Definitely some specific stories. I remember while writing it that the Brock Turner stuff was very enflamed. Really all of it has some sort of personal tie, As Above So below is an ancient expression that is sort of difficult to explain, but really easy to understand. Just refers to the duality of everything, the expanse between how things are and how they ought to be. It's one big world, there's no difference between us and them. That sort of thing. I wrote the song in an RV after a night of contemplation and mental journeying haha. I don't know "what really inspired" me to write it, I think it has a life of its own and I just happened to be the vessel it presented itself through.
Wooooooo mystical. Hope this helps, feel free to follow up I'm making an album with that as the title track so I need to get my thoughts in order.
Have your bad experiences with the modern American church tainted your view of Christianity, or is it the truth that is taught there? Or is there a complex interplay between the two? Or I guess there is always another answer I didn't list haha
They absolutely have. I was very involved in church music and other behind the scenes stuff and it sort of turned me off to the whole enterprise. I don't think negatively of it anymore, I just don't really want to be a part of it. Truth doesn't exist only there, there are lots of other ways to pursue spirituality :) No hard feelings though, we are all looking for god in our own ways.
That it most certainly would. It's a pretty expensive endeavor (that I just did for She is Blue Sky....) so I don't know if it'll happen anytime soon but I sure would love that. Maybe that on one side and something else on the other. Would be very dope!
What is Jesus’ role (if any) in man’s search to know or find God? You have many themes of spirituality (specifically mentioning Jesus many times), so I’m interested in your thoughts on his impact. Thanks for Hospital Hymns, one of my favorites.
No idea how to answer that. haha what an enormous question. I was raised Christian, and have lately had more interest in other schools of thought. I love Rumi, and Ram Dass and spiritual teachers that are a little more inclusive than most Christian ideologies. I suspect if I were to read Jesus again through this lens I would have a much better time with it. So many of the words get twisted....especially in the modern American church.
But the whole time in the back of my mind are the words....no other way to God except through him. Quite the claim. The truth is an unfolding journey not a split decision, Hospital Hymns was a lot of layers peeled. Many more to go. Thanks for tracking with me.
There is a gold you don't have to dig for and a God you don't have to search for!
I was just looking at your website and I really appreciated your section about grief and your song, "Rosanna." I also lost someone I loved at the end of 2015 to suicide and I could relate to so many of the things you wrote about and went through; I was so angry and disappointed in God and I didn't feel like I had any reason to keep living after all the pain, depression, and emptiness that came into my life. Over time, I have started to see God's love again through some of the people in my life and I have slowly been learning to heal, find hope again, and to restore my faith/ relationship with God, even if it is different from before. Anyway, I guess this isn't really a question, but I just wanted to say that I was so touched by reading what you wrote there, and that I feel for you so much for your loss. I pray that you will keep finding hope and healing in your life. Thank you so much for sharing your story.
The grief makes the joy possible. I know that now.
Sorry for your loss, thanks for letting the song move you.
Thank you for your music. It has inspired me to keep on writing my own songs. The only thing that I will say disheartens me is the people that hurt you in whatever congregation you had attended prior to leaving church. I just wanted to know if there was anyway I could more directly and personally correspond with you about your spiritual life. As a former worship leader myself I can empathize with some of your hurt. Thank you for your beautiful music!
Very glad you've found inspiration through the tunes. Feel free to shoot me an email or message on social media, definitely open to more dialogue about it. I am at far more peace with churches and congregations and things than I used to be. All part of the process!
As a fairly new fan, I love what I've heard of your music thus far and cannot wait to continue discovering more. I would just like to ask, what is the meaning behind the song , "The Rhine"? I've listened to it fairly frequently, but there's so many possible meanings and I was curious what the original intent was. Thanks!
To be honest I'm not sure I can boil it down to one "meaning". I was traveling Germany at the time, so a lot of the colorful imagery about the Rhine and such came from that. My cousin did get in a really serious car accident while I was there, so the last verse was me wrestling with almost losing him (unfortunately he passed a few months later of an unrelated issue so the song sort of took on a whole new meaning). There's a lot more for me, I could probably unpack each line quite a bit. What does it mean to you?
Thanks for listening. If you're a vinyl person, we're working on pressing that EP to 7inch so stay tuned :)
Absolutely. I could go on and on and on, and perhaps I will though I don't know how much I'll share to "anonymous" in case this is my mother or something! haha. I don't consider weed a "drug" per se, but smoking it has hugely impacted my creativity, my depression, and just my outlook on life. I've also had really transformative spiritual/psychological experiences on psychedelics (which I also don't really categorize as a drug or at least not when you think of all the "bad" ones like cocaine and heroin). I'm starting to become more comfortable speaking about my experiences and would be happy to share more if you have more questions. But, YES definitely. haha