In 2016 I released Nowhere, New Mexico. NNM has been supported by you all & well-received by press & radio. It is a collection of songs that I love & marked my first step into walking away from law & making music for a living.
At the time of its release, I was still practicing law, but not for much longer. I initially wanted to continue in law & had practiced employment law for a few years. Yet, by mid 2017 I was out of law entirely. If you knew me when I started this journey, you were probably surprised when I left children's advocacy. I went to law school for the express purpose of helping children. I spent half of law school working with the finest children's advocacy non-profit in New Mexico. I moved to Denver & got a job with the best children's advocacy non-profit in Colorado. I loved the work. So what happened?
The long & short of it: I got beaten down.
I made great friends & I'm proud of what I did, but it wasn't sustainable for me. My health started to suffer. I began suffering panic attacks. I stopped sleeping & disappeared from my social circles. My wife saw what was happening to me & helped keep me sane. I needed to make a drastic change. There were more factors at play that I'm not all that comfortable discussing. So I'm making an album about it.
I started looking at the songs I was writing & noticed a theme. Some of my songs were about my time before law - traveling across Texas playing every bar gig I could find. Some songs were about my time as a teacher & meeting my wife. Some songs were about the children I represented & their struggles. Others were about my personal battles with how those kids needed me but I wasn't able to continue to be there for them.
Then there was a block of songs that I wrote immediately after leaving law. Songs about coming to terms with what was best for me & my family. Those songs started with Beat of Your Heart.
The honest songs I was writing started to resonate with you all. Porcelain hit #1 on an indie chart. Beat of Your Heart became one of my most requested songs.
So here I am, not fully ready to talk about everything but I'm making album about it. I have one problem though...there are too many songs. Rather than release one album of 14-16 songs, I'm breaking it up into two shorter EPs. EP 1 will tell the story of me coming up as a young musician, meeting my wife, & starting to practice law. It will end about the time I realized I needed to walk away. EP 2 will pick up when I realized that not only did I need to leave but some of those around me were hurting me more than helping. It will conclude with me walking away & following the beat of my heart.
This is uncharted territory. Thanks for taking this journey with me.