t h i n g s + f l e s h

lyrical essays on songwriting + other mysteries

good records

I’ve begun collaborating with M on her next album. Much of the recording, arranging and producing the weeks ahead will be done in late-night sessions at a studio in a town just far enough … Continue reading

July 9, 2014 · 15 Comments


I thought the song I made up for N was completely finished. She asked me to compose a short piece for string quartet and computer-generated sound, and I did. But listening to it, there was … Continue reading

June 26, 2014 · 17 Comments

truth + lies

There’s a misguided belief that just because you play an acoustic guitar and sing in a near-whisper close to the microphone, it makes you more honest than singer-songwriters who attempt to create an experience of truth in some other … Continue reading

June 19, 2014 · 24 Comments

every day

This bird comes every day and stops at the branch to sing for an hour or two, as if it were absentminded, trying to remember the melody of June. That’s all it … Continue reading

June 10, 2014 · 29 Comments


A friend of ours — an actress — was visiting here with us tonight, along with her husband the filmmaker and a couple of writers who live in town. We got to wondering when all the singing, writing and acting began. … Continue reading

May 27, 2014 · 18 Comments

musical chairs

Last night I sat on a little red chair and sang for around 30 people. Some were sitting real close … their closeness was almost air to me. I was singing some new songs, really … Continue reading

May 14, 2014 · 37 Comments

the field

Today the melody I had been searching for passed at last across my field, while I was lying there, in the kind of sunshine songwriters love. The field crawled off in a … Continue reading

May 6, 2014 · 30 Comments

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