This is transcribed from a series of tweets from Linford Detweiler, songwriter/pianist/bandleader or Over the Rhine. It really hit me where I’m living at the moment. Wanted to post it so that I wouldn’t lose it.
“Today for the first time since The Long Surrender sessions, I plugged in a few microphones here at the farm and began making a few demos. It’s always such a leap of faith, a fool’s errand, to lean in with a few new songs. I always feel like a charlatan, a grinning impostor.
But ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, as my friend Barry Moser says, talent is common as house dust and useful as teats on a boar hog.
You either keep showing up or you don’t. It all comes down to the work. And so I raise my hand and hope some mystery speaks my name.
Now it’s your turn.”
I actually spoke with Linford once after an OtR show in Saint Louis. I’m not a huge fan, but they interest me. I was interested that he played piano most of the show. I noticed he was playing the same digital piano that I own and I told him so. Upon hearing this, he asked me if I was interested in selling it. I think he was pretty serious. Told me that if I was interested to email him.
Thanks for the challenge tonight, Linford.