SLEEPING WITH A STRANGER
When people ask me what my music sounds like, to simplify I usually respond with “Eurythmics meets Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers”. I reference those two bands because they are two of my all-time favourites. I have so many other influences though. I’m not going to list them all here, but if you are ever really curious and we are chatting, I would be happy to reveal more of my musical romances, but it might take some digging. It’s funny, I never think to ask anyone else what music inspired them or what they think their music sounds like. I guess I don’t think those things are important, but I understand why people might be curious about it. I always felt music was such a personal experience, and I rarely talk music with anyone. I either gravitate to a song or artist, or I don’t. Doesn’t matter the genre or era. It’s all about how it makes me feel when I hear it.
With this record, I think thematically Dale and I were aiming for an overall ‘Americana’ and ‘Jangle Pop’ vibe. I believe I was reaching for something I had yet to really achieve sonically, but Sleeping With A Stranger was another opportunity to develop my storytelling and live performance the way I envisioned it. The title track is about wanting to live a life with meaning and heart, and asking questions like, what are the steps necessary to live that more authentic life. Outside of the studio, I spent an enormous amount of time developing relationships overseas in Germany, the Netherlands, and honing my own live performance skills with my guitarist and co-producer Dale Murray. We also made some fun music videos, see below.
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