Six songs, Kid Songs, Love Songs and Lanois

Happy Valentine's Day all you lovebirds out there. Or happy Single People's Awareness Day. Whatever your take on it. As for us, we feel guilty asking our single friends to babysit on Valentine's Day, so we're celebrating on Thursday instead. And it'll be easier to get a dinner reservation then.

A few months ago I couldn't stop talking about a project I worked on for my friend Chris Mason. That record is finally out, today I believe, and you can listen to it here and buy it here. I'm pretty proud of the way this turned out, sonically and vibe-wise and all that, and I think Chris wrote some pretty great songs. If you found this website because you like my music, I'm pretty confident you'd enjoy Chris's as well, so head on over, check it out, and support another great independent artist.

I saw Daniel Lanois in concert last night. It was really great. For those of you who don't know who he is, he produced probably six or seven of my all-time favorite records (Achtung Baby, The Joshua Tree, Peter Gabriel, Willie Nelson, EmmyLou Harris, Bob Dylan...). He's also one of my favorite guitar players and just an all-around incredibly inspiring musician. He had the same band that he had the first time I saw him, but they've gotten way better and thankfully, they've also gotten a new drummer. And this guy was great. They played at the Belcourt Theatre, which is the first place I ever played Andy P's Christmas show, kind of cool. Anyway, it was an inspiring show, musically, visually, all sorts of ways. Watching someone play with such a freedom and a passion reminds me of why I started doing this in the first place. And then I sit there and dream up things I should do next. I started thinking about lighting in my new studio, where to sit the drums, how to approach building songs to have a more cinematic scope (maybe showing old movies silently on a wall while people play?) I just love being taken to a place where it's just natural to create, even in your daydreaming. Oh, and EmmyLou showed up and sang four songs with him. Dang.

I started working on that kids record with Randall and Andy yesterday. It was a lot of fun. We're trying to get the basics of EIGHTEEN songs in two days, which is crazy, especially when they're singing about their pet tigers and bored kids and then try to sing it faster and faster. It's actually been a ton of work, from the engineering side, to have so many songs that have to stop and start, speed up, slow down, all these different things, but it's been very fun.

Well, I should get running. For those of you on the pre-order site, I'm going to post a stream of one of the new songs on Thursday, so make sure to be checking that site out. Thanks for stopping by and I'll write again soon.