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For 12 years I've been wanting make a record of my own. Many times I thought I was ready, but in hindsight it was clear to see I wasn't. The songs weren't ready, and even though I enjoyed playing them for my love on so many late night occasions, they were just melodies and ideas that I was trying to force together.

This year has been a good year for making sense of all of that.

These stories from my life that I had been aching to tell have finally found union with this music. Music I always felt deserved words that actually meant something to me. In so many ways these songs have been like my therapy over the years. Where words and conversations sometimes helped and hurt, this music has always been a faithful companion. And not just this music, but music in general. It's been a good friend since the early days of my life. It's been your friend too. I don't care if you buy the record or even listen to it. That's not why I'm doing it. I'm making a record because I think stories are meant to be shared and passed down from one generation to the next, or in this case sung. Not just the happy ones, but the sad ones too. If they do find their way into the suitcase of songs that you've been traveling with all your life, then I'd be pleased to know they've found a good home. So thanks for giving these songs a shot by downloading my new EP, watching the new lyric video, and thank you for sharing.

Zach Bolen