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Today is a huge milestone and we get to celebrate together! My full length album Halflight is finally here and now you finally get to listen to the whole thing. My hope for these songs is that they tell you you’re seen and heard, that you’re not alone, and that they remind you that there is good in this world that is worth pursuing. That’s what they have been to me, and I genuinely mean it.
Halflight on Vinyl available at Bandcamp
Yes, you can stream the album on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, and everywhere you stream music. But some of you are in this for a deeper experience, you want vinyl. The good news is you can buy Halflight on vinyl at Bandcamp. Even better, buy it today because today is Bandcamp Friday which means if you purchase the vinyl today, Bandcamp waives their normal 10% revenue sharing fee and all the proceeds go directly to me! Thanks for supporting artists Bandcamp! It’s the little things and they do help.
Are you an album person? I’m am. When I was a kid, Tears for Fears released their song Shout which was an instant hit. I got the tape and listened front to back over and over and over again. Sure, maybe I rewound Shout a few times, but I was drawn to what would happen after the song. (It was The Working Hour by the way. Then Everybody Wants To Rule The World. And they were just warming up. Head Over Heels was relegated to Side B. Seriously, when one of your biggest hits is on Side B you’ve tapped into some magic.) By the time the last song “Listen” finished up I felt like I had been taken somewhere. I understood something about the people singing. It made me wonder how songs are written. It made me wonder what their lives were like, and why they wrote the songs. It felt like they were singing to me and wanted me to learn something. It made me feel small in a massive world in the most delightful way. The feeling that all this stuff was out there for me to discover. That might sound cheesy, but I totally remember it.
Halflight will tell you things about me. Some true. Some imagined. The difference doesn’t really matter because imagination is where good things begin.
Halflight is designed as a liturgy. It has a progression that moves intentionally. It begins with a celebration of the creative process and the optimism that creativity is always calling. Then it quickly descends into the destructive unraveling of the world, questioning certainty, and lamenting the ways fear destroys everything when it disguises itself as love. It wonders if prayer is merely calling out to nothingness. Yet it reorients with a centering prayer before beginning to try to put things back together in new ways. Living between the magnetic forces of fleeting and meaningful desires. A calling to counter fear with love. A subtle critique of our notions of Hell. A reminder that progress is not a straight line. It finally sends us all off with a prayer for healing and wholeness.
These songs are what I’ve been working through the past 6 years. It’s autobiographical and personal. I don’t think I’ll write another album like this and honestly I’m not sure I want to. But I would be lying if I said I wasn’t super proud of this album.
So, grab a beverage, find your favorite place to site and listen to music, turn it up, and press play. Sip. Repeat.
If you’re looking for ways to help, here are some things you can do that make a difference, and these do actually help:
Thanks again for being part of this journey! Till next time…
P.s. Did you know it’s only been 3,923 days since my last album came out? #uselesstrivia