I want to sing these songs for you. I want them to reflect your inner struggles, passions and freedom. Most songwriters write from their own journal and expect people to want to be like them, therefore the emotion will translate vicariously to their fans. I have written some of my most successful songs for other people, taking their situations and infusing them with my personal experiences. There is an interesting article about Sarah Blasko, a Sydney Musician, she is quoted as saying, “I think there’s a real strength in taking songwriting away from your own identity and who you are. There’s a craft in it. Demystifying the whole idea of it being you and being a bit more identity-less. It’s got to make someone feel something but it does not have to be your feelings.”
As I said in my previous post, I began writing music again with the song "Josie" for our daughter. The song was completed before she was born and it was meant for me to sing to her and to help me and her understand why we are together. Even before she was born, she was my muse. My wife, Aline, jokes that she has been replaced by Josie as my muse. The truth is funny, isn’t it? Josie continues to inspire me to write songs. She is my #1 fan. She tells me the truth about my music, what she likes, doesn’t, and most importantly what she loves. She is the best audience I have performed for; she dances, sings along and gives me a great big hug when I am done. I wish you were all like that. I think you are, but just more quietly from your seats. We are going to explore how you see yourself as a fan of Unpaved Highway.
A lot of people ask me, what is an Unpaved Highway? It took about 3 years to come up with the band name. One day it just struck me. I found my core. Most (but not all) of the music I write in my car and/or reference driving in one way or another. It has been like that for me since the very first songs I have written – this was the easy part, highway for me was the best description of the freedom I feel when driving. But what I was missing was the emotion behind the name. Thinking about the topics of my song – longing to be together when distance keeps us apart, the angst and pain of heartache and heartbreak, and so on – I realized that my highway is not smooth, it is unpaved. You tell me that it is the same for you too. My life philosophy is to drive over the speed limit and not care what it takes to make it through my life – life is too short to slow down or worry about the small things – I just let the dirt, rocks and debris fly behind me. Be my passenger, don't drive behind me.
Unpaved Highway’s “Rock ‘n’ Road” style of Folk Grunge music creates a musical landscape where an acoustic sound is entwined with deeply emotional, poetic and heavy Grunge music. Our sound draws on a combination of influences from Mellencamp to Cobain, but mostly from the influence of our fans!