The Down Under Sessions
The Down Under Sessions is like a giant scrapbook. Instead of covering just one year, or even a single chapter in my life, this album draws from experiences I had all the way back to my very beginnings as a songwriter. The oldest song was written when I was 16, the newest when I was 23. Each one is the snapshot of a particular moment or phase of my life, both as a person and as a writer. I’m thrilled to finally be able to share those snapshots with you!
The name comes from the fact that this album was recorded in my bedroom in Sydney, Australia where I lived for half a year after college. I made a choice to limit myself as an arranger to only sounds I could create with my voice, my guitar, and things I found in my room. I put no limits on how many sounds could be layered, but if I couldn’t do it in my room it isn’t on there!
All these songs may have well remained unrecorded were it not for an unfortunate twist of life. Within a month of arriving in Australia I received news that my mom, who had been in cancer remission for a year, needed to go back to treatment. I had been much closer to home during her first round of chemotherapy, and I wanted to find a way to send her some love and support from the other side of the world. Walking home one day it hit me – I could send her music. That afternoon I sat down to record the first song for this album, and decided that from then on I would record and send a new song home for each round of therapy. Six rounds, six songs!
In that way, The Down Under Sessions became a sort of therapy for me too – a way to create something positive out of a bad situation, and a way in which to use that situation to reflect on how life has transformed my understanding of my own music. Listening now, it’s a constant reminder to me of how powerfully healing music can be, and how lucky I am to have music in my life!
I hope you enjoy the album! For now it’s free, with the option to name your price if you’d like! Just hit “Buy Now” and enter $0 to get it free.