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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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No One Else 

I don't believe in album filler songs. But if I were to have any, this song would be it. Early on in the days of SMSM, we didn't have many upbeat songs. Most tended to be on the more melancholic…

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Blue 52 

Blue 52 wasn't the first song I wrote, or even what I expected to be one of our most popular songs. It started off pretty simply. I was reading about the Blue 52 whale. In a nut shell, the Blue…