As I lay down the final few tracks on my upcoming album, “Let Me Go,” I am struck by the realization that I want to head in a different direction. Maybe it’s because I feel I’ve already had my say with the modern and the contemporary. Maybe I feel a little homesick for the traditional songs I fell in love with way back when. I’m not sure. I only know that that is where I want to head next.

Only…. I’m not sure how to get there…!

It’s one thing to sit down and compose a mimicry; all the rules have been laid out for you already, all you have to do is wrangle some notes and a series of words to fit. It’s entirely another to set down original material that utilizes the existing rule set, and yet transcends them.

It’s especially hard when so much of my creative thought is contemporary in feel. It’s like walking into a 17th century opera house and hearing fusion jazz in the ornate lobby… How do I write ‘Celtic’ when it’s percolation place is 21st century? How do I tap into that ancient atmosphere, and faithfully recreate it with my own words, my own sound?

They say the hardest part of any journey is taking that first step, and I’m beginning to believe them. I feel like I’m standing before a locked door, to which I have no key. All I need to do is pick the lock….


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