Figs From Thistles 

On my first album, "A Sea Of Empty Faces," I have a song called "Neat." It's about an outlaw at the end of his career. His life was ruined, and he resorts to alcohol to forget his trouble. I wanted…

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Do I Love You Less? 

Every album has that one song. The one that I just don't know whether to include or not. "Do I Love You Less?" (which we'll just call DILOY from here on out) is that song. It almost didn't make the…

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I'm Sorry 

Songwriting is an interesting endeavor. For each songwriter, there are that many unique songwriting processes. Most of my songs have one of three variations. The first, and most common, happens when I have an idea pop into my head for…

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Aquamarine 

"Aquamarine" is a song that took nearly a decade to write. It started back in college. My friends and I went to a concert. There was a band called Deas Veil. Kind of an indie rock band. The piano player…

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Rooted 

Like my song "When You Look," on the album "A Sea of Empty Faces," "Rooted" happens to be my favorite song on this album. And, like "When You Look," "Rooted" tends to be overlooked. The similarities are numerous between the…

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Praying Drunk 

"Praying Drunk" is a unique song. Mostly because I didn't write it. A good friend of mine, Michael Cassinari (who performs under the moniker Ancient Pathways Music) wrote this song. It was the first song of his that I really…

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When Atlas Shrugged 

This is a fun one. Or, I should say it's a slow, sad song, but it was fun to create. This is the first song written intentionally to be led by piano. I usually write songs on guitar and then…

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Mr. Gray 

I've mentioned that occasionally I write songs that I'm not sure about, and for some reason they become the songs people resonate with. Mr. Gray happens to be the best example of my discography. Any time I write a song…

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Awake, O Sleeper! 

The opening track to the album, "Another Anodyne," sets up the album both thematically as well as conceptually. For the theme of "Another Anodyne," I wanted to set up the idea that there are many emotions and situations that we…

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I Love You, Big Brother 

Disclaimer: All the tracks from "We Were Dead From The Start" are base on the book 1984 by George Orwell. "Memories being the first song, I explain why I wrote this album on that post. It'll help to read these

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Take It Away 

Disclaimer: All the tracks from "We Were Dead From The Start" are base on the book 1984 by George Orwell. "Memories being the first song, I explain why I wrote this album on that post. It'll help to read these

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O'Brien 

Disclaimer: All the tracks from "We Were Dead From The Start" are base on the book 1984 by George Orwell. "Memories being the first song, I explain why I wrote this album on that post. It'll help to read these

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Under The Spreading Chestnut Tree 

Disclaimer: All the tracks from "We Were Dead From The Start" are base on the book 1984 by George Orwell. "Memories being the first song, I explain why I wrote this album on that post. It'll help to read these

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Julia 

Disclaimer: All the tracks from "We Were Dead From The Start" are base on the book 1984 by George Orwell. "Memories being the first song, I explain why I wrote this album on that post. It'll help to read these

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Doublethink 

Disclaimer: All the tracks from "We Were Dead From The Start" are base on the book 1984 by George Orwell. "Memories being the first song, I explain why I wrote this album on that post. It'll help to read these

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Memories 

So, I love 1984. The book by George Orwell, not the year. I read it every year. I don't know why I enjoy it so much, as it's not a particularly uplifting story. But I do.

So, I wrote a…

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Neat 

I was alone in Cincinnati with nothing better to do than to listen to, and play, music. Chris Stapleton had just put out his first record, "Traveller." It was outlaw country the way it was meant to be played. It…

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When You Look 

"Broken Watch" may have been the song that created SMSM as it is now, but "When You Look" is the song that initiated my return to songwriting. I had just moved up to Cincinnati, and for the first time in…

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I'll Be Fine 

Like "No One Else," "I'll Be Fine" is another oldie. This was the first song I wrote fully back in college with my band Broken Folk. I say first song because I don't count my high school era I'm-so-deep-and-poetic songs…

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Broken Watch 

SMSM started when I moved up from Nashville to Cincinnati. I was starting a church, so at the time I had no job, and except for the person I was partnered with, had no friends or family in the area…

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