In Honor of Her First Lost Tooth

Posted: February 12th, 2015. 0 Comments.

A little white rectangle
loosens and wiggles until you can push it over with your tongue
then you know its job is done and it can finally take a break.
The tooth you've had in your head for six years
the very tooth you have used to pierce the skin of a thousand apples
is now resting in a plastic baggie
and your tongue can now check out the vacant spot
and feel the unfamiliar edges of the neighbor teeth
who barely know what big changes happened this morning
and you are feeling lighter, looser, more wiggly yourself
in a world where such thrilling transformations are possible.

 

 

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Cowboy Jack Clement's Ten Tips for Songwriters

Posted: February 11th, 2015. 0 Comments.

Songwriter/producer/character/storyteller "Cowboy" Jack Clement has ten tips for songwriters posted in the kitchen of his studio.

Jack produced records for Waylon Jennings, Townes Van Zandt, U2 and wrote songs recorded by George Jones, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley.

He passed away in 2013, but Cowboy Jack's influence lives on in the songs, the recordings, and in this list of tips for songwriters.

Me and the band will be playing songs we wrote at Love and War in Texas in Plano on Friday night. A lot of songs have been performed at L&W, so here's the advice for songwriters from the legendary Cowboy Jack Clement that I have taken to heart:

Pineapple Jack Clement's Ten Tips For Songwriters:

  1. Remember that experts are often wrong.
  2. Experts tend to be narrow and overly opinionated.
  3. Experts don't buy records.
  4. There's nothing wrong with waltzes if they're played right.
  5. A good song gets better with age.
  6. Reveal some of yourself with most of your songs.
  7. Don't get stuck on one song too long. Work on other songs as you go.
  8. Learn to grow from setbacks, delays, and getting your feelings hurt.
  9. Write the worst song you can think of.
  10. Write the best song you can think of.
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Greetings from day 14,025

Posted: January 28th, 2015. 1 Comments.

Hello fellow travelers

(Yes, fellow travelers, because even if you are sitting down, the earth is spinning around its axis, so that here in Austin I am going at 898 mph).

(Oh, and not to mention that we are also revolving around the sun, so we are all also traveling at a speed of 66,600 miles per hour in our annual voyage around the sun)

We are going so many directions at once, and so fastSo, yes, fellow travelers, I know you are busy moving, and I hope your trip is going smooth today.

I am happy to tell you that, on my 14,002nd day of life, my wife and I met our healthy baby boy, and his name is Kirk Temple. At 23 days old, Kirk is charming and talented and suave, and, so far, he can do impressions: of a baby chick pecking for feed, he can sit like a frog watching for a fly, and he can roar like a small dinosaur.

He keeps adding tricks to his act on an almost hourly basis, so it has been an exciting show (though he gets very impatient if the audience goes to sleep during the show).

A few weeks ago, I wrote a new song with Walt Wilkins, thinking about - basically - what it is we get in life: Days.  

Here's a very rough acoustic demo of the new song- I'm gonna delete this and re-record it in a few weeks but just wanted you hear what's happening so far, and where it is right now... 

 

Also, in a recent flash of sleep deprived wisdom, I understood something that I thought I'd share with you.

I figured out why people do the things they do: 

Everybody just gets up in the morning and tries to have the best day they can.

Ok, Wow, right? Pretty deep and pretty shallow at the same time.

Anyway, enough deep/obvious thoughts, you're busy MOVING. So this week, I'm playing shows in Houston at Mucky Duck on Thursday (tickets here), in La Grange at the Bugle Boy on Friday with Jamie Lin Wilson (tickets here), and then Love & War in Plano on Friday February 13, College Station on Thurs February 26, and Conroe on February 27, then Luckenbach and Gruene ... you know, moving around, like you, trying to have the best day I can. And trying to be sure my good day doesn't get in the way of you having your good day. Or better yet, we can have a good day together. Here's to that--

Onward,   OT

Upcoming Events for January 28 - August 8
Thu Jan 29 7:00 pm McGonigel's Mucky Duck (2425 Norfolk, Houston, Texas) Click to add this event to your calendar
Fri Jan 30 8:00 pm The Bugle Boy (1051 N Jefferson St, La Grange, TX) Click to add this event to your calendar
Sat Jan 31 7:30 pm Private (Houston, Texas) Click to add this event to your calendar
Fri Feb 13 8:00 pm Love & War in Texas - Plano (601 E Plano Pkwy, Plano TX) Click to add this event to your calendar
Wed Feb 18 Folk Alliance (The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 E Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO) Click to add this event to your calendar
Thu Feb 19 Folk Alliance (The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 E Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO) Click to add this event to your calendar
Fri Feb 20 Folk Alliance (The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 E Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO) Click to add this event to your calendar
Sat Feb 21 6:30 pm Folk Alliance Official Showcase (The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 E Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO) Click to add this event to your calendar
Thu Feb 26 9:30 pm Prospector's Saloon (2501 Texas Avenue, College Station, TX) Click to add this event to your calendar
Fri Feb 27 8:00 pm Dosey Doe's Music Cafe (463 FM 1488, Conroe, TX) Click to add this event to your calendar
Sat Feb 28 7:00 pm Private (Kerrville, Texas) Click to add this event to your calendar
Sun Mar 8 1:00 pm Luckenbach Texas (412 Luckenbach Town Loop, Fredericksburg, TX) Click to add this event to your calendar
Tue Mar 10 7:00 pm Gruene Hall (1281 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX) Click to add this event to your calendar
Thu Apr 16 8:00 pm The Blue Door (2805 North McKinley Ave, Oklahoma City, OK) Click to add this event to your calendar
Fri Apr 17 7:30 pm The Fire Room @ Picks Gallery (562 Hwy 42, Osage Beach, MO) Click to add this event to your calendar
Sat Apr 18 10:00 am Lydaco Songwriting Workshop @ Unity of Columbia (1600 West Broadway, Columbia, MO) Click to add this event to your calendar
7:00 pm Lydaco Concert Series (Unity of Columbia, 1600 W. Broadway, Columbia, MO) Click to add this event to your calendar
Sun Apr 19 8:00 pm Knuckleheads Saloon (2715 Rochester St, Kansas City, MO) Click to add this event to your calendar
Sat May 9 7:00 pm Private (Austin, Texas) Click to add this event to your calendar
Sun Jun 7 1:00 am Luckenbach Texas (412 Luckenbach Town Loop, Fredericksburg, TX) Click to add this event to your calendar
Thu Aug 6 8:00 pm Frio River Song Festival @ House Pasture Cattle Company (2 N River Rd, Concan, Texas) Click to add this event to your calendar
Fri Aug 7 8:00 pm Frio River Song Festival (2 N River Rd, Concan, Texas) Click to add this event to your calendar
Sat Aug 8 8:30 pm Frio River Song Festival @ House Pasture Cattle Company (2 N River Rd, Concan, Texas) Click to add this event to your calendar
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