Tell me about the progression over the last 2-3 records you've made. How has your songwriting changed? My songwriting has always been very touch-n-go. I don;t edit myself too much, but in the past I've written with a band either on the road or in the studio, this time I wrote by myself--so there was really no editing involved especially on the lyrical content. I ended up stretching verses, hitting sour notes, probably making the songs way longer than they need to be--but in the end I believe I have created something that is very "me."
Does L.A. or southern California contribute to your sound? The lifestyle? The scenery? The weather? I believe that no matter where you are your environment will influence your work. So yes, absolutely Los Angeles, at least my little corner of it--contributes to the sound.
What is your favorite way to listen to music? In my car over the stereo driving nowhere, on headphones while on a walk, or on a record in my living room.
Who is Dorothy? She’s my guitar.
"I Have Been To the Mountain" feels like a southern gospel hymnal of your own variety. Reminiscent of baptismal lyrics, i.e. "take me to the river, wash my sins away." Is there a spirituality to the song? Do you consider yourself spiritual? Absolutely. I am very much inspired by anything spiritual. There’s passion in those things, I find myself very moved by them. So yes, I do consider myself someone who is spiritual.
Do you consider your songwriting to be honest? As a songwriter, do you consider yourself more of a storyteller or a truth-teller? I like to believe that I'm somewhere in the middle of fiction and non-fiction. Life would be no fun if you didn't exaggerate the scene here and there. Something, or someone--that I've always related to is the author Gabriele Garcia Marquez. He story telling style is that of--heres the story, believe it or not--whether its true or actually happened should be of no concern.
Does vinyl actually sound better? Yes.