I don’t post on here as much as I used to, but it’s not for lack of things to say.
I’ve got a dozen or so songs for the next album. The album is called Coming Home, and it’s the most honest piece of work I’ve done so far. When I first started songwriting, I wasn’t comfortable writing about myself, so I would write about characters, usually in negative situations, because I thought that was more interesting than generic love songs. What did I know about love, anyway?
The songs on Real Love were written over a four-year span, and a lot happened over that time, personally and creatively. I look at that album as an anthology of my strengths as an artist, and while I’m extremely proud of it, it isn’t the best representation of who I am and how I feel (though I will always and forever count the song “Real Love” as one of the best things I’ve ever written). Coming Home is kind of a song cycle about living in a new town, feeling like an outsider, managing a long-distance relationship, and just coming to terms with who I am as a person. It’s not all as depressing as I just made that sound; some of it is quite upbeat.
When I was working on Real Love and the couple albums before it (that I qualify less and less as real albums and more as extended EPs of mostly cover songs), I would often post whatever song I’d just finished to tumblr, for people to hear, because I was so proud of the work. Scroll through the archives of this tumblr and you’ll find a good amount of music. But at the same time, I put a lot of thought into running order, and just posting individual songs from an album removes the element of context. Real Love was diverse enough that posting individual songs wasn’t really an issue. Coming Home is a lot more cohesive, stylistically, and I want people to hear the finished product as a whole. I’ve sent a few songs to people for peer review, and I’ve played some of the songs live, to gauge audience reaction, but for the most part, you won’t hear these songs until they’re all finished and perfect.
And believe me, it will be worth the wait.
-JB, October 2013