The album "Worth the Risk" is three years old today. It marked a major turning point in my songwriting and life in general. It still does, and probably always will, hold a special place in my heart.
"Flower in Your Hair" was the first song of mine I ever heard on the radio (thank you dXn!). That's a memory unique from any other I've had, or ever will.
"Smile" made me realize what I was capable of -- as a composer, a lyricist, a storyteller, and most importantly to me now, a young, vulnerable human being blessed with the ability to transmute pain and darkness into a shared experience of connection.
And "The Way It Used To Be," recorded for the third time when it appeared on this album, taught me that the magic of a song is in its spirit. You can get the mix "perfect," but if you suffocate the spirit in the process, what's the point?
So, today I'm grateful for everything this album represents -- a painfully honest and vulnerable effort from a young songwriter finding his way in a world of personal darkness -- and taking the first stumbles into a new, still ongoing stage of growth.
Rock on, peeps. 🤘 I hope that if you haven't yet, you take a moment to listen, and I hope you find it in you to live with courage and an open heart in a sometimes brutal, always beautiful world.