Dear Michael, when you look back at some of your earliest works do you feel you would re- write them or did they capture the essence of how you felt at that time perfectly?
Interesting question......i haven't really thought about it actually. There are things that jump out at you from time to time, that strike me as something that maybe doesn't seem right, but i'm a forward thinker, so when a song is finished whether on a record or really in my head.....that's kind of it. Some songwriters tweak and tweak and tweak, i do somewhat, probably not as much as some.....i heard Leonard Cohen would spend years on one line....not really the way i work......maybe i should! When inspiration strikes its important to capture it, ....if you leave it alone for too long......it can still work but i've found some of that initial energy is tough to recapture. Thanks for writing. m
Not really a question, just a comment. I saw you perform several years ago in a little bar in Portage Indiana. I sat next to you at the bar and we made small talk as you were writing your play list and enjoying a Corona. You seemed to be a very down to earth person and your performance that evening was incredible. Thanks for writing music that has touched about every emotion in my soul... Peace out brother...Michael McDermott responded on 03/23/2014 Next question
Hi Michael ! This is Stan the cab driver that took you home from Midway. I used to tell people that 90 bucks was my best tip ever. That is not true anymore.The cd you gave me is the best tip. My favorite songs are 3) Ain't over you yet" 2)" My father's son" and # 1)" I shall be healed". Do you realize that could be a huge hit on Contemporary Christian stations if you teak the lyrics a tad so that it is overtly about God instead of both God and a woman. I have met alot of wannabe artists. You sir are the real deal ! We once had an aspiring musician named Ray at the high school I attended. He wanted to be a musician professionally. Some tried to dsicourage him. Rough business and all. His last name was Manzarek, one of the founders of The Doors.When is your next local concert ? I am assembling a small army to bring with me. I am a fan. I describe you as a cross between Springsteen & Bob Dylan (with a good voice ). I will drive you & Heather anytime! StanMichael McDermott responded on 03/23/2014