Thursday, February 12, 2009
In my relatively short time playing music, I've gotten the chance to play with some truly talented musicians. Luckily, a in 2003 I got the chance to play with a quiet, kinda shy kid who immediately struck me as someone with a wealth of ideas that weren't being mined by others. Rick could (and did) teach me more about songwriting by talking about food than others could by giving a seminar. There's a brevity and wit to everything that he does, and his lyrics are truly something I have always admired.
Having Rick leave Mannequin Men was one of the hardest things I have gone through in my musical career, (luckily, we won the lotto on a replacement) and something that awakened me to the fact that a songwriting partner is something that is as rare as it is crucial to a band.
Every time I hear something that Rick has done it's immediately identifiable, but fresh, familiar, yet challenging.
I am grateful every day that I got to be there for some of the songs that have came out of this kid, and hopeful every day that I will be there for more.
Here's something I was around for the start of and I guess it's still a work in progress.
Too good not to share though.