Songwriting is a journey. No matter where you start, you rarely end up where you expected to be. Just sit back and enjoy the ride!
I played professionally from the mid 60s though the mid 80s. Moved out of music and into video and television production. About 5 years ago we went to a local Bill Staines concert. They were having an open mic the following Saturday and I decided to go, and got dragged back in! But it was a turning point. I’ve met some wonderful, talented people, and I’m writing and playing better than ever. But most of all, I’m having fun!
You Can't Get There From Here
This song started as a challenge to myself. I had just written "The Poet" and a couple of other songs. I was on a roll, but out of subject matter. I decided to just pick a catchy phrase and try writing a song around it. My wife, Jacky, is from Maine, and of course, "You can't get there from here" is a Maine classic. The opportunities for humor seemed endless, so I decided to go with it.
When I write songs, I usually start with a piece of lyric and build a melody around it, then just sit back and see where it takes me. This one was really a surprise. I gotta say that I wasn't expecting this at all....
This song grew out of a conversation with my friend Natalie Hebden. Natalie was the person who organized the open mic that ended up getting me back into the music again 5 years ago. We were talking about how we got into music, and what makes us do it. TB
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1: What artist would you most love to work with?
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
My Martin D-45
3: What was the worst advice?
Don't quit your day job.
4: What was your first concert?
I was 15, and it was a Folk Music assembly at my high school. I think my knees are still shaking!
5: What/where is the best road food?
Hate to admit it, but I'm a Junk Food Junky. A Burger King works fine for me.
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
No answer provided.
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?
My wife, Jacky, who encouraged me to get back into the music 5 years ago.