Continuing The Conversation

Often I am asked why I write the songs I write. Why do you write songs that sound so old? I don't have a perfect answer for that. I've always been attracted to folk music for 2 main reason: authenticity and timelessness. Folk songs are timeless in that there are so many that are over 100 years old and they are still just as relevant today as they were then. Folk songs are authentic in that there is no holding back, they speak the truth, and they weren't written to make money. They were written to start a conversation. Recently, I picked up a book called "Woody Guthrie and the Dust Bowl Ballads." It's a graphic novel created by Nick Hayes inspired by the life of Woody Guthrie. One quote in that book stuck out to me as the exact reason I write the songs I write: "But the song he had written last night was different. It bit like the grit of the storm that inspired it and fit so snugly into that old melody that it seems like a response, some kind of continued conversation with the wisdom of old." That's exactly what I want to do - respond. There are so many old songs, written from grief, happiness, longing, and gratitude. They were written to start a conversation in a world that didn't have social media and texting. I want to continue that conversation. We owe it to them to respond and not let the conversation be forgotten.

- Jonathan