I was thinking about what has influenced me to keep writing, recording and performing music after all these years. It hit me as I was watching Rodney Crowell play for 25-30 people at the Silver Platters in Sodo last week. Passion. That's it. Rodney played a half a dozen songs and they MOVED me. I was inspired to keep writing and to practice and perfect my guitar technique. I also asked Mr. Crowel what he was using to get his amazing acoustic guitar sound. He told, me and I ordered an LR Baggs Para Acoustic DI the same night.
36 years ago I went to see Neil Young play at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. It was the concert that ended up being in the film "Rust Never Sleeps" and I woke my older brother out of a dead sleep that night trying my best to play "Hey Hey My My" for him over the phone. My brother understood, because he is as passionate about music as I am. If I ever lose my passion, I guess I'll hang up my guitar. It doesn't look like its going to happen any time soon, though so stay tuned for more!