True Inspiration

So there I was… Sitting in an Irish bar in NYC minutes after finishing my set at their weekly open mic.  I was talking to a good songwriter friend, St Eloise,  who happens to be struggling with the same frustrating issue all writers face at one time or another… writer’s block.

At one point she asked about my process & how I come up with song ideas.  Ironically I’ve been asked this same question on multiple occasions.   The answer is simple, yet vague… Inspiration happens for me when it’s least expected…

You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time.
~ Neil Gaiman

My Inspiration

The Time:  5 years ago
The Place: Seattle WA

I was alone in my apartment… in bed…  texting… With someone who I was in a very significant romantic relationship with at the time, Amy.

It was around 10 PM & we were in the middle of saying our goodnights.  Needless to say our dialogue was full of the following type of messages…

“I love you!”
“I love you more!!”
“I miss you!”
“I wish you were here!” 

I’m sure you get the idea 😊 At this point I sent her a text that would change everything…

“Tonight, I’ll be holding you in my dreams”

Soon afterwards we finished saying good night & I drifted off to sleep.

The next morning when I awoke, my first thought was of Amy & our conversation from the night before.  I reached for my phone & read it again…

“Tonight, I’ll be holding you in my dreams”

Doesn’t that sound like a line from a cheesy 1980s power ballad? With a smile, I jumped out of bed, made some coffee, grabbed my guitar, pencil & paper… then began to write.

Within minutes the following words were written down…

Tonight, I’ll be holding you in my dreams
Tonight, you’re right here next to me
Although you are so far away, you’re closer than it seems
Distant doesn’t matter ‘cause I feel you next to me

Not a bad chorus & a great starting point!

Within the next half hour, 3 verses were added… the song was finished. It was by far the easiest song I ever wrote.

Amy’s Reaction

A week later Amy came down with a nasty cold & asked me to stop at the store to pick up a few supplies (cold medicine, soup, tissues, etc…).

I arrived at her place with the items on the list… plus a surprise of my own….

I took out my guitar & neatly laid out the lyrics on her coffee table. Avoiding eye contact I began playing my newest creation.

To this day I get extremely nervous when performing a song for the first time, especially for someone I care about deeply.

Finally towards the end of the song I allowed myself to look up… the first thing I saw… tears streaming down Amy’s beautiful face. She simply said…

“No one has ever done this for me before”

In that moment, words left me as I felt my own emotions start to take over. I could only reply…

“I love you”

And to think… all this started from a simple text conversation! Inspiration is anywhere, one just needs to look for it!

Recording Amy’s Song

Obviously the above song Amy’s song, “Next To Me” will be included on my upcoming album, Long Walk Home.

For a limited time only… You can pre-order the entire album… at a super huge discount… Click on the link below for details!


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Plus I’ll also include my book Long Walk Home – The Stories Behind The Songs.

This book will include stories just like this one, diving deeper into the story behind each song on the album… including… the complete lyrics… pictures… and more! 

Reserve your copy today by going to the link below! 

Long Walk Home Preorder


P.S. Here is a picture of the original lyric sheet. I kept as a fond memory! Legible handwriting has never been my strength! What can I say… at least I can read it!! 😊


P.P.S.  A quick shout out to my good friend St Eloise (mentioned above)!  Her music is awesome & I’m sure her new material will be too!

Check out her music by clicking on the link below >>

St Eloise Music

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