The guys over at Divide and Conquer reached out to me a few weeks back about reviewing Unlearned Lessons. They have a pretty solid amount of quality reviews coming out everyday and so I was pretty stoked to be one of them. Plus my music had never been rated numerically before…so yeah, I guess that’s a decent bucket list item to be able to check off?
Well, it’s finally here – I didn’t break any records, but hey, with this grade, I would have passed math class. And insight into my songs is always interesting.
After all the effort that goes into making music, it’s just cool to know people are taking the time to listen. That’s really what matters to me.
If you’re interested, you can check out the review here.
And if you have your own “review” of the EP, or just want to talk music and guitars, hit me up anytime.
My friend Allie (a.k.a. Posemanikin) is a talented designer who created the album cover for Unlearned Lessons. When I saw the image that is now the cover, I knew immediately that was it. I still look at it and think how damn cool it is, and no, it’s not just because it’s mine. She just made something that I found really aesthetically cool and meaningful, and I can’t thank her enough.
In addition to her design talent, she has a blog where she recently posted a Q & A she had for me. It was a lot of fun to answer and got me thinking about things I hadn’t really thought about before.
You can check it out here
Thanks again Allie!
I recently did an interview on Rock Talk USA with Aimee. We talked about my first EP, musical inspiration, and a bunch of other stuff, music and non-music related. She’s a really great host, with a really great show. She was cool enough to play three of my songs after the interview.
You can check it out here.
A big thanks to her for having me on.
Don’t miss her show every Tuesday night on Armed Radio, or stream it on her website shortly after at rocktalkusa.com.
Unlearned Lessons is the title of my first release, a five-song EP I recorded in the Spring of 2018. Some of the songs were written in whole or in part a while back – like a decade. Nonetheless, they seem to have timeless relevance to me. That’s where the significance of the title comes from.
Unlearned Lessons was pulled from one of the tracks on the EP called “Into the Waves.” The full line in that song is:
“We all still feel it, subtle heat. Unlearned lessons, always repeat.”
The song as a whole is about growing up and feeling the pressure of so many different aspects of life, and getting fed up to where you just want to get away from it all. In the chorus, I use surfing as a metaphor for escape, singing “I just want to jump into the waves.” Surfing’s my metaphor, but the line itself represents anything that helps you get away from the seemingly endless challenges we all have to deal with.
It seems that until we figure out how to remove ourselves from whatever cycle we’re playing out, and find a way to move past the continuous and familiar problems we face time and time again, there is only temporary escape in whatever you do to get through it. Until you understand why you’re going through the same patterns and what’s at the root of it, your “unlearned lessons” will always repeat.
The line and the idea really hit home for me. So much so that I wanted to use it as the name of my first EP. I hope it’s just as significant in your own experience as in mine, and that the music resonates with you in a meaningful way.
But really, I’ll just be happy if you think it rocks.
One of the challenges I had while bringing my songs to life was identifying where they fit in on the musical spectrum. I know I play rock music. Yeah, it gets a little softer here and heavier there, and sometimes a little more abstract…maybe less alt rock, more classic rock at times. But “rock” is a broad genre and I think I fit comfortably within it.
People continue to ask specifically what artists my music sounds like. Fair enough, it’s not available for you to hear yet, but I’m usually at a loss with that question.
I had come up with some answers, but nothing that felt accurate. I also didn’t like to try to fit what I did into some other artist’s slot. That’s missing the whole point of writing original music.
I have influences. Tons of them. But I never want to imitate, replicate or steer too close towards someone else’s creations. Otherwise I might as well just play their songs.
Writing original music should come from a place that’s all your own. Sure, it’s going to reflect things that you enjoy, but you should direct and filter it as little as possible, because your value as a creator is in your unadulterated originality.
Unless you’re gunning to be signed as a pop artist, as an independent musician, you have the freedom to not sound like anyone else, and do it with a smile on. And that’s exactly what you should do. And I hope that’s what I’ve done.
Soon enough, I’ll find out.