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Six String Heartblog

Autumn Roads, random thoughts & truth.....

There's something I love about touring in the Autumn - something about driving on damp, crisp, windy days, watching the leaves dance across the highway.  To then arrive at the venue, shaking off the cold with a cup of coffee, a soundcheck, conversation with the venue staff, and the warm reception from the attending audience.  No two shows are ever the same - you can play the same list of songs in the same order night after night but each time the songs are played differently depending on so many factors - your energy level, the sound in the room...... but nonetheless, each time a song is performed it is it's own stand alone version.

Whenever I am asked to decribe my music, or better yet to define it by genre, the easy answer is always "Folk", "Acoustic" or "Singer-Songwriter" because, I play at small venues with an acoustic guitar and no backing band comprised of drums, bass and electric guitar.  The most accompaniament I have ever had or needed is provided by Jeffrey Mikulski on electric guitar and mandolin.  One thing my music certainly (and thankfully) is NOT, is machine driven pop music made for the masses.  Personally, I refer to my music as "Americana" simply because it's an amalgam of several genres - most notably, Folk, Blues and Country.  But on a deeper level, this music, the music that is done by many, many others like myself who travel all over the country and conveniently gets labeled as "Folk" - really transcends a specific genre.  As an artist you keenly become aware over time, that the songs you write and perform are the stories of a universal truth written in response to your environment and personal experience.  In performance, the songs become a mirror - a mirror you hold up to the audience that hopefully reflects an event, experience or emotion in a relatable way.  In essence, you have now become a traveling, musical evangelist, but instead of being armed with a book full of scripture, your songs become the gospel that you preach, hoping to "convert" some listeners along the way.  When that connection happens, it's at that point you realize that what's really important is the communion between you as an artist and the audience as listener - not the name on the venue, the size of the city in which you are performing or even how many people are in the audience.  That's the whole truth......

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