity for honesty. I value honesty and sincerity, but I know that I spend too much time walking through my days in my costume and mask; still, I often feel most real and genuine when I am writing or singing a song. I was very moved by John Lennon‘s first solo album. I’d never heard anything so raw and honest. There were the confessional writers who bared their hearts—in a way, anyway—but John really put it out there. I admired his willingness to risk the image he had built in The Beatles in order to find out who he was. Songs like “Mother,” “Working Class Hero,” “God,” “I Found Out,” “Love”—all of the songs on that record blew me away. Still do.


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