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STORIES BEHIND THE SONGS—BUILDING THE SUN

This Friday we release our latest record Building The Sun with our new friends at BFE/The Orchard. We are thrilled to have this new crew to help us get the music out. I figure what better way to christen the new release than to pull back the curtain on the meaning behind each song. We recorded this record with the … Read More

THE DEATH OF MY FATHER/BROTHERS IN ARMS

“Now is the season to know everything you do is sacred.” —Hafiz (thank you, Pat Blair) Someday you’ll return to Your valleys and your farms And you’ll no longer burn to be Brothers in arms —Mark Knopfler, “Brothers in Arms” “You can’t conceive, nor can I, the appalling strangeness of the mercy of God.” —Graham Greene (spoken by Josiah Bartlett … Read More

BORROWED, BEGGED, AND STOLEN WISDOM, PART 15

(Things I have borrowed, begged, and stolen from books, movies, conversations, etc.) Ignoring your passion is slow suicide. Never ignore what your heart pumps for. Mold your career around your lifestyle, not your lifestyle around your career. —Kevin Claiborne The songs keep on coming—in fact, the older I get, the more that they do. —Mark Knopfler Bring people who love … Read More

WHAT TOUR IS LIKE/ALL HAIL THE TOUR MANAGERS.

People ask us what tour is really like. As Eon posted last week, it’s the highest of highs and lowest of lows. It’s go/stop and hurry up/wait. It’s 24/7 no days off we never close. It’s magic and boredom, transcendence and self-doubt. You will find out who you really are out here (whether you like it or not). Most things … Read More

25 SONGS I CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO

Here are 25 jams I’m playing nonstop right now, and what moves me about these gems… 1. Jason Isbell, “Flying over Water”—This song breaks my heart into a thousand pieces, mostly because Isbell is a genius, and his voice is so pure, it can make your worst day bearable—but also ’cause my wifey HATES to fly and I ask her … Read More

REPORT FROM THE OPEN ROAD—CA, WY, NE, IA, and MI

Hello from the Hampton Inn in Kearney, Nebraska. It’s five a.m. I’m pounding coffee and wiping the fog from my mind. We are halfway through this seven-week spring run, and things are rolling slow but steady. Thirty-three shows across the southern Midwest and West Coast—this one is a barnburner. We are putting some miles on these tires, folks. Last week was … Read More

WHY PUBLIC SCHOOLS SHOULD MATTER TO ALL OF US

It’s early morning dark. We get our badges from the check-in station. We load into the 50-year-old building under the sodium light of one streetlamp. Bars over windows and metal detectors. The hallway smells like urine. You need a key to use the restroom, and someone will wait outside until you are done. Some of the toilets are filled with … Read More

THE SONGS WILL SAVE YOU

“You want to be a writer- don’t know how or when? Find a quiet place and a humble pen” – Paul Simon “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”- Steven King   Bruce Springsteen in the brilliant The Defiant Ones: “It was indulgent, but sometimes YOU NEED TO BE INDULGED.”   … Read More

BORROWED, BEGGED, AND STOLEN WISDOM, PART 14

(Things I have borrowed, begged, and stolen from books, movies, conversations, etc.)   Even the kindest man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats. —H. L. Mencken It’s not what they call you—it’s what you answer to. Ignorance screams and wisdom whispers. —My brilliant neighbor Craig Morris It is … Read More

BORROWED, BEGGED, AND STOLEN WISDOM, PART 13

(Things I have borrowed, begged, and stolen from books, movies, conversations, etc.)   One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. —Unknown It is through creating, not possessing, that life is revealed. —Vida Dutton Scudder Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their … Read More

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