Never in my wildest dreams as a young recording artist in the ’70s, could I have ever imagined myself at age 63 still writing, recording and still making records. That’s where the path has taken me and I am so glad that I followed it. There is so much joy in creating music with just a guitar and an idea and after the re-writes and ultimate recording of the song, much like a birth of a child, finally gets it’s wings about nine months later and is shared with anyone who wants to let it in! Thank you all for following me on this wonderful musical journey and I will continue down this musical path as long as I still feel that euphoric fire burning in my heart. Thank you all for supporting me for a lifetime!
One of the great things about living to age 63 is experiencing the extreme joy of having grandchildren. For some reason, my grandchildren are way more fun than my two boys were! Being around them immediately took me back to my own memories those years and inspired this song. The things we believed in when we were young can remain in our hearts for a lifetime and help to guide us and stay with us till we die. It’s so much fun to pass it on to the little ones!!!
Ever since I was a young boy, the music in my head has never stopped. I am constantly “hearing” melodies, lyrics or just plain old great song concept ideas. Songwriters don’t really know where the ideas come from, we just feel blessed to receive them and it’s our great privilege to complete the songs with the craft we have refined through the decades and share the music with the rest of the world. Often times the songs are meant for someone we might not ever meet and may have a positive impact their life so it’s vital that we deliver the goods!
As my songwriting buddy Michael McLean puts it, “we don’t really own these songs, we just get to hear them first. Makes sense to me! Well I have 11 more songs that I feel really great about written by me and or with Michael McLean and Bill Batstone.
The songs are well into the recording process and with your help and support, the record should be done in another month or so. I have been recording now for over six months and wrote all of the songs in the last 12 months. I am very pleased with the way it is coming out. All my lead vocals and guitars are done and I have recruited some stellar talent to offer their incredible singing and playing skills. Bill Batstone, bass and vocals…..Chad Watson, bass…..Michael Dowdle, electric guitars and mandolin…Bill and Arlene Kole, vocals….Gary Falcone, vocals……Dane Pearlman….pedal steel and lap steel.
There will undoubtedly be a few more folks added and then it’s time to mix, master and release!! I hope to raise enough funds to give the record proper respect and hire a radio promotions expert and PR team.
Please be a part of the continuing musical journey I am so honored to have been on since I was a teenager. Thank you all in advance for supporting indie music. There are many great artists out there that many of you have never heard of, but just because they are not famous doesn’t mean they are not great!!
For many recovering addicts it’s in rehab they discover there are often musical triggers to their abuse, (the songs associated with using) and then they have to learn how to avoid those triggers that are essentially the soundtrack to their addiction.Last year, some addiction recovery sponsors found out that John Batdorf and I were working on a project with the working title of 12 songs for 12 steps and asked if we’d do a concert for several recovering addicts. Turns out it was about 700 addicts and their families who attended. The concert gave John and I a chance to see if our songs made a difference with the audience. We were overwhelmed with the feedback we got that evening. The show received a tremendous response, people waiting in line for nearly an hour to thank us, and after receiving several hand written notes from addicts at the show saying “please hurry and get these songs recorded” we realized that the need was great and the urgency even greater.
John and I are singer/songwriters with a passion to let the power of music help people trying to change. We’ve been wearing out our lives the last forty plus years as professional songwriters hoping to make a difference. Although we understand we’re not the only guys who have songs that could help, we want to get the ball rolling.
One of the reasons we are passionate about doing this project is because it’s hit very close to home. In each of our families we’ve seen the devastation that comes from addiction, in any of its forms. We’ve worked our entire professional careers in a business where all too often substance abuse, drugs and alcohol, and any other form of addiction has destroyed lives. We’re not trained therapists, we don’t have degrees in social work, but we know what we’ve seen and we want to do what we can. Writing songs aimed at penetrating hearts is something we can do. And getting these songs recorded and made available for those who need them most has been more important to us than simply searching for yet another way to climb up the music charts. Somewhere at this very moment there’s an addict trying to hold on a few more hours until his next AA meeting, or her next appointment with a sponsor, and it feels like an eternity. We might be able to offer a little help, even when we can’t physically be there for them. You might be thinking, “come on, it’s only a song”. But it’s more than that. If someone somewhere can hear a song tell them the truth the only way their heart will hear it, maybe then they’ll know, deep down, they’re not alone.
If you have ten minutes, please watch this video and share as much feedback as you can. It’s important to us that we are on track. Don’t be afraid to be critical, we are grateful for any and all opinions.
It’s just the truth. When we were younger we thought recovery was something “those people” needed to do… certainly not us. In fact, more often than not, a part of us took a certain amount of pride in the fact that whatever we were going through we weren’t as bad as “them”. Then we grew up, lived a few decades and discovered we’re all in the same boat. We’re all facing some sort of affliction or addiction that has shaken our world, or the world of someone we love, and the only way “our is “through”. This album is for those of us on the road to recovery.
In the spirit of full disclosure, we’re songwriters who’ve been around a while and grew up believing in the power of music to change lives. It isn’t arrogance that wrote these songs, our egos aren’t that big. We’re not pretending this collection of tunes will be all anyone needs to recover from whatever has broken in their lives and needs repair. We’ve learned that often the songs that “trigger” substance abuse (or any other addictive behavior) are easy to identify, though not always that easy to set aside. Unfortunately, upon re-entering. the world outside the clinic there isn’t a readily available “soundtrack to recovery” to help trigger the hope, the courage, the endurance or the faith to make it through the next few moments, hours, days or years. Everything we’ve written and recorded here has been done with the hope that this album might be part of your soundtrack to recovery.