This album is aptly titled "What's Left". It is a collection of the surviving songs from the last 15 years of my life.
I've been writing music since I learned to hum. Most of that music lives in my body--my mind, my chest, my fingertips, my tongue, my dreams--but every now and then a song I tickled into the oxygen atmosphere manages to make its way onto some paper or a recording. These surviving songs evolve with me over time, they are never quite the same from one play to the next as they learn from their experiences just as I do. For this reason putting an album down at first felt farcical--It feels impossible to capture the personal truth and evolution that my music truly represents for me in a single take.
The impetus for the album came as the realization that very few of my friends and loves knew this part of me. I played many of these songs for a room full of dear Queers (who will remain unnamed but most certainly know who they are) this past summer and was met with joy, camaraderie and empathy ... tears, laughter, and applause! I endeavored to play for some more of my close friends many of whom, I came to realize, did not even know that I wrote music! This is simply unacceptable. Music is how I know myself, and how I show myself to so many people. So, this album is an act of love for myself and my beloved community: Family--blood and bravely chosen, cherished friends, support network, and anyone who hears my heart in this music. It is an invitation. Come hear my heart. Come hear my pain. Come hear my joy. Come hear my hope, and know that I love you.
Scheduled for release on my birthday!
Please pay what you feel you can for this album.
Each song will be released with lyrics, and sheet music.
released March 6, 2016
Recorded at: The Piano Studio
in Seattle, WA
Album Art by EJ Landsman
Beloved friend and brilliant artist. Find more of their work on their site:
Special Thanks to funders:
Lisa and Ken Schmidt
Their contribution was a great help in getting this thing made!