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Creative authenticity is a question I have been thinking about recently. On a certain level, it's arguably impossible: songwriting is always about making characters, however close to your "real life" personality those characters happen to be. On another level, my experience as a music listener has led me to believe that there is an undefinable quality to the writing I identify with that reflects a certain...something.
I hesitate to call it truth. Yet I am forced to admit that old Mountain Goats albums FEEL true, although I know they are works of fiction. They are more true, on this level of meaning, than singing a grocery list would be (although the latter might be "true" in a literal sense). There is something mysterious about creative honesty that fascinates me.
These songs were produced with those thoughts in mind. I present a more fictionalized account of my life in these songs than I have in the bulk of my previous work. In general, my lyrics have been true in a literal sense (and hopefully in an emotional one). These lyrics reflect the broad outline of literal experiences, but I explore a series of characters with a darker interpretation of that experience than I hold personally (and who behave much more dramatically within similar circumstances than I would).
In reality, I am pretty happy almost every day. This has generally been the case for me over the last three years. Life involves struggle, of course, but I do not feel terribly burdened by that reality very much of the time.
But when I write, it's the darkness that interests me. The darkness I believe will always be with us, to greater or lesser degrees. May we be led by it, always to a greater light.