My name is Rand. Born and raised right outside of our nation’s capital, I am now a resident of Music City, USA. I’m 22 years old and I aspire to write songs that restore a little bit of hope to a world that so often crushes it. Maybe that’s a lofty ambition, but maybe we’re supposed to have one or two lofty ambitions.
A wise man once told me that a songwriter’s job is to make somebody feel happy or loved or less alone. We all want to write the songs that make people cry, but that’s not the only reason people listen to music. We already do plenty of crying on our own. Bringing hope into someone’s life is sometimes a nobler goal. That doesn’t mean we need to sugarcoat – nobody’s soul benefits from pure fiction. But “based on a true story” – now that’s a song that might bring some light in. And in a world(wide web) full of “authentic,” “honest” songwriters, we’re all really just looking for a close retelling of the truth.
Now that retelling doesn’t have to be done with an acoustic guitar and a whisper. For some people that’s the right medium, but I need something with a groove to it. Something that moves both the body and the soul. Like Parachutes or Continuum or Songs About Jane. Sometimes it rocks, sometimes it rolls, and sometimes it simmers, and that’s just life isn’t it.
So listen with your eyes closed or your feet moving or maybe both if you’re feeling up to it. Give yourself a chance to feel something, sing loud, be brave.