Adventures A Midwest Crazy. Volume 2- Next To You

The Adventures of a Midwest Crazy

Volume 2.- Next To You

The holidays have come and gone! I hope everyone had a splendid Christmas and a very happy new year!  I am sorry for my delay in posts. Shortly after my last blog, things got busy with holidays, music videos, tour submissions, and it has just been crazy!  Probably the biggest news I can share with you is that on December 7th, 2016, I officially released “Next To You” as my debut single from the album. On December 9th, 2016, we finished the album “Danger”.

I can’t quite express my emotions on that day. I felt such relief. It was so cathartic to just have the album be complete.  I’m getting emotional just typing this. I had a story to tell and that story is now, I think, ready for you to hear. I didn’t know that when I started writing those songs, that it would lead me here.

“Danger” really is closing the door on one part of my life and opening another door.  Where this next door will lead, I’m not sure, but I’m curious.

I spent a lot of time thinking about which single to OFFICIALLY be my FIRST single. “Next To You” was chosen for many reasons.  The main reason honestly is hope. This song is really a ray of light in a journey that has been hard. It is, in my opinion, the most hopeful moment on the album.  It just made sense to have hope be the first introduction to the music.

Before we go any further! Listen to the song! ‘Next To You” is available on my music page!

Welcome back. I hope you liked the song.

To answer your questions: Yes, there was a person that I wrote this song about. Yes, we did listen to Lana Del Ray on a train headed to Pasadena. No, I won’t tell you who the song is about! The summer of 2014 was hard for me. For those of you who don’t know, I was living in Los Angeles with my friend Elliott. I have known Elliott since college and in LA, we wrote many songs together. We even decided to start a band. We were a vocal duo called The Sunshine. Elliott was like a brother to me. Towards the middle of 2014, Elliott moved back to the Midwest and I was left in LA by myself. The future of that band was unclear and to be honest, I had a lot of anger in that time. I wasn’t creating the art that I wanted to create and I was working jobs that I had no desire to work. I remember working at this restaurant, in this mall in Topanga, California. I would look out and watch the people walking by, so happy. I felt trapped in that job.

Something had to change.

I started seeing the person “Next To You” is about during that time. Have you ever met someone and you are just drawn to them like a magnet? That really was how I felt with Pasadena. I felt so whole again. I just felt so good being next to this person. When I think back on that time, I really remember the closeness of this person. I was clinging to them because out in this huge city, I felt really alone. Pasadena would take me to all these places and I saw so many places in LA because of our time together. I remember we went and saw the movie “Begin Again” at this little theatre in Pasadena and that movie really was a turning point for me. It was a movie all about, well, beginning again. No matter where you are in your life, there is hope for a brighter tomorrow. There is hope that you will rise up again. I began to smile again, I began to laugh again.  

I quit that awful job and I looked forward. I was offered a 9 month acting contract with a children’s theatre company in South Dakota. Funny enough, many of the servers I was working with were jealous that I was going to be a working actor in South Dakota. The time had come to move.

I had to say goodbye to Pasadena, the place, and the person from there, and that has been hard. I still talk to “Pasadena” to this day and sometimes I think that is the one who got away. I started writing the songs for “Danger” about a year later and while I spoke to Pasadena, I would constantly get asked, “Is this song about me?” Finally, I decided to write a song about that summer.  I sat down and the only thing that kept coming to me was the idea of how happy I was, just having Pasadena next to me.

Driving away from LA, was freeing. I was so happy to be coming home. I felt like my life was in front of me. But, I’m glad that I had the experience. I think of it, and sometimes, I do miss it. I miss the closeness of Pasadena, so many places that were unexplored, and I miss those city lights in the distance.