Prison Bound Man
"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."
- T. S. Eliot
I usually make come silly comment like, "Although I haven't been to prison yet..." and then hold for a moment to allow some laughter or something. It's true though, although I haven't quite made it to prison yet, I wrote a song called "Prison Bound Man". I used to worry at first if people would think I was playing some part, which is one of the reasons I made the attempt to grow a beard. I feel like both have worked out pretty well. This is kind of my "Folsom Prison Blues", because although I haven't been to prison yet, neither had Johnny Cash when he wrote "Folsom Prison Blues". I have met with the police more times and a couple of those times I thought I was going for at least a night. Harmless things like speeding, parking tickets, and getting caught with a beer in a place where I probably should've kept the cap on it...more than once. I've somehow managed to avoid wearing handcuffs, but not without thinking that was going to change because of my ambition to seemingly push my luck. Although most stories from my early 20's would likely keep me out of any public office, those stories aren't bad enough to not laugh at now. With a little bit of extra inspiration from Chris Stapleton's "Midnight Train to Memphis"; a song about going to jail for not paying a fine. I had some inspiration to run with and "Prison Bound Man" was born. I have no clue how the I came up with the guitar piece though. It just kinda happened.
Love You Anyhow
I like to summarize this song as an song about unconditional love. That would be most accurate if I were to describe the song's sentiment in two words.
The journey with this song, in my opinion, is rich. I debuted it in Stouffville at the Guinness World Record Longest Running Concert, went on to play it at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville that August, placed second in an NSAI Chapter Challenge for a publishing deal with Ole, then played it with Dayna Manning in Stratford. This song is attached to so many cool memories for me.
I wrote this song near the beginning of 2017, around the same time as "Moonshine". 2017 was kind of a shitty year, musically. Things weren't meant to work out for me until near the very end. I'm more mature and confident to be open about it now and say how I failed to execute everything I aspired for. If you fast forward though, it's exactly what was supposed to happen. This was also the timeline that caused me to start making my exit from the music scene I grew up with in Brantford. Don't get me wrong, there were (and still are) plenty of good people there who support the hell out of me. Life didn't think I needed them around at that time though and wanted me to strive for something out of my comfort zone. I've had a very oscillating relationship with music and at the end of that year was when I found myself having to rebuild again. I've survived band break ups all because my name was in the band name, band break ups because I wasn't being diligent enough to do all the foot work because we had a band name rather than it being my band, and this time I had the rug pulled out from under me at my only two regular bookings. It hurt like hell, but I always remember The Simpsons saying how the Chinese word is the same for crisis and opportunity. From anything I've found, that's not true, but I like the sentiment so I endorse it. I ended up being asked to open for The Trews that December. It wasn't a big break or anything, but after being chosen from a few submissions, this gig made me start truly believing in myself to put a real effort into building a career. I started learning more about the music industry and getting more connected with artists and writers that are in the music industry. It's been interesting to watch this new path unfold, I've met some incredible people who have become friends, associates, or both. I've also invested the time and energy on taking chances just to see what happens.