I view a song as an art piece that is decorating time and space. I like all kinds of art. Sometimes art is pretty straight forward and to the point. I write a lot of songs like that (much of the Cree Rider Family Band (https://open.spotify.com/artist/3XRXBKYzi8ShXOANoYJb1p) catalogue is written in that vein. I think there is a ton of value in being able to relate to a specific theme of a song, and being able to sum something up with just a clever turn of phrase. That is why old country music speaks to me so much. They take a simple theme anyone can relate to, and find so many ways to cleverly connect that with the listener. It’s just pure and great songwriting.
But some of the most interesting pieces of art are more abstract. I like artists that can take popular forms and bend them in a different way. I like when a piece of art is presented to the audience, and there is so much vaguary in whatever it is, that it is up to the audience to dig into the depths of it to find the meaning. This of course is very prevalent in modern art and all sorts of classic and modern poetry. But great musical artists do it too. “Visions of Johanna” by Bob Dylan immediately jumps to mind. “Crazy Fingers” by the Grateful Dead. Just poetry put to music, and it stirs something inside the listener that is not a simple connection, but a deeper reaction. We may ask ourselves, why do we like this song, what is this song about? And we may not always be sure. This is where I feel the newest release “All of the Love” (https://open.spotify.com/album/5OD8s7zd7unNYCANmkDbNm) sits. Not necessarily (at all) as brilliant as the tunes listed above perhaps. But my own spin of creating art for the listener to interpret and create a space for meaning within themselves.
so, I enjoy the traditional concepts of an simple love song, or a “let’s have a party” song, but I also to like challenge the audience with other songs that are a bit more shrouded in mystery, possibly darkness, danger…and rock n’ roll!