When I'm not writing deathless prose, I'm writing and recording songs, an enterprise that for five weeks in the summer of 2014 took me to The Netherlands to perform in clubs, living rooms, and on the radio.
While there, I met and engaged in conversations with a number of musicians almost young enough to be my grandchildren. What struck me as both unusual and refreshing was no one asked what type of guitar strings I use, who my influences are, or my opinion of other performers. Instead, they were interested in knowing how I kept writing, recording and performing after so many years despite a lack of critical or commercial success. To be honest, I'd never given it much thought, because the answer was simple: it's what I do. But realizing a bit more depth might be required, I opened up, figuring if things went well I'd at least leave them with something to think about later.
In a rather large nutshell, what follows was the gist of my “message”: