It was early November of 2006. My life was in complete disarray. I was 25 years old and living with my parents and had more disposable income than I’ll probably ever have again. I was still picking up the pieces from a nasty break-up and had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Deep down, I had been wanting to write and record music for quite awhile. I wrote plenty of lyrics that I always ended up hating, and every chord progression I came up with felt like it was going nowhere. I was no doubt making some really bad choices during this time.
That weekend I knew I needed to take a break from the bars as the last (few) year(s?) had been constant partying and recklessness on my part with friends and whomever else I met. I rented The Devil and Daniel Johnston because I had read a lot of good reviews and was really hooked on M. Ward’s cover of Daniel’s song “To Go Home”. By the time I finished I had never felt so floored and inspired in my life. I laughed and cried and had no idea that after this night I would simply never be the same person again.
Here was this guy who could barely strum a guitar or hold a note with his voice, yet it didn’t matter. The songs came from the soul, and that was all that mattered. If he could do it, I could do it.
Either that night or the next day I sat down in my bedroom floor and wrote “Fortune and Glory”. I knew I had something in me that had been lying dormant for years, and it was time for it to rise. I finally had the confidence and belief that I could make a record. In the coming weeks songs just came to me. By mid-March of 2007 I had finished Trashed in the Daylight and started handing it out to anyone who would listen.
Were they the best songs ever? Would they change the world? Was my voice even in key? Probably not, but-it was a start. I was never going to give up again. If people didn’t get it, fine. But I was determined to get better and see where it goes. So, to celebrate its third birthday, I’d like to share with you my first (all original) record. The dream still lives, and here is that first step.