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Jack O Bocchino photo and poem

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Jack O Bocchino photo and poem

Inside the song: “Write Again”

Sometimes it's hard to pinpoint the inspiration for a song—it seems to materialize out of the ether. But in the case of my song "Write Again," released on the album Live and Listening, I can point precisely to the image above: a photo and poem by my friend Jack O. Bocchino. Here's the album track....

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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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Sycamore tree bark

Behind the song: “Sycamore Tree”

My song "Sycamore Tree," originally released on 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 featured on the podcast Tell Me About Your...

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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...

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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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