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Behind the song: “Tiny Song”

Songs begin with the tiniest things—a cool chord change, a snippet of melody, a striking image, a curious phrase overheard in a café, the churning rhythm of the dishwasher. Just one detail that somehow glows in the dark with energy and intrigue and possibility. In the case of "Tiny Song," that small detail was simply the phrase...

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Behind the song: “Sycamore Tree”

My song "Sycamore Tree," from the album Stop, Drop, and Roll, began with a beat played on the dining room table and grew into a complex story song—and ultimately one of my most requested songs at concerts. I'm often asked about the back story of "Sycamore Tree" so am happy that it was just featured on the podcast Tell Me About Your Song,...

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Behind the song: Almost There

Oddly enough, the title track of the Almost There album was originally sparked by a song it sounds nothing like: "You Really Got Me," by the Kinks. I love figuring out fresh, unusual arrangements of classic songs, and I'd done that with "You Really Got Me"—instead of the speedy, sliding power chords that Dave Davies played with...

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Behind the song: Eight Days in January

Like my song "Fly," "Eight Days in January" (which kicks off the album Almost There) is based on a fiddle tune—as you might have guessed, "The Eighth of January." Fiddle tunes have always struck me as some of the world's happiest sounds, made for dancing and celebration. In "Fly" I followed the festive feel of the underlying...

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Complete lyrics now posted

I've just finished posting all the lyrics to three albums—Almost There; Stop, Drop, and Roll; and Humming My Way Back Home—on a brand new lyrics section of this site. Also, the lyrics to Almost There are posted on Bandcamp—and if you download the album there you'll be able to access the lyrics on your phone too....

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