Amazed, overwhelmed, exhausted, a bit nervous and thrilled all at once- ladies and gentleman, I present to you:
DODGE THE ARROW
Today has been a strange and wonderful mixture of emotions. The Broadcast has been collectively a group now for several years, and while “technically” we have released previous albums, “Dodge the Arrow” feels like the first true piece of work we’ve ever released. This is the first time in my life that I allowed myself as a writer to be boldly honest with myself through music. Not to say that I wasn’t truthful in previous recordings, but if music is a representation of the artist who creates it, lets just say mine was like this: a clump of delicious smelling play-doh exploring the world with things sticking to me along the way: a paper clip, an indian head penny, some cat hair, a whole lot of dirt, and some left over glitter from a fahhhbulous party at Limelight the night before. Basically, who I was carried a whole lot of influence from the outside world. Growing up in a place like New York City, it’s no wonder – in the mecca of urban culture there’s so much to ingest, a kid can really lose themselves along the way.
Only in my most recent years in Asheville and on the road touring have I started to strip the layers and discover the root identity that was hidden beneath all of the lovely mess of life I was carrying with me. Performing has also in turn allowed me to shed the facade and have a real relationship with myself. Inevitably after hundreds of shows, all you are left with onstage as an artist is yourself. I don’t believe in personas. They’re a modern day masquerade for the masses.
As a performing artist, the “good lord they gave me CHILLS!” moment comes when the artist is being unabashedly honest with an emotional experience and offering that experience to the viewer, who in turn creates a continuous triangular energy between the artist and whatever magic it is out there that’s controlling the clockworks – call it God, the higher being, Allah, the powers that be, Bokonon, whatever it is that tickles your fancy – live music creates this connection. Whew! That’s a lot of words. But seriously think about that, reread it a few times if you have to because it’s true. The live music experience is incredible because there is something amazing that happens when you gather a group of people together to honor and enjoy the act of the creation of sound. It’s primal. It’s in our DNA.
“Dodge the Arrow” is my first attempt as a writer to express this new perspective. I am greatly blessed to be surrounded by five wonderful musicians who have always consistently encouraged my literary passion – Tyler, Michael, Aaron, Matt and Rich’s support of my lyrics has allowed me to flourish in who I continue to become every day – this is a beautiful gift.
If you are reading this, I deeply and genuinely hope you connect with Dodge the Arrow. I literally wrote it with you, the listener in mind. I wanted to offer you something filled with honesty said in my own way that I dream will resonate with you in your life for years to come.