I have a bit of a curse as a songwriter, which I'm going to go ahead and assume that most of us do, which is that I feel the need for every song I write to be my best song. I need every one of them to represent me and my craft at the very highest level. It's good to hold myself to high standards, but also this leaves a lot of precious little tunes to the dark and the quiet. Not every song can be epic; not every song can say it all. But every song can say something.
I'm already dreaming and scheming about my next NEXT record, after A Long and Precious Road, and the Joss Whedon collaboration EP. And THAT record will focus on this very kind of song, the small but precious melodies and stories that really speak a bigger part of myself than I'm used to giving them credit for.
I guess there are songs I work hard to write and there are songs that work hard to write themselves (often with me stubbornly standing in the way). I have dozens upon dozens of the latter to show for this last year, and I don't always know what they mean right away. Maybe I never will, and maybe I don't have to. I can still love them, and I can still let you hear.
This is a Standing O exclusive.