We sat on the couch to catch up, and he suddenly said, “Your new album sounds great.” I recorded new tunes a few weeks ago for an album, SILENT LESSONS, that will be released in January (but you can find out more and order a pre-release download here) and I had sent my Dad the final tracks so he could have an early listen.
“Thanks, Dad,” I said with a smile. “I’m glad you liked it!” Dad has always been a big musical supporter of mine, ever since I started doing open mics and little gigs in New York City back in the early 00′s.
And then: “But…I wish you’d write more happy songs,” he said.
“What do you mean?”
“I thought you had finally gone in a new direction with your last songs (A three-song EP called THREE SUN SONGS), but I guess not.”
I thought about it…were my new tunes really that dark? Then I thought about all the classical music my Dad loves to listen to all day long. “You know, Dad, I’m sure a lot of that Mozart, Brahms and Beethoven is pretty sad stuff.”
He laughed. “I’m not talking about the music, I’m talking about your lyrics!”