The Darker Side

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“The Darker Side” is obviously the title track and once I wrote this one, I knew it was going to be the title for the album. The message of the song is pretty simple in that it tries to explain my creative side and the “music” side of me compared to who I am on a day to day basis.

There have been numerous occasions in the past where someone who knows me personally will listen to my music and make a range of different comments on how it is sad or melancholy etc. I’m not always sure how to respond other than it’s just the “darker side” of me and the thoughts that naturally come out of my head and into music form. I don’t know why I gravitate toward certain topics or feelings, but it is what it is. For a long time music has been a form of therapy for me.

Over the years when those “this is sad stuff” comments were made I would be embarrassed by them and sort of wish I hadn’t put myself out there the way that I did with the lyrics. However, after awhile I started to realize that I shouldn’t be ashamed of it and that I should let the art just be what it is. When songwriting happens and I’m in the moment, it’s almost like another state of consciousness and whatever I have in my head at that time is what you hear in these songs, for better or for worse.

I think if you listen to all sorts of music you will find a lot of venting of the soul because that’s what artists do. That’s what art is. Once I realized all of this I formed all of these thoughts into this short and simple song. It has no chorus and in my opinion is just a statement about my writing that I’ve wanted to make for a while now. It rounds out this album nicely and I’m looking forward to new and exciting adventures with my music and songwriting in the years to come. A lot of my perspectives have changed as I’ve aged and I continue to learn life lessons all the time. Thank you, as always, for your support and I hope you enjoyed this album!

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The colors on these walls
Will brighten this dark hall
And mask my shade of grey
At least the outside, anyway

I feel like an illusion
That aids in your confusion
And just a single puzzle piece
To the many that complete me

Well it’s a darker side of me
See to the bottom of these caves
Cause I’m no longer afraid
Of what’s written on this page
No, I’m no longer afraid
Of what’s written on this page

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from The Darker Side, released July 1, 2013

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