Can you talk to us more about your song “Highest Mountains”?
The song “Highest Mountain” for me is about overcoming some major obstacles in the middle of my life. Huge hurdles that I was simply blind to such as realizing the need to get sober and work on myself. It was a long journey, much so spiritual in nature. It touches on trying to achieve things in the outside world but later coming to realize that it really is and was an inside job, and that we as humans tend to wait and push these changes off for years even decades. It takes a long time to wake up.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
It’s not about one particular event, rather more a series of emotions and perspectives in and around the last 10 years of my life all wedged into one song.
Why naming the album after this track in particular?
The over arching message and concept of this song really translated throughout the rest of the songs on the album and so it just stuck as the clear album title.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was great, I worked on it over a year or so with producer John Kimbrough at his Mount Washington, CA studio. We took our time with it and let the demo’s marinate for a while and came back to them a bunch and made sure it was sitting right. It was a tricky one actually, there was a lot happening in the track so it needed a bit of love to make sure it was balanced and felt good. Most singles/rockers call for extra attention as opposed to the simpler more stripped down acoustic numbers.
What aspect of life and self-discovery did you get to explore on this record?
Great question: I tend to write about the human struggle and its condition and subsequent emotions. Not on purpose, it’s just what comes out of me. That said, this album was a deeper dive into more personal stuff. Such as moving home to care for my sick mother who has MS, surrendering the ego (trying at least day by day), getting sober and finally turning the corner on drug and alcohol abuse that had such a strong grip on me for so many years (even though “I thought it was never that bad”). I didn’t realize that how I was living, and what I was putting into my body was effecting my outside world in the way that it was. I didn’t realize that I was stuck, but I kind of knew it deep down inside.
Just to see this tour through and try and promote this new record the best I can. We also have a new podcast series coming out soon called “What’s Your Story” that I’m really excited about it. My long term goal for 17′ is try and cut another record in the studio by the end of the year, but we’ll see!