Many of you have asked when you can get your hands my new EP. I can’t tell you how much your interest in my music means to me. It’s thanksgiving tomorrow—if you’ve asked me this question…this year, I’m thankful for you.

My answer to most of you has been, “it’ll be a bit,” which is vague and means nothing. Sorry! Perhaps a better (but just as vague) answer would be “as soon as possible.” I’m working on it.

Releasing a record is all about patience. While I certainly could just dump the thing on the internet in a couple of weeks, that would end up being a waste of time, energy and cold hard cash. There are so many things that need to happen in order for this release not to be a total failure. Your curiosity is a great start.

Stick with me! 

I’ll be releasing all sorts of exciting things in the coming weeks. Be on the lookout for a video documentary that will include behind-the-scenes footage from our time in the studio, as well as samples of finished tracks and stories about how they came to be. Watch for music and lyric videos of the songs from the EP, along with live videos of new tunes I’ve been working on. 

Making stuff is fun.  

In the meantime, why don’t I tell you the name of the record.

It’ll be called The Inner World.

I wrote a song by the same name awhile back. It sat as a picking pattern and melody for months before I was able to marry it to an appropriate concept.

The song is about the place an artist must go to find ideas worth writing about. It’s a bittersweet reflection on what it’s like to “get lost in your head.” It’s an ode to the vastness of ideas and the human soul that can contain them. 

Chasing such ideas brings me much joy, but sometimes I find nothing but frustration as I wander aimlessly through my inner world. But even when I’m lost, I’m still amazed. The human mind is incredible. We climb mountains and trek to the far reaches of the earth in search of beauty, to feel small in the presence of greatness. But to me, the great adventure is the inner world.

That’s what this song is about. That’s what this record is about. That’s what my life is about. 

I am aimless. I am getting by
In every corner of the shapeless mind.
In every room there’s something new to find.
Around every turn another path that winds.

I am knocking on my own front door.
I’ve never seen the man inside before.
The great adventure is the inner world,
To shrink and think and endlessly explore.

Every now and then, I get lost in my head.

The world is set inside the heart of man.
We seek to touch it with these dying hands.
On every peak and ocean shore I stand
As sure of their greatness as I am their end.

Every now and then, I get lost in my head.

Lastly, after writing and recording the song, I was reading Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters To A Young Poet and was struck by the similarities between his instruction in the first chapter and my thoughts in the inner world. 

Nobody can counsel and help you, nobody. There is only one single way. Go into yourself.
— Rilke
If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself. Tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches.
— Rilke
And if out of this turning inward, out of this absorption into your own world, verses come, then it will not occur to you to ask anyone whether they are good verses...a work of art is good if it has sprung from necessity.
— Rilke
Go into yourself and test the deeps in which your life takes rise; at its source you will find the answer to the question whether you must create. For the creator must be a world for himself and find everything in himself and in nature to whom he has attached himself.
— Rilke

The world is set inside the heart of man.
We must create.