This post is for Brennan, who asked me on my Facebook fan page what my inspiration was in my songwriting. I spent a lot of time thinking about this, and here’s what I’ve come up with:

I guess that it order to make sense of things sometimes, I compare what I’m seeing or experiencing to something else that I understand. I understand car rides, and plane rides, and card games, and rain. I don’t always understand loneliness, or struggle, or heart break. Hardly ever, in fact. I think it better expresses exactly what I’m getting at, and by comparing complicated emotions to more simple familiar things, it can even fill in some gaps and paint a more complete picture.

In songwriting, I feel that the metaphors allow people to dig as deep as they want to find what I’m really saying. I think, like me, a lot of people struggle to pinpoint exactly what they’re going through and if they have discovered it in some way, struggle to express it to others in a way they can understand. I think there are these universal human experiences, and it usually feels like we’re in them alone- that’s something that makes music so magical. Hasn’t everyone heard a song and thought “That’s exactly what I’m going through!”? And that’s awesome, isn’t it? The goal for me, in every song I write, is to do it in such a way that it is personal to me but also universally understood.

I think music is what I was given to let people know that they’re not alone. I see it as a responsibility, and as a blessing. I want to paint pictures that bring people together. We’re all looking to connect. We have to- life isn’t meant to be gotten through alone.

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