Energy, Disruption, Fear, and Passion

I’ve just finished up at the Gartner CIO Leadership Forum in Phoenix. While it’s less than three full days, it’s easily the most energizing event I attend. The focus this year was even further in to the future of IT and its rapidly emerging role smack in the middle of the business model, even in segments that don’t think of themselves as technology driven. Where IT has typically been an operational cost center, it is now quickly and relentlessly becoming a revenue producer and product development hotbed – the companies that don’t adapt to this change will perish or be consumed by more … Continue reading

Hurt Me

Note: This post was written in 2019 and backdated to appear on the date the song was written. Despite being in a good mood and writing a happy track the day before, I didn’t sleep well that night with stress dreams and restless “brain going at full speed” insomnia keeping me up. I finally gave up and got out of bed before dawn. Bleary-eyed and with cup of coffee in hand, I went out on the back porch and listened to the birds in the greenbelt behind the house. Since I was in a place of experimentation and trying new … Continue reading

SYS 49152

Note: This post was written in 2019 and backdated to appear on the date the song was written. After an explosion of sleep-deprivation-driven production, I slept in on this first Saturday of Song-A-Day. I had a leisurely day, watched a movie, then headed into the studio. The positive response from I Get No Sleep had me in a really good mood, and that comes across in this track. I wanted to use more of the hardware synths I had in the studio, and decided to avoid using any loops or soft-synths, just as an exercise. No longer having access to … Continue reading

I Get No Sleep

Note: This post was written in 2019 and backdated to appear on the date the song was written. It’s finally Friday. The company I worked for closed on Fridays at 12:45, so I had an entire afternoon of bonus time for this song. Unfortunately, I had also already planned to have dinner with a friend that evening in Houston, 90 miles away. Each of the four previous songs had taken me right up until almost midnight to record, so I was getting maybe 5-6 hours of sleep a night, at most. Normally, it was less than that, and I was … Continue reading

The Lights

Note: This post was written in 2019 and backdated to appear on the date the song was written. This is a song for which I avoid discussing the meaning of the lyrics, not because they’re overly personal or sensitive, but because I think they’re more powerful when the listener is able to develop a personal version. I’m rarely as veiled or subtle as I think I am, but I’ve heard some very interesting and divergent interpretations, so I’ll leave this one up to you. This track also ended up on the 42403 album, at the strong request of my friend … Continue reading