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Here are my descriptions of every song that I have written and released on my solo albums. I have provided details about how and where the songs were written, what they were inspired by and how they were recorded. These are just my own thoughts on the songs but every listener may interpret them differently than how I describe them here. I wrote every song myself in my recording studio The Droperating Room.


A FEELING
(2014)

The music and melody for this song was written many years before I finished the final lyrics. I had the idea for the opening guitar riff in 2002 and then forgot about it for nearly 12 years. It's a fun song about two people playing some cat-and-mouse game of love with each other. There are also several Beatles' song titles mentioned throughout the verses as well.


A GOOD DAY
(2014)

This song was inspired in part by my own life. I enjoy the way I live and try to always have a positive attitude every day. It was also written to bring more happiness to the world in the midst of all the anger and negativity that exists. It's a pretty song that I really enjoy playing.


A HEART ON THE LINE
(2008)

This song is basically about someone who is going through a difficult end of a relationship. Could be the end of a marriage or a friendship or a partnership. Whatever type fits for the listener. This song is not about any particular relationship or person but it was inspired by a friend of mine who had recently gone through a bad break-up. It was written in three different time signatures starting in 3/4 at the intro, 4/4 for the verses and 5/4 one quick time in the second verse. I felt this type of song worked very well acoustically without too much production because of the emotional tone. It was written in sections over a period of 3 days.


A LITTLE MORE
(2017)

I wrote this song around a single riff that repeats several times throughout the song. It reminded me of something George Harrison might have played. I wanted to record it with a 12-string guitar. But when I recorded it I didn't have a 12-string so I layered several different guitar parts together in mono to create a 12-string guitar sound. The message in this song is going "the extra mile" in life to achieve goals and dreams.


A LONG ROAD
(2016)

The concept of this song is about how everything worth doing in life takes hard work and dedication. I wrote it all on acoustic guitar. Music first, lyrics last.


A LONG TIME
(2017)

The main character in this song is struggling to be noticed. Could be in the work place or just in social circles. But they are desperate to be recognized for their abilities. I wrote it on guitar. Music and melodies first, lyrics last.


A LOVE GROWN COLD
(2007)

A hopeful song about an unsure type of romantic relationship. I feel that the characters in this song still have a lot of love for each other but have lost the way of expressing it. While some listeners may interpret this as a sad song, I wrote it with an optimistic feeling for the characters that they will get back the passion that has gone cold. But it is never actually definitively revealed in the song. This was the first song I wrote after a two-week dry spell in writing. It was the one and only time I ever went dry and I felt elated when this song came to me. The whole song practically wrote itself in about an hour. Melody and chord progression came first and the lyrics were written shortly after.


A STRANGER'S TOUCH
(2016)

This is a song about not really knowing the person who you are with. Someone that has a hidden dark side to their personality that they keep to themselves. And as time goes on it gets harder for them to contain that darker side. I wrote it as if it was a movie script. The characters were developed in that way. The majority of this song was written on guitar with some sections composed on piano.


ALL DAY EVERY DAY ANYWAY
(2014)

This song could be taken in a risque way which is how I intended it. But it also could be about anything really. The title came to me when I was thinking about the craft of songwriting and how I do it all day every day anyway. And the title led to the rest of the story for the song. It was written on both acoustic guitar and piano in about 2 days. Music and melodies first, lyrics last.


ALL I AM IS WITH YOU
(2006)

I wrote this song about 3 years before I ever released it officially. It is the typical big mushy love ballad. It modulates between three different keys and is the first time I ever did that in a song. The melody line of the chorus came to me in a flash while I was driving one afternoon and I just sang outloud to myself the lyric "All of my waiting is done. All of my searching is through."
I finished writing the body of the song when I got back home and wrote all of the lyrics the next day.


ALL MY LOVE
(2006)

I was inspired by the early Motown sound for this song. I wanted a horn section and a driving drum groove to go along with the simple melody line. This song was constructed with production in mind from the start. I kept the chorus melody very simple and the verse melody more complex intentionally which is rare for my songs. Usually they are the other way around.


ALL WE'LL EVER KNOW
(2005)

I wanted to write a song based around 3-part harmony. The chord structure for this song is quite simple and the vocal harmonies are maintained through almost the entire duration. Songs like "This Boy" and "Yes It Is" by the Beatles inspired me to write this song. I remember changing the key about six or seven times before settling on the key of B. This one was written in sections over the course of a week. I think the message is simply that we all have this one planet to share. It's our only home in space. The lyric "I must remember our time together is only for a little while" is a way of saying we should all be a little nicer to each other.


ALONG THE LINE
(2014)

This song was inspired by the style of some of the songs on Tom Petty's 1994 album "Wildflowers" as well as the Eagles' 2007 album "Long Road Out Of Eden". I wanted a soft easy-listening vibe for it so I played brushes on the drum track and added the 3-part harmony "oohs" at the end. I wrote the song on guitar in about an hour. Music first, lyrics last.


ALWAYS KEEPING SECRETS
(2008)

I always pictured the characters in this song to be a young man in his mid twenties and an older woman perhaps in her late 40's or early 50's engaged in a sneaky kind of relationship. The character of "Mrs. Robinson" comes to mind here. This is one of my favorite types of song to write for some reason although it doesn't actually reflect my own life. The first idea that came to me for this song was the melody of the bass line. I wrote the entire song on the bass and fit the chords to match what I was playing. The lyrics were subsequently written only a few minutes after writing the body of the song. All in all, this song was written in about 45 minutes.


AN AVERAGE DAY
(2014)

I wrote this as a jingle to be used for the theme music for a local radio show by the same name. I was interviewed by the hosts and was asked to write a short song to open and close their weekly show so this is what I wrote for them. It was written on acoustic guitar. Music and melody first and lyrics last.


ANOTHER TOMORROW
(2015)

I wrote this song with the concept of living life to the fullest. Nothing is promised or guaranteed. And no one knows how long we have to live. So I wanted to write a song that is a reminder to live as happily and productively as possible everyday. The song was written entirely on acoustic guitar in two days. The lyrics were written just a few minutes after the melodies were finished.


ANYTIME ANYPLACE
(2016)

This is a simple song about two people who are wild about each other and really can't get enough of "it". The music and melody was all composed on piano. The lyrics were written days later while I strummed the song on acoustic guitar.


AT ANY COST
(2016)

This is song is about the fear of losing one's own mind. I believe I was inspired subconsciously to write this song after learning about Glen Campbell's Alzheimer's Disease. The whole song was written on acoustic guitar.


ATTRACTION
(2010)

This is one of my favorite songs that I've written. It's a primal kind of song about basic human attraction without any concerns about political correctness or societal perceptions. I knew I wanted a really soaring guitar intro so I constructed the intro according to which notes I wanted the lead guitar to play. The melody and chord structure went through many changes over the course of several weeks before it was finished and a few days later I wrote the lyrics. While I was developing the chord structure, I felt it had a latin type of sound. Kind of like what is heard in old Western movies with the classical guitar and the whistle. So I used a classical guitar in the chorus.


AWAY FROM YOU
(2009)

This is a blues tune that I had in mind for several years before I actually finished writing it. The main character of the song seems to me to be a guy (or girl) who is ready to move on from a relationship that has lost all of it's passion. I think there is a bit of anger in the characters as well. This song gave me the chance to play more lead guitar work and I also played two drum tracks at the same time in the style of the Allman Brothers Band.


BABE IT'S YOU
(2006)

This is the first time I attempted to write an R&B song. I had been listening to some of the hit R&B songs at the time and wrote this one in about an hour on keyboard. Melody and chords took about 15 minutes and the lyrics were written the next day in about 45 minutes. There are counter lyric lines over the main verse lyrics which I was very pleased with.


BACK TO THE LOVE
(2012)

I wrote this song as a message of love and peace. It's not meant to preach to anyone but it's just simply saying that if we all focus on love and peace instead of hate and violence, we all could make a better world to live in. All the music and melodies were written on keyboard in about 10 minutes and the lyrics were written in about an hour a week later. I used a moog synth bass for this track.


BARE BONES
(2012)

This song was written entirely on keyboard in about 3 hours. All the music and melodies were done first and the lyrics written shortly thereafter. It's basically a song about human arrogance in thinking we can control nature, but nature is always the one who is really in control. I sang 4-part harmony in the choruses.


BE THEIR STRENGTH
(2011)

This song was written for the victims of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. It was mainly composed on piano. Music and melody first, lyrics last.


BELIEVE
(2006)

After I wrote this song in 2003 it stayed in demo form until I finally re-recorded and released it officially in 2006. My idea for this song was about someone who had been fired from a job, perhaps wrongfully and is bitter about it. The main character is basically speaking to their former boss with petty insults like "Too fast for you, too slow for me. Too complicated for you, easy for me." The whole song was written over two days with the melody first and lyrics last.


BELIEVE IN ME
(2015)

This song has a 1950's feel to me. It's a somewhat cynical song. But the protagonist is frustrated because his/her significant other is always discouraging rather than encouraging. The idea that knowing someone believes in what you're doing can be powerful in helping to achieve success is the concept in this song. It was written in sections over a 2-day period entirely on acoustic guitar. Melody and music first, lyrics last.


BETTER IN LEATHER
(2014)

I had the title for this song in my head for about five years before I actually wrote the song. The story is metaphorical in that it can be applied to the risque or to simply enjoying a good book. I really enjoyed playing with the words while writing the lyrics and had a great time recording it. First I composed the music and melodies on acoustic guitar in about an hour and then wrote all the lyrics after that.


BETTER TO BE SORRY THAN SAFE
(2015)

I wrote this song while on one of my daily walks around my neighborhood. The title had been in my mind for many years but without any concept or music ideas attached to it. I just thought it was a funny twist of the common phrase "better to be safe than sorry". But it occurred to me that it could make sense that being sorry for something and owning up to a mistake and then accepting the consequences would be better for a person's self-respect and integrity rather than keeping "safe" and hiding the truth. When that idea hit me, I immediately started humming a melody for it. Before I had finished my walk back home, I already had the lyrics to the first verse and chorus. I finished writing the rest of the song that night on acoustic guitar.


BEYOND THE UNIVERSE
(2015)

The arrangement for this song changed drastically with each revision I did to it. It took several weeks to decide on the way I ultimately recorded it. There were originally many fast-changing chords and an intricate melody weaving it's way throughout the song which is how I made the demo recording. That was how I intended to record it up until the day that I actually did record it which is when I completely changed the arrangement and simplified the chords and melody. The whole song was composed on acoustic guitar. I believe the concept in this song is being open-minded to all possibilities and an optimistic attitude towards life.


BLACK CLOUD
(2012)

This is one of my favorite songs that I've written. It is a very dark song but the story is one that I'm quite proud of. It is about a man sitting alone in a dark, small prison cell on the eve of his execution date. The image I had in my head while I was writing it was of the man sitting in his cell looking out the small window into the night sky and in the distance he can see the noose hanging from the gallows which is where he will be going in just a few hours the next morning. As he is sitting there he is pondering all of the things he did in his life that brought him to this moment and wondering how and why he got there. I was inspired by the old western movies as well as the early delta blues players of the 1930's and 40's to write this song. It was composed entirely on piano in about 2 hours. Music first, lyrics last.


BLACKMAIL
(2008)

This is a song about some of the dark sides of life and how anyone could easy fall through the cracks so-to-speak, or become mixed up with the wrong kind of people. The lyric "complete the sale to hide the tale" both figuratively and metaphorically sums up the main idea of the song. The word "tale" could also be interpreted as "tail" as in the phrase "cover your a$$/save your hide". The main character could be someone who has committed a crime and is being blackmailed by the only person who knows about it so they will keep it secret. Or it could be any other situation that the listener interprets it as. This song stayed in demo form for 5 years until I re-recorded and officially released it 2008.


BLIND SPOT
(2008)

I wrote this song as a piano-ballad right from the start. The title was inspired by something a former teacher of mine used to say to his students all the time. My thoughts about what the story of this song should be about were in a metaphorical way referring to someone who is courting someone who he/she wants to be in a relationship with. The first lyric that came to my mind was "you've just gotta check your blind spot and I'll be there waiting for you" which is basically saying "I'll be here when you're ready". The body of the song was written in about 20 minutes and the lyrics were written about an hour later.


BRING BACK YESTERDAY
(2007)

This song began with the title which was inspired by the Foreigner song "That Was Yesterday". It was written as an R&B song about wanting to be able to go back in time to either fix the past or to re-live a better time of life. I used both piano and guitar to compose the song and it was written over a period of 2 or 3 days. The time signature changes in the choruses from 4/4 to 7/4 and back to 4/4 which was not by force. The song wrote itself that way and really gave the song a nice edge.


BY CHANCE
(2012)

This song was written around the drum beat. I started playing that particular groove on the kit and immediately began hearing the chords that should go with it. So I recorded about 5 minutes of me playing just the drums and then used that as a foundation to write the song to. It took about 3 days to finish all the music and melodies on piano and then another day to write the lyrics. This song has a jazz feel to it which I really liked. The story is about two people meeting each other in the park (or anywhere) and eventually falling in love. It has become one of my favorite songs that I've written.


CALL ME
(2016)

I wrote this song on piano. It has a jazzy feel to it. All of the chords and melodies were written in about 5 minutes. But I didn't finish writing the rest of the lyrics until about a year later. It's a simple song about wanting to be there for someone at all times. Whatever they need they can count on you being there. That was the concept in my mind when I was writing it. The lyrics took about an hour to finish.


CARRIED AWAY
(2005)

Here is a ballad about someone who gets a little carried away with their dreams of being in a relationship with someone who may not even know they exist. It does not go as far as being a stalker-song but rather just someone who may be too shy to do anything about the feelings he/she has for a person. By the end of the song, it becomes clear to him/her that an actual relationship will never happen with the person.


CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE
(2017)

This song is about growing up and learning from the mistakes of youth. It's one of my more jazzy songs. I wrote it all on guitar. Music first lyrics last.


CHOICES
(2016)

This song has a country feel to it. I wrote it entirely on acoustic guitar. The concept is about how all of life is a series of choices. How each choice leads down a different path and to think carefully about each choice.


COLLISION COURSE
(2017)

I wrote this song as if it were to be the soundtrack to a movie. The "script" of the song is about an asteroid billions of miles away in space that is on a collision course with Earth. But it also is a metaphor for any event in a person's life that causes major changes in one way or another. I'd love to see this song in a sci-fi movie or perhaps a drama. I wrote it all on guitar. Music and melodies first, lyrics last.


COME AND GO
(2014)

This song was written about the struggle to stay relevant. The idea that there is always someone a little bit faster, smarter, stronger, younger, etc. who is ready to take the place of whoever is number 1. It is also about second chances. If you fall down, you can get back up. If you lose, you can win again.


COME BACK HOME
(2009)

I wrote this song as a tribute to Bo Diddley who I had the pleasure of knowing and performing with as a young teenager. The song doesn't actually talk about Bo but rather is about how he felt about things. He always believed in helping the youth of the world to stay off the streets and away from drugs. I used his famous "Bo Diddley Beat" on this track. Most of it was written in 2002 but I didn't finish writing it until 2009 when it was finally officially released.


COME RIGHT OUT AND TELL YOU
(2007)

This is a love ballad about someone who is finally ready to tell the person he/she is attracted to that they have feelings for them even though there is a good chance of being rejected. The whole song was written in about an hour with the melody and chord structure first and lyrics last.


COMING BACK TO YOU
(2014)

This song was written in about 15 minutes on guitar. It was inspired by the style of The Traveling Wilburys. It is also similar to another one of my songs called "Tired Of Your Games".


CREATURE OF THE NIGHT
(2016)

To put it bluntly, this song is about a sex-crazed woman on the prowl for as many "victims" as she can get. The music and melodies were composed first with the acoustic guitar and then I wrote the lyrics a few days later.


CRUEL WORLD
(2006)

I think this song is just a statement of how the world and/or life can be very unfair many times but that happiness can still be achieved with just a little bit of effort. It has a message of hope but also that it's OK to feel a bit down or depressed sometimes. The entire song was written in about 15 minutes. Melody first, lyrics last.


DEBT
(2014)

I wrote this song in the style of an old delta blues song. It is both humorous and serious at the same time. Many people in the world struggle with debt so I wrote this song in addressing that. But it is still meant to be a fun song even if it is a serious subject. It was not written about me or anyone else in particular. But I'm sure there are people who have lived or are living the story.


DEEP IN THE DARK OF THE NIGHT
(2008)

This song began with the title which was inspired by a line in the Bee Gees song "Paying The Price Of Love" which says "Deep in the dark of the night I'm a man on a mission" so I just used the first part of the line and made up a story around it. I was only writing acoustic-style songs during this period (mid-2008) but I have always felt this could have been produced or performed in a full-band style as well. It took about a week to write this song completely and it was written in sections.


DEEPER
(2016)

I wrote this song while sitting in my car in the parking lot of Walmart. All of the melody, story and most of the lyrics came to me within 5 minutes just sitting there in the car. I began singing and beatboxing the ideas to myself in the car. As I drove home I continued writing the song in my head and outloud with my voice. By the time I returned home the whole song was composed and I began the process of arranging, producing and recording it. The chorus was the first thing I wrote with the idea of someone falling deeper in love with someone with each passing moment and unable to stop the force.


DESTINY
(2016)

This song is about working towards dreams and goals. And knowing there is a destiny waiting... but not being sure exactly what it is. I wrote it all on acoustic guitar. Music first lyrics last.


DIGNITY
(2010)

I wrote this song with an R&B/Disco groove in mind. The melody came to me one morning while I was walking around my block like I do most days. I hummed the melody as I walked and began singing arbitrary words which slowly started to take shape. The line "You've gotta have dignity to find the purity of the love in your heart for someone" was what I was singing repeatedly by the time I got back home and I began working on the song immediately in the studio. The title was originally from a demo that I had been working on 6 years earlier in 2004 which was mostly just an instrumental and never had been finished. Although the style of that demo song was nothing like the style of this song. It took a few days to finish the whole song. The lyrics were written several days after the melody and chords were finished.


DIRTY LITTLE SECRET
(2013)

This song is about a love affair. I pictured the story as being a man who is in a secretive relationship with a married woman. He wants the relationship to be out in the open, but she is scared to leave her husband and also afraid of what her friends would think when they find out she has been having an affair. I wrote the whole song on piano. Music and melody first, lyrics last.


DOCTOR-PATIENT PRIVILEGE
(2011)

This song started with the title. I wanted this to be about a improper sexual relationship between a doctor and a patient. But the doctor becomes fearful that the patient may want to blackmail him to keep his misconduct a secret. This apparently doesn't bother the doctor who is more-than-willing to pay whatever price is necessary to continue doing the dirty deed.
There is another idea behind this song that I also had in mind which was to make fun of the tabloid rumors that can plague a celebrity and cast them in a negative light. I took this idea and made the character play along with whatever it was being said and then develop my own pseudo-tabloid story for the character which all could be completely made-up. The melody and chord structure were written in about 2 days and the lyrics were written about a week later over a period of 3 or 4 days.


DON'T EXPECT A THING
(2012)

I wrote this song completely on piano in about an hour. All the music and melodies were composed first and then the lyrics written afterwards. It was meant to be a blues song in the style of the original Mississippi delta blues players in the 30's and 40's. I think it's about someone who is trying to make a decision about their life and their future. Maybe he/she is reflecting on their past and wanting to make a change for the better. There is also a relationship story intertwined within the context of the song that deals with moving on without bitterness.


DREAMS
(2014)

This song was inspired by the style of The James Gang in the way I wanted to produce it with just bass, guitar and drums without overdubs. The time-signature changes were in the style of the band Rush. I wanted it to have a hard rock edge but with soft vocals to contrast it and a positive message of success in the story. It was written entirely on guitar in about 45 minutes. Music and melody first, lyrics last.


DREAMWORLD
(2007)

This song is about the fantasies people live out in their dreams where anything is possible. The main body of the song was written in about 30 minutes on an acoustic guitar and the lyrics were finished about an hour after that.


DROPARAZZI
(2011)

The title of this song is a play on words of my name and the word "paparazzi". I wanted to write a song about fame and all of the things both good and bad that go along with it. The rumba drum beat was the first idea that came to me and I wrote the rest of the song around it which is something I don't typically do. But it really worked in this case. Over the drums I added a repeating staccato piano riff which has an almost oriental sound to it. This is one of my favorite songs that I've written. The main body of the song was composed almost entirely on piano one afternoon in about 3 hours. But I came up with most of the lyrics while I was driving in my car a few days later as I was humming the melody to myself. I began to sing words that all seemed to work perfectly. So I pulled into a store parking lot and wrote down all of the lyrics onto a napkin and then finished the song completely when I got back home.


D-R-O-P-J-A-W
(2009)

This is my theme song. I wrote it while I was in high school during lunch hour as a rap song that had different parts so several people could participate in it. During the school year I would regularly have a few fellow classmates each do a particular vocal part of the song while I would rap the main lyrics over all of their parts. It was always great fun. I didn't actually record and release it until 8 years later because I really wanted to establish myself as a serious songwriter before releasing a funny type of song like this one. There were also some additional verse lyrics I wrote just before recording it.


EASIER TO SING IT THAN TO SAY IT
(2014)

I wanted to write a country ballad about how it's easier to tell a person how you are feeling by-way of a song rather than saying it with words to them. It was written on both guitar and piano over a period of 2 days. Music and melody first and lyrics last.


EASY TO FORGET
(2006)

This song is about the homeless people around the world. The ones who many of us try to avoid and turn away from. There is a very high percentage of homeless people in the area I live in and after seeing them everyday, witnessing how other people react to them and how I have interacted with them inspired me to write this song. It was written with both sides represented (the fortunate and the less-fortunate) and took about an hour to write the main body of the song and another hour or so to finish the lyrics. I used an acoustic guitar to write the whole song.


ETERNAL LOVE
(2011)

I was inspired to write this song by some friends of mine who got married. So this is what I consider to be a wedding song. The whole song was written on piano and took several days to finish the melody and chord structure. The lyrics were written the same day I finished writing the main body of the song. I had the idea for the melody when the line "Eternal love will always last" came to me and I began singing it repeatedly. The rest of the song was based on that line which also inspired the title of the song.


EVERY DAY WITHOUT YOU
(2007)

I've always wondered what this song is about exactly. It could be about a relationship that has ended badly or perhaps a death in the family. In any case, it's a sad love ballad written with a slight R&B style. I used both piano and guitar to compose this song one afternoon. It took about 3 hours to finish the body of the song and another hour to write the lyrics.


EVERYWHERE IS WHERE YOU WILL BE
(2006)

This was one of the first songs I ever wrote. I won an Honorable Mention Award in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for this song. It was written in 2003 but I officially released it in 2006. The idea behind this song is basically "no star is too far / no goal is unattainable". It was written entirely on piano and only took about 30 minutes to write the entire song. While I was writing, I knew that I wanted to feature an extended synthesizer lead solo at the end as a way of building intensity. Winning the award for this song really helped build my confidence as a songwriter. It was the first time I'd ever been publicly recognized for my merit as a writer. I submitted just the demo of the song to the contest. The album version that I released 3 years later was a new recording with the same arrangement.


FANTASY
(2005)

I believe this song to be about a made-up relationship in the main character's mind that doesn't actually exist in reality. But the person he/she is fantasizing about is also thinking about them at the same time, but neither of them know they are doing so. The body of the song was written on piano in about an hour after the melody came to me very quickly along with the lyric "You are a part of my fantasy. My night and day and in my dream." The lyrics were finished a few days after the melody and chords were finished.


FAREWELL SOMER
(2009)

This song was written as a tribute to and in memory of Somer Thompson and her friends and family. Somer was a 7-year old girl from Orange Park, Florida who was abducted and killed in October, 2009. The news made national headlines and I felt moved to write this song for her. The opening guitar riff is the first thing that came to me and the rest of the chords and melody were constructed around that. I wrote the whole song on acoustic guitar in sections over 2 days.


FINANCIAL BUSINESS
(2006)

I had the title of this song for a few years in my mind before actually writing the song. It was something I said in high school to a friend of mine while we were joking around about something. For some reason I said something like "always remember to take care of your financial business". The song itself was written one day while I was just jamming along to a programmed drum riff in my studio one afternoon and I had the keyboard set to the moog bass sound. I began playing what ultimately became the bass riff of the whole song. After about an hour, I had written all of the music for the song just by having fun jamming with it. The lyrics were written that same night. There is not much of a melody on this song and it is no surprise that there are only 2 chords that alternate back and forth through the entire duration. Since it was written as a jam song rather than with a set melody in mind, the chord structure remained very simple.


FLY AWAY
(2005)

I had the idea of writing a song about someone who wanted to be a pilot. That idea quickly turned metaphorical about wanting to "fly away" from the struggles of life. The chord structure took quite a while to get right. There really are a lot of chords in this song. I wanted each chord to change along with every note of the melody. The way the chords climb up as the melody goes up was my idea of an airplane climbing up into the sky.


FOR ME NOW
(2009)

This song was written during the time my mom was in the hospital receiving treatment for advanced Cancer. The piano riff was written before I found out about her condition but the vocal melody and the lyrics were written after. Although this song is not actually about any particular person or event, the tone is sad and probably reflects what I was feeling at the time. It seems to me that the main character in this song is someone with an illness who is speaking to his/her family and friends and telling them that everything will be okay.


FOR YOU
(2010)

I wrote this song for my mom to sing. Her style of singing and tone of voice are very similar to mine with a few distinct differences. I had her voice in mind while writing the melody. Both piano and guitar were used to compose this song. Another reason why I wrote this song was because I wanted my mom to have a goal to look forward to. She was in the hospital being treated for Cancer when I wrote it and this was my way of helping her to have a reason to live. She had been a professional musician for many years before I was born and this song put her back in the music business.


FOR YOUR LOVE
(2015)

This song was composed entirely on acoustic guitar in about 4 hours. I wrote the choruses first. It's another "longing for love" kind of song where the protagonist is struggling to find the way to win the heart of the one he loves.


FOREVER DIDN'T LAST LONG
(2008)

This song began with the title. I really liked the concept of "forever" having a definitive end point. There is a bit of sarcasm through the song but a general feeling of disappointment and longing with regards to the ending of what was once a strong relationship. The lyric "our forever didn't last too long even though we thought we had it all" shows the sarcasm and the disappointment all in one line which the rest of the song was based on. Approximately 90 percent of this song was composed on piano in sections over the course of a week and the lyrics were written as I strummed the chords on acoustic guitar a few days after that. There is no actual event or person that this song is written about although I have known many people who have experienced this type of situation.


FULL MOON SPELL
(2008)

This is one of my favorite songs. I got the idea for it while I was driving home one night and I noticed the full moon in the sky. It really was mesmerising to me because the atmosphere made it look twice as big and it was almost like being under a spell. So I began constructing the song as soon as I got home and it was written in about 45 minutes. I wanted it to have a very spooky vibe almost as if it could be played in a scary movie. The keyboard intro was meant to mimic the sounds of the night. I tried to play sounds that inspired images of crickets and darkness and perhaps low fog with moon beams shining down. The beat of the song changes radically from the choruses to the verses as a way of portraying the moon's affect on people, tides, animals and so forth.


GIFT OF LIFE
(2012)

This is a song about new life. Particularly child birth but it can also be the birth of anything such as an animal or plants in a garden. I wrote it as a gift for my good friends Danny and Stephanie Eby on the birth of their new son Cade. The way I recorded it was by playing and singing it live in the studio with no overdubs. It was written entirely on piano in about 2 hours. Music first, lyrics last.


GIVE IT A CHANCE
(2008)

The idea for this song came about because of a piano finger exercise that I would do just as a warm-up before a gig or recording session. Eventually after a few months, I began to hum a melody while playing it and the song started to take shape. It's basically about someone who ventures out on the town just to get out of the house and relive some boredom. He enters a club or restaurant where he meets a girl and they both take an instant liking to each other. This could be about a one-night-stand or a lasting relationship depending on the listener's interpretation.


GOING CRAZY
(2013)

The main character in this song starts off feeling mental chaos from lust or infatuation for someone. By the end of the song, he (or she) has learned how to control those emotions in a healthy way. This song was written on both piano and guitar and took me about 2 hours to compose. Music first, lyrics last.


GOODBYE
(2006)

This song was written as a tribute to the victims and families of the World Trade Center attacks in 2001. I wrote it only a few days after the attacks happened but didn't officially release it for another 5 years. The song doesn't actually mention anything about New York or the World Trade Center specifically so that it can be applied to many different situations. But those events were what inspired me to write the song.


GOPHER IT
(2009)

I wanted to do a song that featured a long drum solo, so I wrote this song to do just that. I originally began my musical career as a drummer and so I felt it was time to do something that showcased what I had been known for doing for my first 12 years as a musician. To pad it out, I wrote a short bass solo, guitar parts, horn parts and vocal harmonies to go before and after the drum solo. I recorded a demo of the song in 2002 and then re-recorded and officially released it in 2009.


GUARDIAN ANGEL
(2015)

This was one of the fastest songs I ever have written. I got the title for it after a local radio DJ was speaking highly of me and my music on the air. He jokingly said that he would want me to be his guardian angel if he happened to be in danger. It was a joke but I really liked the title. So I immediately went to the piano and the first thing I played became the chords and melody for the song. I also began to sing random lyrics that ended up becoming most of the final lyrics. After about 5 minutes nearly the entire song was written. I only had to change a few of the words in the verses when I went to record it a few months later.


HAVEN'T I
(2016)

I wrote this song entirely on acoustic guitar. It went through many changes before it became the final version that I recorded. I intended it to be a soft acoustic ballad initially. But over time it evolved into club dance track. I wrote it with the concept of someone devoting all of their time and emotions to someone but without ever really getting anything in return or even any acknowledgment from the person.


HE MUST BE A SAINT
(2010)

This is a country song written about a relationship that ends when the girl runs off with another man. It's a pretty common theme but I tried to put an original spin on it, such as the sarcastic lyric "He must be a saint. Apparently that is something I ain't". I've always been very proud of the way the lyrics were written in this song as well as the chord structure. I used both piano and guitar to compose the song over the period of several weeks in many sections and the lyrics were written several days after the body of the song was completed.


HEARTBROKEN
(2007)

Here is another sad love ballad written in R&B style inspired by the songs on Luther Vandross' last album "Dance With My Father". The melody line for the chorus is what came to me first while I was doing yard work one afternoon. I began singing the words "Never again will I feel this way. You're the only one my heart beats for" to the melody over and over again as I worked. Upon completing the yard work, I immediately went into the studio and began composing the song. The chord structure is very unique and is one of my favorite progressions that I've written.


HELL OR HIGH WATER
(2014)

This is a song about determination to accomplish any goal or dream in life. It was written mainly on guitar and partly on piano in about an hour. Music first, lyrics last.


HER NEXT FLING
(2009)

This is a comedic country song about a guy who knows a girl in his hometown who has a reputation of getting married a lot and he is just waiting for his chance to be "her next fling". The guy doesn't seem to mind the fact that she probably won't want to stay married to him for very long because he just wants to be with her for as long as she will let him. The song was written very quickly on an acoustic guitar in about an hour. Lyrics were finished after the chord structure and melody had been composed.


HONESTLY
(2013)

I wrote the music and melodies to this song in about an hour all on piano and the lyrics over the course of a week. It is about commitment. The main character in the song is professing that no matter what he is doing, what he goes through in life or where he is in the world, his heart will always belong to the one he loves.


HONEY
(2014)

This song was written around a piano riff that I composed as a warm-up exercise for my hands. While playing it I began singing random words that eventually became an established melody. It was clear to me from the start that the song would be happy and pretty so I chose to write a girl that everyone loves because she is so sweet. Thus, the title "Honey" was applied. The girl could be anyone who fits that description. Or it could simply be someone who is the object of someone's affection.


HOW CAN I LET YOU GO
(2016)

This song originally was part of another song I wrote called "I Wish You The Best" which I took out of the song and just forgot about. It has a 50's style progression and I always thought it was a pretty melody. So nearly ten years later I decided to finish it as a complete song on it's own. It's a story of love, loss and acceptance. I wrote it all on acoustic guitar.


I BELIEVE
(2010)

The idea for this song came as a flash with the melody line and lyrics "I believe this is where we belong..." and I proceeded to build the entire song around that line. It was written entirely on acoustic guitar. The whole time I was writing it, I knew it would be a tribute song to my parents and one for them to perform on with me. On the recording, my mom played rhythm acoustic guitar and my dad played slide guitar and the lead solo. They both are singing harmony with me in the choruses. I sang the melody with that one lyric line while I strummed various chords to find the correct chords that corresponded with the melody. The body of the song was completely written in about 20 minutes and the rest of the lyrics were finished about a week later.


I CAN SEE THE UNIVERSE
(2016)

This song is about trying to see the metaphorical "bigger picture" in any given situation. I wrote it on acoustic guitar. Music first, lyrics last.


I CAN'T STAY
(2008)

This song is about the many "groupies" that latch on to a band while they are on the road touring. The main character of the song is a happily married man who is not interested in any of the one-night-stand offers from the girls he meets while on the road. The first line that came to my mind was "I'm a committed man with a ring on my hand. It might mean nothing to you, but it means something to me." I used both guitar and piano to compose this song over 2 days. Lyrics were written a few days after the melody and chords were finished.


I DON'T GET IT
(2015)

The majority of the music and arrangement for this song were written in 2002 but never had any lyrics. Then one day I was playing guitar in my home and this song popped into my mind for some reason. As I was playing the chords, the story idea started developing into a "longing for the old fashioned ways" type of thing. There are also modern social comments in the verses but it is not meant as a political statement one way or the other.


I DON'T MIND
(2016)

This song began with a short guitar riff that I built the rest of the chords and melody around. The whole song was written on acoustic guitar. It went through many arrangement and production changes before I decided upon the Latin style that it is on the record. It's one of my favorites that I've written.


I GOT HIT BY A TRAIN LAST NIGHT
(2006)

This is my delta-blues tune which started as just a title. It is a metaphorical reference to something big or traumatic happening in a person's life. But there is a lot of comedy fused into the lyrics. I sang this song with an accent which was my attempt at sounding like John Lee Hooker or Muddy Waters. This song also gave me the chance to play a lead guitar solo which I had not done much of up to that point on my songs.


I KNOW WHO YOU ARE
(2010)

I wrote this song in jazz style for my friend Taylor Roberts to play lead guitar on. The chord structure was constructed out of 9th's and 13th's to give it a jazzy tone overall. Taylor's fantastic guitar playing enriched this song more than I could have imagined when I was writing it. The story is about someone who finally can see through all the lies of the person he/she is in a relationship with. It is not about anyone or anything in particular. The whole song was written on guitar in sections over the course of a week.


I LIVE FOR YOU
(2008)

I think this song is about an elderly couple who have been together for many decades and are simply telling each other that they still love each other and will be together for as long as they live. That was the way I was thinking about it while writing the song. I used guitar and piano to compose this song in about 20 minutes. The recording features my cat Spike purring at the end as the song fades out.


I NEED A FRIEND TONIGHT
(2016)

This song is about those times we all know and understand when you just need someone to talk to because you're a bit sad or upset. I wrote it on both piano and acoustic guitar. Music first, lyrics last.


I REMEMBER
(2007)

This is a tribute to my maternal grandfather Tom Souder who was a very big part of my life along with my grandmother Elizabeth Souder. I wanted to write a song that appropriately expressed my respect and love for him and so our family could enjoy it too. The lyric "You had a way of creating your own destiny. Finding every possibility. Nothing was out of your reach..." was a very accurate description of my grandfather. He was very intelligent and could make anything, fix anything or create any type of successful situation for his own life or his family. I wrote the whole song in about 45 minutes on an acoustic guitar. As with my other tribute songs, this was also written in a way that it could be interpreted many ways by people for their own lives.


I WISH I WAS THE ONE
(2007)

I remember writing the main body of this song very quickly one night right before leaving for a gig. I was playing the acoustic guitar and started strumming out this song along with singing the vocal melody for the choruses. After only about 5 minutes, I was able to strum and hum the entire song all the way through. I then left to play the gig and when I came home, I wrote all of the lyrics. This song seems pretty straight-forward to me about a guy that wishes he could be in a particular girl's life but she still hasn't gone for him yet. I didn't write it with any definitive outcome at the end. The listener will have to decide whether or not they actually do eventually get together.


I WISH YOU THE BEST
(2008)

This is a song about understanding and forgiveness, I think. The main character of the song is a guy who has strong feelings for someone but she doesn't seem to have feelings back although she's willing to give it a try. He knows that it may not work out between them so he is saying that he understands if she wants to walk away at some point. I had the lyric "Even if you leave me cold, I still wish you the best of everything..." in my mind initially which gave me the idea for the title. The rest of the song was based on that thought and was composed in about 30 minutes on piano. The lyrics were written several days after the main body of the song was finished.


I WON'T GIVE YOU THE CHANCE
(2007)

This song was loosely inspired by the Eagles hit "Already Gone" in content. My idea was to write a song about a guy who discovers his girlfriend or wife is planning on leaving him for another man and he decides to leave her before she has the chance of telling him she's leaving. It was written half on guitar and half on piano in about 3 hours. Lyrics were written the same day a few hours after the melody and chords were composed.


IF
(2014)

This song was written over several weeks and went through many changes before I completed it. The melody was written rather quickly but it took many different chord structure experiments to find the right progression for it. The story is simply about someone professing their never-ending dedication to someone. I wrote it mainly on acoustic guitar and a bit on piano.


I'M A FOOL
(2012)

I wrote this song on piano in about 30 minutes with the intention of it to be a very standard-type blues song. The music and melody were all written first in the first 10 minutes and the lyrics were quickly written afterwards. The story is basically about someone who knows that they made a mistake in their relationship and is openly admitting it.


IN MY MEMORY
(2016)

This is a song about someone who knows they will die soon and is saying their last goodbye's to everyone. It's kind of like a last will and testament in song-version. I think it could go nice in a movie someday, perhaps. I wrote it on both keyboard and acoustic guitar. Music and melodies first, lyrics last.


IN THE END
(2012)

I wrote this song on piano in about 30 minutes. Music first, lyrics last. The main character seems to be willing to expose all of his or her faults in order to "cleanse" their soul. It could either be about someone on their deathbed wanting to make peace with everyone they did wrong or it could simply be about someone wanting to start a new chapter in their life.


IN THE KNOW
(2009)

This song is about someone who has either witnessed a crime or knows too much about an illegal operation and is being hunted by the people who committed the crime. I was inspired by the Don Henley song "New York Minute" which is about this same type of story. The majority of the melody and chord structure was composed on guitar in about 4 hours. I wrote the lyrics in sections over 2 or 3 days while playing the chords on piano and guitar.


IN YOUR EYES
(2010)

I wrote this song with the idea of a man discovering that his girlfriend or wife has been cheating on him and he has had enough of the relationship. My main focus when writing the lyrics was to create a very clear images of the scenes in the story for the listeners. I composed the song on both guitar and piano in about an hour. On the final recording, my dad is playing rhythm and lead guitar along with Rob Peck, also on lead and rhythm and Hal Saylor on drums.


IS IT WRONG
(2010)

I think this song is about someone who is questioning their own feelings about whether or not to take the plunge into a committed relationship. He/she sways back and forth in their decision and this concept led me to write the song as a fast-paced rock song to simulate the rush of emotions. The whole song was composed on acoustic guitar in about 30 minutes. Melodies first, lyrics last.


IT AIN'T ENOUGH
(2017)

This song is about someone who is deeply depressed and trying to find any element of hope to hold on to in their life. By the end of the song he/she does seem to find that bit of hope. I wrote it all on guitar. Music first lyrics last.


IT'S NO MYSTERY
(2017)

This song was written both on guitar and piano. Music and melodies first, lyrics last. The message is about simple cause-and-effect in life. When you work hard you reap the benefits. Or if you are lazy and don't work hard then you don't get any benefits.


IT'S NOT EASY
(2017)

I wrote this song around a bass riff that I came up with one night in a 5/4 time signature. It's a song about persistence and hard work.


IT'S ONLY A BROKEN HEART
(2007)

This song began with just the title. There is a song by Tom Petty with the same title although it is a completely different song but I was inspired to use the title because of that song. It is a sarcastic title in the same vein as saying something like "it's only diabetes" or something similar in nature. Throughout history, a broken heart has been described as one of the most devastating feelings a human can experience. So I used that thought to write this song about going through the initial hurt and then eventually recovering. The style of this song was inspired by the Bee Gees song "Hold Me" which was recorded by Kenny Rogers. I wrote the melody and chords in about 15 minutes on guitar and the lyrics were written about an hour later.


JADE
(2017)

I got the idea for this song when I saw the name tag on a girl in the drive through window at Taco Bell one afternoon. When I pulled up to the window and saw her name tag I immediately knew it would be a great title for a song. I had always wanted to write a song with a person's name as the title. I think the word "jade" is a fascinating word anyway. So I wrote the song about a person named Jade who has an overwhelming ability to fascinate people in a romantic or provocative way. A small bit of melody and lyrics hit me right then for the choruses but it wasn't until about 3 years later when I actually wrote the rest of the song. It was written on guitar. Music and melodies first, lyrics last.


JUST A DREAM
(2014)

The story in this song is basically about being able to live any type of life you want within a dream. A fantasy-land of sorts. But it's also about doing what is necessary to achieve that dream so it can become a reality. I wrote the majority of the song on acoustic guitar and a bit on piano. Music and melody first, lyrics last.


JUST A MEMORY
(2007)

I wrote this song on acoustic guitar in about 30 minutes. It's about someone who still hasn't really gotten over the break-up of a relationship. The line "I'm not sure just how I feel right now or if I'll be all right" was the first thing that came to my mind and the rest of the song was easy to write after that.


JUST ONE MORE DAY
(2011)

This song was written as a tribute to the 10-year anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001. Although there is no mention of New York or the World Trade Center in the lyrics so that it can be interpreted by anyone in their own way, the song was written with those feelings in mind and is dedicated to all the victims, families and friends of the attacks. I originally hoped to have a choir sing on certain parts of the song and I wrote the chord structure and melody with that intention, although I never actually was able to get the choir.


LAST WISH
(2015)

I remember coming up with the opening piano riff for this song immediately after sitting down at the piano one day. It was the first thing I played that morning and I thought it was beautiful but I had no idea where it was coming from. That was all I had for many months. It became a little piece I would play as a warm up sometimes but never developed into a song for the longest time. Then one day I sat down and the concept for the song came to me while I was playing. As I was humming and playing, all of the rest of the chords and melodies flowed out effortlessly. The concept is about someone who knows they are about to die due to a tragic error or mistake on their part and they are alone. I pictured two scenarios in my mind... accidentally driving off a cliff, or being a pilot in a plane that is about to crash. The person is making one final wish that they could somehow have more time to live so they can say goodbye to their loved ones. He/she doesn't want them to suffer for his mistake even though he knows it will happen anyway. It is a sad song and I felt a very close-to-home kind of sadness the whole time I was writing it. About 30 seconds after I wrote the last verse which completed the song, I got online and discovered that the father of 3 sisters who are all friends of mine had just died. I knew him and he was also a fan of my music. So I decided to dedicate this song to the Hoehn family.


LATE LOVE
(2010)

This is an R&B song written about a relationship that seems to be in limbo. The main character in the song is hoping to eventually secure the relationship and is willing to wait as long as it takes because "love is better late than not at all" as is said in the lyrics. This is one of my favorite songs that I've written. It was almost entirely composed on piano in sections over 3 days.


LET ME LOVE YOU
(2013)

I wanted this song to have a romantic, slow R&B flavor to it. I pictured a couple having a candle-lit dinner and then slow-dancing to a song on the radio. With that thought in mind, I wrote this song. The main character in this song is very much in love with someone who still is not ready to give her heart away. He just wants her to let him love her the way she deserves. The whole song was written in about 2 hours on piano. Music first, lyrics last.


LETTING YOU GO
(2007)

This is a Rock/R&B song about someone ready to put an end to a bad relationship and is very determined and confident about his/her own ability to be self-sufficient. I love to play this song on keyboard as a warm up in the studio as it is one of my favorite songs that I've written. I used both guitar and piano to compose the main body of the song in about 2 hours and then wrote the lyrics the next day.


LONELINESS WON'T LAST
(2015)

I wrote this song with a message of hope and survival. The basic story is about the heartache that can happen in life with failed relationships. But there is always hope for the future and a life of happiness. I wrote the first initial melody and lyrical ideas with the piano and then finished it all on acoustic guitar in about 3 hours.


LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
(2006)

I wrote this song about my idea of two people who are friends first but aren't sure if they should also be in a romantic relationship together. The "love" that the title refers to is more of a deep friendship love than a romantic love. I used both guitar and piano to compose the song over the course of 2 or 3 days.


LOVE IN SEASON
(2012)

This song has a very latin sound to it. It was written entirely on piano in about a week's time. The lyrics were finished several days after the music was finished. When the idea for this song popped into my head one day, it was difficult for me to begin writing it because I could tell it was going to have a lot of parts to it. There are many instruments that are playing different things at the same time. I wrote separate parts for vibraphone, trumpets, piano, bass, multiple layers of percussion, drums, guitar and vocal harmonies. The metaphor used in this song was to relate the seasons to love. Each season has it's own characteristics and attributes as does love or relationships. But through it all, we will always have seasons just as we will always have love. This is another one of my personal favorite songs.


LOVE'S OPEN DOOR
(2011)

I composed the body of this song on piano one afternoon. The main character is perhaps a well-known person in the media and has found someone he/she is interested in romantically. The story is about the courting stage of their relationship. Many celebrities have had their love lives revealed through magazines or news programs so I felt this was an interesting concept to write about although the main character doesn't necessarily have to be famous.


LULLABY
(2016)

This song began as a silly little tune I was singing to my cat Spike along with random silly lyrics to go with the melody one night as a lullaby to him. But I realized I liked the melody a lot so I turned it into a real lullaby. It was written on acoustic guitar.


MAKE IT LAST
(2011)

This song has a "use it while you got it" message to it. The lyrics talk about the more frustrating or superficial things about living a life of fame. But also how great it can be when you're "on top" so-to-speak. I began writing this song in 2004 and it stayed in a rough demo form until I finished writing it 7 years later. It was completely written on guitar. The lyrics were finished the day after all of the melodies and chords were finished.


MAN ON THE MOON
(2009)

I wrote this song as a tribute to Michael Jackson, his fans and his family. As a huge and devoted fan of Michael Jackson since I was a child, I felt naturally moved to write this song. All of the melodies and chords were written entirely on piano in about 15 minutes and I wrote the lyrics about 10 minutes later. I feel this is one of the best and emotionally powerful songs I've ever written.


MAYBE, MAYBE NOT
(2012)

I came up with the initial idea for this song in 2002 and made a very quick, unfinished demo of it at that time. Over the next ten years I always wanted to re-work this song and finish it but the timing was never right for it. It was always missing the right groove. Then in January of 2012 I was playing around with the different drum programs on my keyboard and came up with the beat that ended up being used for this song. Once I had that, the rest of the song came together very quickly. The final result sounds completely different than the original demo and most of the lyrics needed to be re-written. It took about 2 days to finish all the new music and lyrics for this song using both guitar and keyboard to compose with.


MERCY
(2016)

This song was written as if it was a short movie script about the mafia or any other similar organization. The protagonist is someone who has decided to leave the business and is now on the run for his life. He is hoping that they will show him mercy when they ultimately find him. The whole song was composed on acoustic guitar in about an hour. Music and melodies first, lyrics last.


MIRACLE
(2015)

I wrote this song entirely on keyboard. The music, melodies, chords and arrangement were all completed in about 15 minutes and the lyrics were written within the hour. It's a song about appreciating and recognizing true love.


MISERY LOVES COMPANY
(2014)

This song is basically about not giving in to the negativity that exists in the world and to focus instead on the positive. The idea that negativity breeds more negativity and that positivity leads to more positivity. I wrote the whole song very quickly on acoustic guitar in about 20 minutes. The lyrics were finished after I wrote the melodies.


MISLED
(2008)

This song targets the tabloid media and how they print up complete lies to sell their papers. Another way it could be interpreted is as anyone who is the victim of a lie or conspiracy and is trying to clear their name. I wrote the whole song in about an hour on piano.


MOTHER NATURE'S CHILDREN
(2014)

This song was written very quickly on acoustic guitar in less than 10 minutes. When I was writing it, the words "Mother Nature's Children, come back to Heaven..." just came out and I did not know what it meant. The lyrics were all written simply by singing arbitrary words in free-form style while I was writing and they all became the final lyrics. My lyrics rarely ever happen that fast so this was very exciting for me. Even after the whole song was written, I still wasn't exactly sure what I meant by it. So I decided to leave it up to the listeners to put their own meaning to it. Now, I have come to believe that the song is about faith in humanity. We all live on this same planet and need to try to do our best for ourselves, each other, and the environment. The "Heaven" in the lyrics I think refers to Heaven-on-Earth. It's one of my favorite songs that I've written.


MUSHROOMS
(2008)

I wrote this song when I was ten years old. At that time, I was only a drummer and could not play guitar or piano so I sang the lyrics with an arbitrary melody into a tape recorder and saved it for 15 years. This was one of about 8 other songs that I sang into the tape recorder that never ended up being used. When I decided to finish writing this song completely, I used the original tape recording as a guide and kept all the same lyrics. I then constructed a brand new melody and wrote the music around it. There are very few times when I write music to lyrics and this is one of those rare exceptions. The title is used as a metaphor for deception. The message of the song is basically saying "don't get taken for a ride" and is not about any substances at all. It was written with an innocent mentality.


MY HEART WILL FIND A WAY
(2009)

I wrote this song with the intentions of it being completely sung acappella. I used an acoustic guitar to compose the melody and then recorded it in 4-part harmony with each vocal part double-tracked. It is a hopeful song about the power of love and courage overcoming any obstacle.


MY PROMISE TO YOU
(2008)

This song was written as a tribute to both my grandmother Elizabeth Souder and my grandfather Tom Souder. The lyrics are written in a way that it can be interpreted in many ways by the listener. But I was inspired to write it after my grandmother passed away in December of 2007. It is a "beyond-the-grave" type of song where the main character is speaking to his/her widowed spouse and saying that it is okay to move on and find love again. This is one of my most emotional songs and I'm very proud of the overall composition. Both guitar and piano were used to write it over the period of several weeks.


NEVER LOOKING BACK
(2014)

This is a song about pure determination and the will to succeed regardless of whatever gets in the way. Leaving the past behind and moving forward. But always remaining happy and positive throughout everything. I wrote it on both guitar and piano in 2 days. Music first and lyrics last.


NO ESCAPE
(2005)

Here is a song about a relationship where the woman has some kind of psychological or emotional hold over the man which keeps him at her beck-and-call at all times. He is unable to escape her grasp for some reason due to her psychological manipulation of his emotions. I wrote the main body of the song entirely on piano in about an hour and the lyrics were written the next day. There is no particular event or person that inspired the characters in this song but the idea came to me in a flash one day and seemed like a great idea to write about.


NO MORE PAIN
(2012)

This is one of my favorite songs that I've written. It's a very tender song about the cycle of life. How all things that are in existence now will one day no longer be here. It is not meant to be a doom-and-gloom song but rather a song about cherishing the life we have, our family and friends and to appreciate nature. It was written on both guitar and piano in about an hour. Music first, lyrics last.


NOBODY HERE BUT US
(2015)

This is another song that was written very quickly. All of the melody, music, arrangement and lyrics were composed in about 10 minutes. I had been working all day in the studio recording music and it was very late at night, probably around 3am. So I laid down on the couch and was just about to fall asleep when I heard this song in my head. I was very exhausted and could hardly move, but I picked up the guitar and began instantly composing this song. As tired as I was I still knew that I needed to record a demo of it so it wouldn't be lost forever. So I turned on my little recorder and played and sang the song and then went to sleep. There were only a few lyrics that I changed later when I went to record it.


NOT ANYMORE
(2016)

This is kind of an angry blues song about a breakup. The protaganist discovers he's being cheated on and decides to end the relationship. I wrote this song on guitar. Music first, lyrics last.


NOT MEANT TO BE
(2011)

I believe this song shows the main character reflecting back on his/her youth and wondering if they made the right life/career decisions and if they're in the right place in their life. It could also be in the form of a dream. Or even an "afterlife" statement as is revealed in the last verse "When I was alive, I really had everything". The word "alive" could also be a metaphorical reference to a successful career that has ended.


NOT SO BLIND
(2012)

This song is about seeing past the superficial things in the world. Certain things in advertising, media, politics, and many other things can be ambiguous or disguised in a way to mislead people. Those were the thoughts I had in mind while writing this song. I played and sang it live in the studio with no overdubs. It was written in about 3 hours entirely on keyboard. Music and melodies first, lyrics last.


NOTHING WRONG
(2016)

This is a song about self-acceptance, self-discovery and finding one's true identity. I wrote it all on acoustic guitar. Music and melodies first, lyrics last.


NOW I'LL SLEEP
(2012)

This song was written to be both a country song and a blues song. I wrote it mainly on piano in about an hour in sections. The music and melodies were all composed first on one day in about 30 minutes and the next day I finished the lyrics. It's a reflective-type song about a person's past and where they are going in their life. The main character seems to have lived a rather rough life and is getting older and ready to "sleep" which could mean retire or change their lifestyle or maybe even die.


NOW IT'S FOREVER
(2008)

This is a blues song I wrote in about 20 minutes on acoustic guitar. It's about how fast life can change with just one choice, word, or action. Some of those changes aren't always a good thing. The title refers to something that has happened quickly to change a person's life and now it's going to stay with them for the rest of their life.


OFF THE GRID
(2016)

This is a song that can be taken literally or metaphorically. It can be about leaving all of the "modern world" behind and just retreating to somewhere to live off the land away from everyone. Or it can more conceptual/spiritual about cleansing the soul. I wrote it all on acoustic guitar. Music and melodies first, lyrics last.


OH STRANGER
(2007)

This is one of my favorite songs that I've written. The common theme is "fire" which is a metaphor for lust and passion. Many different situations can be applied to this song such as a one-night-stand or any kind of romantic relationship. But my idea when writing the song was leaning more towards the one-night-stand approach. There are many fast chord changes in the intro, outro and refrains which signifies flames in a burning fire. It took about 3 days to compose the main body of the song on acoustic guitar in sections and the lyrics were written the same day that I finished writing the chord progression.


ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF DARKNESS
(2015)

I wrote the majority of this song while walking through a local park. The melodies all came to me at once and I just started singing to myself random lyrics just to establish the melody for myself. Once I got back home, I finished the rest of the chords and lyrics in about an hour on piano. It's a song of hope. Trying to find the good in every situation. Even at the lowest points in our lives, there is still a reason to smile if we look hard enough. That is the message I was saying in this song.


ON THE STAGE
(2014)

This is a song about the life of a traveling musician. It follows him through the traveling, the hotel rooms, and actually being on the stage. I wanted to place the listeners actually inside the mind of this character so they could really feel what it's like to be on the stage in front of thousands of people, riding on the tour bus, and finally having a bed to sleep in after many days of traveling. It's one of my favorite songs that I've written. Although it is not actually about my life, I have experienced some elements of the story.


ONE DAY
(2014)

I wrote this song with the concept that anything can change in one day. All it takes is one day to decide to do something for good or for bad. World-changing events can happen from one day to the next. And it is up to each person individually to decide what kind of choice to make. The song was written over a period of about 3 days in sections. The music and melodies all were written first rather quickly in about 20 minutes on acoustic guitar and then the lyrics were finished over the next few days.


ONE MOMENT IN TIME
(2013)

I was inspired to write this style of song after hearing several tracks from Paul McCartney's 2012 jazz album "Kisses On The Bottom". That soft jazzy sound is what I loved about that album and I wanted to do a song like that. This song is basically about treasuring every moment in life whether it is good or bad. Every moment is special and cannot ever come again. The music and melodies were written in about an hour on piano and then I wrote the lyrics later over a period of several days.


ONE MORE FACE
(2012)

I wrote this song over a period of 2 days on guitar. The melody and chords were written first and the lyrics were written about an hour later. The main character in this song seems to be someone who has lost a lot of hope for their lives. They may be depressed or even maybe even considering suicide. Someone close to them is telling them that their life is worth living and that they are not just "one more face in the crowd". That was the main idea I had while writing this song. I played and sang this song live in the studio with no overdubs for the recording.


ONE STEP AHEAD
(2007)

I originally intended this song to be a duet between me and my Nashville buddy Bryan Wain. He has a significantly lower voice than mine and the second and fourth verses were intended to be for him to sing as is indicated by the key modulation from the first and third verses. I wrote it as a pop/rock ballad but it became more of an R&B/Bossa Nova type of song when I ended up recording it by myself without Bryan. The story is about the frustrations of life and how it can be very hard to ever get ahead. I used both guitar and piano to compose this song over the course of a week. Melody and chords first, lyrics last.


ONE VOICE
(2012)

This is my tribute song to Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees. Robin along with his twin brother Maurice and older brother Barry have been hugely influential to me in my songwriting and producing career. It took me over a month to be able to write this song due to the overwhelming impact Robin's death had on me. This is my first totally classical piece that I've written. I wrote an entire orchestral backing track which features oboe, timpani, violins, harp, vibraphone, tuba, trumpets and one lead vocal track. I played all of the parts on keyboard. I decided to make this a classical song as a nod to Robin's final solo album "Titanic Requiem" which was released just a few weeks before he died and is a completely classical album.


ONLY AS GOOD AS THE CROWD
(2012)

This song was written to be a jazzed up blues song. The music was loosely inspired by Jim Croce's "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown". The storyline deals with the importance of the fans of an artist and how the fans are really the ones who determine their success. I wrote it in sections on both guitar and piano over a two-day period. Music and melody first, lyrics last.


OUT OF TUNE
(2008)

The musical concept of "out of tune" metaphorically is applied to a romantic relationship in this song. Or it could simply mean something is out of balance. But in this case, I was writing about two people who had drifted apart and the main character really wants to get back together again. The whole song was composed on piano in about 20 minutes. Melody and chords first, lyrics last.


OUT ON YOUR OWN
(2009)

I wrote this song very quickly one night about a man who realizes that his wife or girlfriend is ready to move on from the relationship because he has nothing more to offer her. He knows and understands this and is wishing her well. The whole song was composed on acoustic guitar in about 30 minutes.


OUT THE DOOR
(2012)

I wanted this song to sound like an old blues song recorded in the 1940's. The chord progression is a simple descending 4-chord chromatic walk-down that repeats throughout the entire song. It was written in about 20 minutes on piano. The melody was written first very quickly and the lyrics shortly after that.


OVER YOU
(2008)

This song was written as a fast rock song but ultimately became an acoustic song with no rhythm section on the recording. It's very straight forward about someone who has finally gotten over a love interest. I really love how the chord progression is structured in such a way as to make the key modulations very subtle. I'm also very proud of the lyrical content. The story is not based on any particular person or situation but the concept is very universal. Most people can probably relate to this song on some level. It was written on acoustic guitar in about 2 hours.


OVERSEAS
(2008)

I wrote this song as a tribute to the men and women serving in the military overseas. The melody and chords were composed on both piano and guitar in about an hour and the lyrics were written in sections over 3 days. Parts of the song show the main character in battle but still keeping his family in his heart and taking the time to read the letters they send even though 99% of his time is taken up by his various service duties.


PERMANENTLY ENGAGED
(2014)

I had the title of this song along with the melody and first half of the chorus in mind since 2004. But that was all I had until I finished writing it 9 years later. It's a comical country song in the same vein as another of my country songs called "Her Next Fling". Two people get engaged but never do anything about it. Never get married and perhaps don't even live with each other. It's a light-hearted song with a story that is not meant to be taken too seriously. It's just pure fun.


PHOBIA
(2006)

This is my suspenseful psychological song about fear and paranoia. I put myself into a scared emotional state to write this song and it became a very intense emotional experience. I tried to remember every situation in my life that made me feel scared and also created make-believe situations in my head to give the song the authenticity that it needed to have. There is no melody in this song and thus the lyrics are in rap-style. The music revolves around just one minor chord and one bass note. I didn't want to complicate the music too much to where it would take away from the message of the lyrics. It was written entirely on keyboard in about an hour.


PLASTIC
(2011)

This song began as a title. I was originally thinking of the financial devastation that credit cards can cause a person and so the term "plastic money" was originally what I was thinking about. Slowly I began to think of the word "plastic" in the metaphorical sense regarding anything superficial or fake. I believe a lot of what is seen on television and printed in the newspapers is very plastic and superficial. Including how many people relate to each other. Those are the thoughts I used to compose this song. I initially began writing it in 2002 and it stayed in an incomplete rough demo form for 9 years until I decided to finish it in 2011.


POISONOUS
(2005)

This song is about the dark sides of life. It could be anything the listener wants to apply it to such as drugs, gambling, alcohol, crime, etc. I wrote all the music and melody on piano in sections over 2 or 3 days. The lyrics were written about a week after that. My idea for the music was for it to be almost a classical piece. The intro is many layers of keyboard strings and synthesizer tracks to simulate an electronic orchestra.


PRETTY BIRD
(2016)

I wrote this song while playing piano one afternoon while it was lightly raining outside and I had the windows open. I looked out and saw what I thought was a bird sitting on a tree branch in the rain and I just started playing and singing the first things that came to mind. I wrote nearly the entire song in 5 minutes this way. After I finished playing, I got up and went over to the window and noticed it wasn't a bird but just an irregular shaped leaf that just happened to look like a bird. A nice song came from it anyway!


PRIVATE NUMBER
(2009)

The main character in this song is a "player". Someone who is a womanizer and has many sexual encounters with different women. I don't think he should be classified as a chauvinist but he simply doesn't ever commit to anyone. Apparently he is quite happy with his ways and has no intention of stopping. He tells each new woman that he will give her his private number that only she will have, when in fact he has given that number out to many women. I was very proud of the way the lyrics were written in this song. The main character is not someone I know personally nor does it describe my own life. But I'm sure there are many people, both male and female, who fit the description. The song was written on both piano and acoustic guitar in about 15-30 minutes.


PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD
(2016)

This is a song of optimism. Rising to the occasion. Continuing to try even when it is very difficult. I wrote it all on acoustic guitar. Music and melody first, lyrics last.


READY FOR THE WORLD
(2008)

This song is about progressing to bigger and better things in life. Perhaps one goal has been reached and now it's time to move on to the next goal. It has a positive and uplifting message. I composed the song on both piano and guitar in about 3 hours one night. Music and melody first, lyrics last.


REAL LIFE
(2011)

This song directly targets the paparazzi and tabloid media and calls them out on the lies, rumors and false news they report as being the truth. I started writing it in 2002 and it stayed in a rough demo form with unfinished lyrics for 9 years until I decided to re-write and re-record it in 2011. It was written entirely on keyboard.


REFLECTION
(2014)

The chords and melody for this song were written around one guitar riff that repeats throughout the entire song. I found which notes I was playing and constructed a chord progression that went well with it. What I feel this song is about is self-observation and soul-searching. Trying to discover who we are deep down. It was written in about 3 days on guitar. Music first, lyrics last.


REGRET
(2015)

This is a song about self-forgiveness and finding the strength to forgive yourself for something. The regret is there and the only way to move on in life is to find the way to peace-of-mind again. It may involve an apology or perhaps harsher consequences. But it ultimately will lead to a clear conscious. I wrote the whole song in about 30 minutes on acoustic guitar. The melodies were written first and the lyrics written just a few minutes later.


RELAX
(2008)

This was originally just an instrumental piece I wrote in 2003 on piano and would occasionally play it to myself for fun. It always felt very relaxing to play or listen to it. The melody was already part of the piano part and I finally wrote lyrics to it 5 years later in the same emotional tone as the music.


RIGHT HERE AND NOW
(2013)

This song was written on piano in about 30 minutes. I set the keyboard to the clavinet sound which was inspired by many songs on Stevie Wonder's 1973 album "Innervisions". It's basically about a man (or perhaps a woman) who discovers that his significant other has been cheating on him and he is letting her know that he is leaving her.


RIGHT HERE IN MY SOUL
(2008)

I've always felt that this song is about escaping from the troubles of the world and finding peace in solitude. The main character is saying that he/she needs to be alone at the moment but will return soon to his/her friends and family. I think everyone can relate to this at some time in their life. I composed the song both on guitar and piano in sections. The music and melody were written first and the lyrics were written several days later.


'ROUND THE TABLE
(2012)

This is just a silly fun song about food! The section that has all the various foods sung in a fast sequence was mostly written when I was still in high school. I had about half of it completely written and memorized for over 10 years before turning into an actual song. I decided to make the rest of the story about a Thanksgiving get-together (or any other holiday where many family members might get together for dinner) and then added many more foods to my already-memorized list. The tempo and time signature changes in the second half of the song to add a more comical feel to the song. The music was taken from another song I started writing in 2002 but never finished. I just applied a new melody and wrote the lyrics around it to complete this song.


SACRIFICE
(2016)

This song is about someone who is looking for the ultimate sacrifice to make in order to win the heart of the person he loves. Something to really prove his love. I wrote the entire song with the acoustic guitar. Music and melodies first, lyrics last.


SACRIFICE OF LOVE
(2007)

This song is about someone who is upset about a relationship that has ended and is basically saying that the one who left him has thrown away something great that they had together. I originally wrote this song as a fast rock song but later turned it into a slow R&B ballad with a hard beat and moog bass. This is one of my favorite songs that I've written. It was composed on guitar initially as a rock song and then altered slightly with the aid of the piano after it became an R&B song. The lyrics were written about a week after the music was finished.


SECRETS
(2005)

I wrote this song on both piano and acoustic guitar in sections over a 2-week period. The main melody and chord structure was actually composed in about 30 minutes but I tweaked the individual chords themselves repeatedly until they worked to give the sound I wanted such as making some chords a 7th or an augmented, and so forth. The story is about a guy who discovers he is being cheated on and is wondering how many other secrets are being kept from him. Although the main character is male, it could be applied to a female in the same way depending on the listener. The line "You say you're here, but you're there. Behind the mask that you wear, what other secrets are you keeping from me..." is what the whole song was based on.


SHOULD I
(2014)

The story in this song is about someone who is questioning themselves on whether or not they should commit to a relationship. The beginning of the song starts out with them unsure and by the end of the song they have decided that they will commit. I wrote it entirely on acoustic guitar in about 30 minutes. The melody and chords were first and the lyrics last.


SHOW YOU THE WAY
(2006)

I feel this song is about the main character trying to deal with someone who is very spoiled and has had everything handed to them in their life. This particular person may be a family member, friend or significant other to the main character. He/she is basically telling the person to grow up and act mature. The whole song was written on guitar in about 20 minutes. Music and melody first, lyrics last.


SILLY BOY
(2014)

This is an apologetic song about someone trying to make amends with their love interest. He/she is genuinely sincere and can only hope the other person is willing to forgive them. I wrote it on both guitar and piano in about 45 minutes. All of the music was written first and the lyrics last.


SINS
(2008)

This song was inspired by the hit television show "The Shield". I wrote it with the hopes that I could somehow get the song in the show. It's about corruption in any form and can be interpreted to fit many different situations depending on the individual listener. I composed all of the music on piano in about 20 minutes and wrote the lyrics a few days later.


SIX FEET UNDER
(2008)

This song is a dirge that began with the title. It metaphorically refers to depression and sadness. I wrote an unfinished piece of it on piano in 2001 in about 15 minutes and it stayed in rough demo form until I finished writing and recording it in 2008.


SLOW MOTION
(2016)

The idea for this song came to me in 2012 but I didn't finish writing it for another 4 years. It started as a title along with the melody and partial chorus lyrics. Essentially I stopped working on the song because it wasn't developing in my mind for one reason or another. It wasn't until I was looking through some old notes and found the bit of lyrics and other ideas for this song that I jotted down for myself that I set to finish writing it. I remembered the original melody and within 2 days I had finished writing the entire song using both guitar and piano. The story is about someone who can't seem to get ahead in life and is perpetually frustrated by it.


SMILE EVERYDAY
(2006)

I wrote this song on acoustic guitar. The melody and chords were composed in about an hour and then tweaked a bit over several days. The lyrics were written a few days later. I regularly perform this song live and it has become one of my most popular songs. It is simply about being optimistic and positive about life and to remember to smile everyday.


SOMEDAY
(2005)

This song was inspired by the war in Iraq as well as the consistent negative news reports from around the world in all aspects of life. The message is saying we need to focus on love and positivity or else we won't survive much longer. I composed the music on piano in about an hour and wrote the lyrics the next day.


SOMEONE SPECIAL
(2013)

This song is about any special "someone" in a person's life. It could be a special friend, lover, relative, pet or anyone else the listener chooses. I kept the production simple with just a piano, vocal and orchestral strings in the background. I began writing it on piano but finished the majority of it on guitar. The whole song took about 3 hours to write. Music first, lyrics last.


SOMETHING
(2016)

This is a song about the powerful yet unexplainable feelings that can take over a person with regards to attraction, lust and love. It was written entirely with acoustic guitar. Music and melody first, lyrics last.


SOMETHING MORE IMPORTANT
(2008)

I wrote this song in sections over the course of a week on acoustic guitar. It's about a guy who is desperately trying to maintain a committed relationship with someone who always seems to have something more important to do other than spend time with him. The gender roles could also be reversed depending on the listener's interpretation. There is no particular person or situation this song is based on. Just a universal concept.


STAND UP SHOUT OUT
(2008)

This song is about determination and confidence in one's own abilities. Not to the point of being cocky but just the sheer will to succeed. It was written in about an hour on piano. Music first, lyrics last.


STANDING ALL ALONE
(2008)

This song was composed in about an hour entirely on piano. The story is just about someone going through a tough time in their life. Could be about a breakup or any other type of loss. There is an element of hope that comes through in the last verse.


STAY ALL NIGHT
(2008)

This is a pretty straight-forward song about a young love or lust. The guy is trying to persuade the girl to stay with him overnight and she is very nervous about it. The opening line "You've been worried what you're mama might think about you being with me. But your mama, she ain't here right now. And this is where you should be..." was the first lyrical idea I had after I composed the melody. The song actually began with just the title and was written both on guitar and piano in 2 or 3 hours.


STAY AROUND WITH ME
(2016)

The idea for this song began as just a simple guitar riff. I wrote the entire song on acoustic guitar in 2 writing session about 17 months apart. I composed all of the chord structure and melodies in the first session and finished the lyrics in the second session. The story is about 2 people who can be happy just being together regardless of what other hardships may be happening in their lives.


STAY AWAY
(2008)

I wrote this song very quickly on guitar one night in about 20 minutes. It's about a guy telling another guy to stay away from his girlfriend or wife. Pretty straight-forward concept that most people can relate to, I think.


STEALER OF HEARTS
(2007)

This is a favorite song of mine and my friends and family. It's about someone who uses the front of a romantic relationship to satisfy their own needs from someone and then disregards them just as quickly as they found them. The main character is someone who has been a victim of their cold-hearted ways and warns that "the next man you hurt just might return the favor".


STILL MY LOVE
(2015)

This is a bluesy song I wrote on keyboard in about 2 hours. I was just jamming in the studio and this song started playing itself under my fingers. So I started singing along and the melodies were composed then. The lyrics were written immediately after.


STRANGER
(2014)

I wrote this song with the idea of a person who got involved with an organized crime business and then decides to get out because of the terrible things he or she has witnessed. Then having to go into hiding from the hit men sent after him to make sure he doesn't talk to the police. It was written on acoustic guitar in about an hour. Music and melody first, lyrics last.


STRUGGLING
(2016)

I wrote this song on keyboard over several different writing sessions. It evolved dramatically from how I initially started it. It began as a fast pop song and slowly became a droning ballad with orchestral production. The concept is about the difficulties of making ends meet. How some people work hard for little pay and can barely support themselves or their families. This is an unfortunate yet common thing in the world so I wrote a song about it.


SURVIVAL
(2014)

I approached the writing of this song as if I were writing an apocalyptic or end-of-the-world type movie script. Imagining if there were no more laws or government and resources were scarce... how far would/could a person go to survive everyday. It was an interesting thought and so I wrote the song about it. I don't necessarily believe that will happen to the world. But it could. It's also a song about the human spirit and will. It was written in about 30 minutes on guitar. Music first, lyrics last.


TAKE YOU HOME
(2014)

The story in this song is about a guy and a girl who have both known each other for a long time but never really talked or became friends. I picture them as being college students together. The guy has always had a "thing" for the girl and dreamed of how they could be together one day. The song developed over several days with the music and melodies being constructed first and the lyrics last. It was written on both acoustic guitar and piano.


THAT'S HOW I FEEL
(2009)

This is a fun song about being carefree and limitless. I pictured someone who works very hard at their job and finally gets a vacation away from the stress of life and wants to forget about everything for a little while. It was written on both piano and guitar in about an hour. I recorded a rough demo of it in 2002 which was never released. Seven years later I re-wrote some of the verses and made a new recording which was released in 2009.


THE ANSWER
(2015)

This is one of my favorite songs that I have written. I love the concept of the story. It's about realizing that we all are connected on Earth and are traveling on the same journey around the sun together. It also addresses the many questions humans have had for thousands of years about the meaning of life and is there something else after death and if there is a God and so forth. The message in this song is that the "answer" is that we don't need to know the answer because we all are here and will eventually find out one way or the other. And to be loving and caring for each other in the time that we are given. I wrote the whole song on acoustic guitar in about an hour. All the music and melodies were written first and then the lyrics last.


THE BEGINNING
(2016)

This is a song about the uncertainties of life. The end of one thing is the beginning of another. It's also a message of peace and unity. I wrote all of the music and melodies on piano very quickly. And the lyrics were written with the acoustic guitar just afterwards. The whole song took about 15 minutes to compose completely.


THE BEST
(2009)

I wrote this as a fast 2-beat country song which was inspired by my Nashville friend Bryan Wain. It's a simple song about a guy who is in love with a girl and is asking for her hand in marriage. It was written in sections over 2 days on guitar. Music first, lyrics last.


THE LAST ONE
(2016)

I wrote this song on acoustic guitar. The melody, chord structure and most of the lyrics were composed in two 20-minute writing sessions. The rest of the lyrics were composed over a year later when I decided to record the song. It's a simple love song about wanting to be the last "one" for each other in a relationship.


THE LOVE WE KNEW BEFORE
(2012)

This song was inspired by the original Mississippi delta blues players of the 30's and 40's. It was also loosely inspired by Tom Petty's "Breakdown" musically. It's basically about a man/woman who has lost their love interest but is hopeful they will eventually get back together again.


THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT
(2016)

This song went through many changes before I recorded it. It began as a very happy and uplifting song. But it evolved into a dark kind of spooky Halloween-type song as I continued writing it. It's a metaphorical message about the inner demons most of us have and how we have to learn to deal with them. I wrote it all on acoustic guitar. Music and melodies first, lyrics last.


THE MORNING AFTER
(2016)

This song is about two very close friends who have known each other since being children. But after one romantic night of passion together they become afraid of how it may have hurt their friendship. Most of this song was written on piano. Some sections were composed with the acoustic guitar. Music and melodies first, lyrics last.


THE MYSTERY OF LOVE
(2014)

I had an orchestral sound in my mind while writing this song. The concept of the song is about how the feelings of love can be so different in many ways and being unsure of where it comes from. But it's something we all experience. I think it's a very beautiful song that I really love. I wrote it on both acoustic guitar and piano in a few hours. The music and melodies were composed first and then I wrote the lyrics.


THE NIGHT STALKER
(2015)

This song was composed entirely on acoustic guitar in 5 minutes. It all came to me while I was 99% asleep after a long day in the studio. The whole story idea, characters, melody, music and arrangement all came to me at once. So I forced myself to get up, get the acoustic guitar and turn the recorder on to capture all of the idea I had right then. I played and sang the entire song right then all the way through and then immediately fell asleep. Many weeks later, I found out that there was an actual serial killer dubbed "The Night Stalker" as well as a TV show in the 70's by the same name. But I did not know about either of those things before I wrote the song and it has nothing to do with either. The story and characters in this song are similar to another song I wrote called "Witness".


THERE'S ALWAYS SOMETHING
(2008)

This song began with the title. It's a common phrase many people say when things seem bad in life. I wanted to put a positive spin on it rather than a negative one. Instead of saying there's always something bad happening, I wanted to say there's always something good happening. The music was composed with those thoughts in mind. I wrote most of this song in my backyard one afternoon. After I finished writing all the melodies, the first lyric idea I had was "with you there's always something to make me smile..." which was a line I'd had in my mind for several days anyway. It was written entirely on guitar in about 2 hours. Music first, lyrics last.


THICKER THAN BLOOD
(2016)

This song is about any group or organization of people who have such strong loyalty and closeness that nothing could ever break it. I was likely inspired to write this song after hearing about the internet group "Anonymous" in the news. The lyrics imply that the group/organization is an outlaw type of group. Perhaps computer hackers or maybe something more criminally inclined. But I left it vague to allow the listener to make it whatever they want. I wrote this song very quickly all on piano. The music and melodies were composed immediately while I was playing one day in the studio. The first thing I played became the body of the song. The lyrics were written several days later.


THINK TWICE
(2016)

This is a song about thinking things through before doing something that might lead to regrets later. I wrote it all on acoustic guitar. Music first, lyrics last.


THIS ENDLESS LOVE
(2006)

Originally I wrote this song to be a duet between a man and a women in the same vein as songs like "Islands In The Stream" or "Leather And Lace". I ultimately recorded it myself when the singers that were going to sing it ended up not being able to do it for various reasons. It was written on both guitar and piano in about 30 minutes. Music and melody first, lyrics last.


THIS ISN'T LOVE
(2005)

The music and melodies of this song were composed on both piano and guitar in about an hour and the lyrics were written afterwards in sections over the course of a week. It is about a superficial relationship that is ending. I think the main idea is that the relationship was based on lust rather than love, hence the title of the song.


THROUGH MY EYES
(2016)

This song was written in about an hour on acoustic guitar. It's about seeing the positive in every situation. Handing hardships and negativity in a mature manner and seeing the good in the world. It's one of my favorite songs that I've written.


THROUGH THE STORM
(2012)

I wrote this song in about 5 minutes one morning on acoustic guitar. It all just came together very fast. The lyrics were written almost immediately after the melody was finished. It's really just about how everyone wants to know they have a place to go if they feel lonely. Or to know that they are safe. The first idea that came to me to start writing this song was the line "all we really need is shelter from the weather through the storm" and that really became the basis for the whole song. When I recorded it, I played and sang it live in the studio without overdubbing.


TILL THE END OF TIME
(2014)

I wrote this song about someone, probably a man, who is attracted to a woman and wishes to further the relationship. But there is a twist in that he still has control of his emotions. By the end of the song, he reveals that he is more-than-willing to let her go if she does not reciprocate his affection. He may be someone who has been through many relationships in the past and is no longer blinded by the feelings. The whole song was written on piano in about 2 hours. The music and melodies in the first hour and the lyrics followed last.


TIME
(2009)

I composed all of the music for this song on guitar in only about 15 minutes. The lyrics were written the same day a few hours later. The chord structure really made me feel like it should be recorded with a Caribbean-style rhythm track. There are many percussion instruments layered on the final recording. I also wrote a very precise bass guitar part to go along with the groove. This song always makes me think of beach or the Caribbean islands. Or perhaps just a cruise vacation. It's about the idea of having all the time in the world to do anything at all. It's a very peaceful kind of song.


TIME TO SAY GOODBYE
(2006)

This song is about saying goodbye to a close friend or relative that has passed away. Although it could be interpreted differently depending on the listener, that is how I wrote it. It was initially inspired by the passing of one of my childhood cats, Paco. It was written entirely on piano in about an hour. Melody first, lyrics last.


TIRED OF YOUR GAMES
(2010)

The idea for this song came to me one day while I was mowing the lawn. The melody and the lyrics "I'm tired of your games. I'm tired of you fooling around. I'm tired of your games. And I'll search for what I haven't found..." appeared to me instantly in a flash and I started singing it to myself as I cut the grass. My first thought was that I wanted it to be sung in the style of Eric Clapton the way he sang many of the tracks on his album "From The Cradle". The story is about a guy who is putting an end to a stale relationship due to the girl either fooling around on him or simply not being there at all for him. The gender roles could be reversed depending on the listener's interpretation. The body of the song was composed mainly on guitar in about 30 minutes.


TOO LATE
(2015)

This song is about making peace with someone before they pass away. While I was writing it, I viewed the characters as being two brothers who never got along with each other. Now they are older, possibly elderly and one of them is terminally ill with only a few days or hours to live. The other brother is fighting with himself inside to find the strength to make peace with his brother before he dies. This is just my thoughts about the characters but it really could be about anyone in a similar situation. The message in this song is to value the time we have and the people who are in our lives as best as we can. I wrote it all on acoustic guitar in two separate writing sessions a month apart that were each about an hour long. Music and melodies first, lyrics last.


TRUE LOVE
(2013)

This song was inspired by the Latin style of Stevie Wonder's 1973 hit "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing". It's about a relationship that will always last because they have found true love with each other. I wrote this song all on piano in sections over the course of a week. Music first, lyrics last. The chorus was written first and was the first thing that immediately came into my mind. I sat down at the piano and immediately started playing and singing it. The main idea of the song is in the chorus and the rest of the song was written around it.


UNIVERSAL JEWEL
(2006)

This song is about my love for music and how it is the universal language in the world. The title came to me first and is how I think of music. It is a precious jewel to me and is my life completely. It took about an hour to compose the music entirely on guitar and then another 2 or 3 hours to finish the lyrics that same night.


UNTRUE
(2015)

This song was composed on both guitar and piano in about 3 hours. Music and melodies first, lyrics last. It's an angry song about someone who has been treated badly and is leaving a relationship and wants to let everyone know exactly what they think of that person.


UP AND DOWN
(2016)

This song is a rags-to-riches-to-retirement story from beginning to end. It tells of someone who is struggling to make ends meet at a dead-end job and then finding success, fame and fortune and then ending up ready to retire in happiness. This is another one of my favorite songs that I've written. I wrote the whole song on acoustic guitar. Music and melody first, lyrics last.


WATCH OUT
(2006)

The verses and choruses in this song almost contradict each other. Although it really depends on the listener's interpretation. After I wrote all the music and melodies in about 20 minutes, I began writing the verse lyrics first which I typically don't do. Usually I write the chorus lyrics first. The story in the verses is about someone who is wasting their life away being lazy and just waiting for something exciting to happen rather than making it happen. But the choruses are about someone living too fast possibly due to various excesses such as drugs or alcohol abuse. Another interpretation of living too fast could be that the person who is wasting away every day will quickly end up old and alone before they know it.


WE ARE PART OF EVERYONE
(2009)

The message of this song is basically how everyone on this planet is connected by the common thread of life and that we all share the same planet to live on. It's a message of peace saying that we should all try to live as one rather than divided. I began composing this song in 2003 but didn't actually finish writing and recording it until 2009. It was written entirely on piano.


WE WILL BE ALL RIGHT
(2013)

This song is about a relationship that has had some seriously rough spots along the way. But the main character is willing to forgive and stay committed no matter what. The melody came into my mind one day while I was playing piano and I wrote the whole song around that melody in about an hour. Music first, lyrics last.


WHAT DO YOU HOPE THIS WILL LEAD TO
(2005)

The first thing I wrote for this song was the keyboard riff that is in the intro, the outro and the close of each verse. That small piece of melody inspired the chord structure and melodies for the entire song. I composed all of the music in about 15 minutes and wrote the lyrics about an hour later. The song is about questioning one's life and choices. Or it could be about questioning everything including the meaning of life.


WHAT IF
(2016)

I wrote the rough structure of this song rather quickly on acoustic guitar. The melody developed quite a bit over a 3 hour writing session. After composing all of the chord structure and melodies I did not finish writing the lyrics until more than a year later but the title was already established from the start.


WHAT IS WRONG
(2017)

I wrote this song while I was feeling a bit unsure of myself and what my future might hold. The song is not about me but it was written in the spirit of uncertainty. When I listened back to the song after I recorded it I realized that it sounded more like a social comment than a personal reflection. I typically don't write any political-type songs. But I could see how some people might think this sounds like one. I wrote it all on guitar. Music first, lyrics last.


WHAT KEEPS YOU SMILING
(2014)

I wanted to write a very happy song in reggae style and this song came to me very quickly. It was written on guitar in about an hour. Music first, lyrics last. It's about someone who finds happiness in any kind of situation. Always optimistic and positive which rubs off on the people around him/her. It's one of my favorite songs that I've written.


WHAT'S IT GONNA TAKE
(2016)

The idea I had for this song was originally about the frustrations that many people have in the world regarding success particularly when it comes to their job. Working so hard but not really getting anywhere. That was the concept initially but it developed into a relationship-type song. The principle is still the same, though. I wrote it using both keyboard and guitar.


WHEN ARE YOU GONNA COME BACK TO ME
(2007)

I started writing this song with the chorus music and melody first with the thought that it would be the verses of another song, initially. That section was completely written including lyrics when I realized it should actually be the chorus of a song with verses written around it rather than the other way around. I used both guitar and piano to compose this song in about 3 hours one afternoon. It is still one of my favorite songs that I've written.


WHEN I GET THERE
(2015)

This song has a very special place in my heart. I got the first initial idea for the title, melody and chords one afternoon during a quick 10 minute writing session and then quickly finished the lyrics. While I was writing the song I had a deep sense of loss and sadness but I didn't know why. Immediately after I wrote the song, I put down the guitar and got online and saw the news that Robin Williams had just been found dead from suicide. I was a huge fan and felt that somehow, the loss and sadness I felt while writing this song was because of Robin's death even though I had no idea he had died at the time. I scheduled the recording session for a future date and just moments before I went into the studio to record the song, I heard the news that Leonard Nimoy had died. Leonard was another huge hero and inspiration for me my entire life. The album this song was on ("For The Love Of Drop") coincidentally was released on the day BB King died. So I dedicate this song, with love, to Robin Williams, Leonard Nimoy and BB King.


WHEN SHE'S GONE
(2007)

The title of this song was inspired by the Bee Gees song "When He's Gone" although it is a quite different song in style and content. It's about a guy trying to warn one of his guy friends that he is going to lose his girlfriend unless he begins to treat her right. It was written on both piano and guitar over 2 or 3 days. The line "What are you gonna do when she is gone? How are you gonna live without her love?" was the first lyric idea that I had after the melody was finished and it inspired the entire story of the song.


WHERE ARE YOU
(2009)

I wrote this song on guitar in about 30 minutes. It's about someone who has recently gone through a break-up and misses the other person. It's not about a sudden break-up but rather one that they could see coming for a while. This is a universal theme that I thought a lot of people could relate to although it is not written about any particular event or person.


WHO IS IT
(2017)

This is a song about a sultry woman who likes to have any man or as many men as she wants. It could even be about a courtesan. I wrote it on both guitar and piano. Music and melodies first, lyrics last.


WHO'LL BE THERE
(2013)

This song was written very quickly all on piano in about an hour. It is about two people in a relationship that has lasted maybe several years and they are each wondering if they should stay together. By the end of the song, they decide that they will always be there for each other.


WHY
(2015)

This song was written on both guitar and keyboard in about an hour's time. Music and melodies first, lyrics last. The story is about someone who is deeply in love with someone who is always putting them down. He/she is wondering why.


WITHIN MYSELF
(2016)

This is a song about determination and perseverance. The idea that everything in life is a test or a lesson to learn from and make us stronger. I wrote it all on acoustic guitar. Music and melodies first, lyrics last.


WITNESS
(2007)

This is one of my favorite songs that I've written. It has very strong imagery about a girl who witnesses a murder and then is spotted by the killer. She runs away but knows that he knows what she looks like and is now looking for her since she can identify him to the police. I composed the music and melodies on both guitar and piano in about an hour. The lyrics were written the same day. The whole time I was writing this song I was thinking in terms of it eventually being a music video or even a short film.


WON'T GIVE UP
(2016)

This is a song about supporting someone in their time of need regardless of what it is. I wrote it on both piano and guitar. Music first, lyrics last.


YOU AND ME
(2009)

This song has a Country flavor to it and was written as such. I played a slide guitar lead solo in this song which I had never done before up to that point. It's a simple love song about two people in a caring committed relationship. The whole song was composed on guitar in about 20 minutes.


YOU ARE THERE
(2009)

I wrote this song as a tribute to Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees who had been a major influence to me and my music for many years. I learned how to play piano by listening to Maurice on the records and live concert recordings of the Bee Gees and also learned a lot about harmony and music production from their music. I wanted to write a song that I felt was very emotionally appropriate in expressing my respect for Maurice with the hopes that his family would hear it one day. It was composed entirely on piano in about 2 hours. Music and melody first, lyrics last.


YOU CAN'T HIDE
(2007)

This song was inspired by the Bee Gees song "E.S.P." in terms of the style of the music. I used both guitar and piano to compose the main body of the song in 2 days and wrote the lyrics as I was putting together the chord progression. It's about someone who is afraid to be in a committed relationship and runs away from love every time the opportunity comes along. But the time will come when they can't run away and the power of love will ultimately lead them to overcome their fear.


YOU CAN'T SCARE ME
(2009)

I wanted this to be a very hard rocking song. It's about not ever being detracted from a goal or intimidated by anything or anyone. I composed all the music and melodies on guitar over 2 or 3 days and wrote the lyrics a few days later.


YOU COULD HAVE STAYED A LITTLE LONGER
(2006)

This is a tribute song written for my childhood cat, Gray-C. I was very close to her throughout my childhood and into adolescence and took her death very hard. My way of expressing my feelings has always been through music so I wrote this song for her. It took about an hour to compose the music and melody on guitar and several days to finish the lyrics.


YOUR WORLD
(2006)

I wrote the lyrics of this song about someone who does whatever they want in life regardless of the consequences. The music was composed on piano in about an hour and the lyrics were written immediately afterwards.


YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND
(2006)

I feel that this song is about a strong friendship that is being tested. Each person is unsure of where the other one stands or if they will remain friends so the main character is making the first move at an apology, forgiveness and willingness to remain friends. I composed the music entirely on piano in about 10 minutes and wrote all of the lyrics about 20 minutes later.


YOU'VE GOT A WAY
(2016)

I wrote this song on both keyboard and guitar. I was thinking of doing a song that sounded a bit like 1970's Blues and/or R&B. When I produced the song I used a tremolo Wurlitzer type keyboard sound which was common of that era. The music and melodies were written first and then lyrics.