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

lyrical essays on songwriting + other mysteries


This is a view from our house, our little hideaway farm. My refuge from the road. All the songs I have written the past two years loosely revolve around this place that we … Continue reading

April 22, 2014 · 11 Comments

it’s like bed

People always ask, “What comes first, the lyrics or the music?” Hoboy. What a tangle at the bend in the river. I don’t know why they’re so fascinated with the answer to … Continue reading

April 10, 2014 · 28 Comments

the threads

H’s bittersweet, new album is filled with pretty, meandering tracks. I have contributed one. For all the loneliness found on her record, she has drawn quite a crowd into her … Continue reading

April 1, 2014 · 21 Comments

music + danger

My mother went to school in the little church of her bleached village high up in the mountains of northern Greece. There she learned to read and write, say her verses, and sing the spirituals. She always wanted … Continue reading

March 20, 2014 · 23 Comments


Science fact: the universe is humming. A black hole in the Perseus cluster approximately 250 million light years away is emitting a note: B-flat. Actually, its entire tune is the note B-flat, … Continue reading

March 9, 2014 · 33 Comments

a love song

I turn the dial on my car radio searching for the latest love song. Listening to it now, I can’t help but feel it casts a benevolent spell. N’s voice … Continue reading

February 27, 2014 · 34 Comments

quiet hours

Home again, and I put on my boots to shovel snow from, well, everywhere. We have more than two feet of it. I’m glad I’m not that broken tree although … Continue reading

February 18, 2014 · 21 Comments

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