My good friend, and label-mate, Jerry Dale Harris recently announced that he will be offering his new album (which comes out on October 28th) for whatever you want to pay for it, including not paying anything. Jerry is fantastic, and I have no doubt that the number of people who pay for it will far outweigh the people who don’t. But it brings up an issue that’s discussed a lot in the music industry lately. What exactly is the value of a song?
The last few weeks have been crazy-busy. We’ve been in and out of town several times and had lots of commitments on our calendar. It was all fun and we really had a great time. But after so much on-the-go, we’ve started to feel completely worn out.
I knew July was going to be busy. But I had no idea how much it was going to wear us down. I thought doing all of these fun things and adventures were going to invigorate our zest for life. All it’s done for us recently is invigorate the ability to sleep through alarms.
This year’s Abbey Road on the River Festival, like every year’s, seemed to take forever to get here and then, before you knew it, it was over. It came and went faster than a two-minute pop song. But like every year, the memories, the love and the music will stay with us all year long.
Everybody’s heard the stories and seen the movies about what it’s like as a band on tour. There’s the crazy parties, trashing the hotel rooms, jumping in the pool with your clothes on and consuming everything from the minibar. There’s days on the bus, the sporadic fights over who ate whose peanut butter, and spontaneous sing-alongs. And the shows, of course. The sold out, standing room only, everyone singing every word, and smashing instruments after the last song.
At some point in your life, you’ve probably either given or received a mixtape. Most likely you’ve given and received a mixtape. You probably know what it’s like to spend hours selecting songs, the perfect mix of new favorites, timeless classics, recently discovered, and familiar, know-every-word songs that go together just right and tell that certain someone exactly how they make you feel.
I’ll never forget my first cassette player. It was a giant red thing, with a belt clip and cheap headphones. I took it with me almost everywhere. That and a stack of tapes.
My Grandmother used to make me mixed tapes from my Dad’s old records. I’m sure she put lots of songs on there, but the ones that I remember most that were always on her mixed tapes were “Sweet Caroline,” “Smoke on the Water,” and “Strawberry Fields Forever.” My Dad was a huge Beatles fan, so there was always lots of their songs on them.
I, like probably a lot of musicians, use my phone to capture song ideas. Sometimes it’s just a lyric, or it could be a melody, often times it’s a lose verse and chorus that’s less than a minute. There have been times when I’ve recorded rehearsals so that I can critique the song, or performance. Whatever it is, I needed something to capture it in that moment so that I can refer back to it later. Somehow that led me to the new Apple Music Memo.
I am so excited to finally release the official music video for my song “Sobering” from the album of the same name. A lot of time and effort and love was put into making this video. I wanted to capture the emotions in the images along with telling the story. I wanted you to be able to see the emotion in the song.
The March episode of Live From Your Living Room features Dave Seely. Dave has been writing songs for many years and has an extensive back catalog. He and I share some songs and talk songwriting. He’s working on a new album that he hopes to have out this summer or fall!
Adam Moseley is my guest for the first Live From Your Living Room of 2016! Adam is a folk / rock songwriter based here in Louisville, KY. What makes Adam write songs? What’s his favorite subject to write about? What’s his favorite song to play? I have no idea. But we’re going to find out tonight at 8pm!