Hey, check out this working track list for my new album! As many of you know, I'm busy working on my second album "Missing Anchor" (release date TBA!) -- Last week I played with a stellar Chicago-based drummer, Andrew Sole, to give seven of these songs a heartbeat I could never give them on my own. This week and next week I'm doing some more tracking to put the finishing touches on these songs, and then we'll start the process of getting them mastered and prepare them to go out into the world. I'm doing all the work at Handwritten Recording in Chicago under the supervision of studio owner and sound engineer Jedi, Rick Riggs.
I've written some very personal songs in this new collection, but I've also written some songs about things I think are really important and timely..."Bullets" is a song about Trayvon Martin and his passing. "Abraham" is about Abraham Lincoln, who I think is one of the most important leaders we've had in U.S. history -- despite his passing many generations ago, he still has much to teach us. "I Will Not Leave" is inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement. I wrote this song in October of 2011 but figured it needed some extra TLC to make it the kind of powerful statement it should be. "Stack the Gold" is not about the Olympics. Rather, it is about off-shore money sheltering, or as I referred to it at a house concert recently, a song dedicated to Mitt Romney (and to be completely fair we have no idea where his money is, so it might be completely on-shore -- but there are plenty of people in the off-shore business I can dedicate it to in future shows). The balance of the songs is more personal in nature, but I think hope they will resonate with broader life experiences we all have.
My first album, "Follow the River Bend" was more of an acoustic affair, but this one is a little louder and a little more plugged in with multiple instruments and musicians pitching in to make it the kind of album I will be extraordinarily proud of producing.
But I can't do this by myself...I will need your help and support to share my efforts with the world. How can you help? You can join my mailing list now and you will be assured to get the latest updates, free demos, and even album art in the coming weeks! And you can also help by sending my web site around to everyone you know who might be interested in the kind of album I'm producing.
So, for "Missing Anchor" here's the working track list!
I Will Not Leave
Stack the Gold
All it Takes