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Wilder Adkins – Birmingham Alabama

I caught up with Wilder Adkins in Birmingham Alabama, to talk about his song I heard on Sirius XM Coffee House – ‘When I’m Married’.
You know every once in a while something imprints on you in a way that feels so right. I think so much so this time, because Wilder delivers vows from the heart – that give your love a resting place – where without fear or doubt it knows it will always be safe and warm. No bells – no whistles – just a beautiful song of truth.
After all what is life really all about…

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This is a very realistic, honest song, that says that love takes work, and yes we are going to hurt each other sometimes but we can grow through that and we can make it work for us.

When I’m Married

Oh When I am married
there will be no magic words
there will be no transformation
just a white-dressed girl

and we will tie ourselves together
with a spoken solemn vow
and we will fight for one another
till they lay us in the ground

cause I am yours and you are mine
I am yours and you are mine
and there’s a love that grows between us
like a gently creeping vine

I am bound to fail you lover
I am bound to let you down
oh but do not give up on me
how I long to make you proud

and in my heart there is an ocean
throwing waves upon the shore
and if you go from me my darling
they will not crash anymore

Oh and when I am older
and my eyes no longer shine
still I’ll long to see you lover
oh you are my columbine

I have seen the mighty river
and I’ve seen the moon and stars
and I know there is no other
that could penetrate my heart
how you penetrate my heart

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Mark Cawley – More Than A Songwriter

Mark Cawley is an accomplished musician and songwriter who is now mentoring and coaching others around the world, helping them to find their own success within their passion of music.
Bringing sincerity, inspiration and gratitude to his students whom he calls friends, Mark encourages them to remain positive, understand that rejection is not a reflection on themselves and to write from the heart.
I believe this is why he is an invaluable tool for aspiring lyricists and songwriters, because what he does comes from a place that this industry is slow to recognize at times – but is the core and foundation of life – do well by others – and it will take you to the place you are meant to be.

Have a listen to Mark and his thoughts and experiences shared when we spoke earlier this week.

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‘One of the biggest lessons I learned as a writer came later in life – later than I wished anyway. There was a long period of time when I was writing and getting some cuts, but they were not always the artists that I was hoping for. The songs were professional enough that publishers and producers were hearing them but they weren’t always buying into them. The lesson I learned is that I was trying really hard to get inside the head of these great artists and I would always come up short and there was one particular time and one song – a Tina Turner song and my co writers and I got together – all feeling a little beat up by the industry – and we said let’s just forget it and write for ourselves. Let’s write something that makes us laugh 0r cry and we feel like we can’t quit playing it – something that carries our feelings. And we did – and that was when Tina Turner took notice and recorded ‘Dancing In My Dreams’. I kept that philosophy with me and felt that if I love it then maybe another artist will too- I also found out that mature artists don’t want to repeat themselves. So when I was true to myself I found it was then that some of these artists became interested in what I was writing – and they began to stick.’

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Brett Dennen: On Tour Now

Fresh Independence caught up with Brett Dennen after a day of skiing in Aspen, Colorado. Currently on Tour: You don’t want to miss this diamond in the rough.

Where did Tour kick off?

We kicked off tour in Phoenix, AZ and stop in Honolulu, HI. I wish I could tour Hawaii all the time. I don’t, but I need to.

You were in Vancouver last February right?

I was , I love Vancouver, I was there last summer as well. 

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The number one thing people say to me when they meet me is, “I didn’t realize you were so tall!” I heard that at least 50 times a day last month on tour. Here I am backstage last night in Madrid, warming up before the show. In Holland, I fit in just fine.

What is your favorite thing about Vancouver?

I just love the scenery, the air, the red wood trees, the breeze, it has that water-ocean-air energy to it that is invigorating and it is just so blue and green. Those are the colors of life- very inspiring. 

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Thom Byles – Greenwich, London

We were really excited when our sweet friend Thom Byles stopped by to share a song from his new project Hanging Valleys.

Feels so right when soothing music floats your direction and gently washes over you when needed most. English – Mexican  singer songwriter Thom Byles knew just what we were looking for when he stopped by to share his good energy. With a sound as haunting as Bon Iver but drawn from that place that only he can call his own. We invite you to come on in for a moment to the world of Thom Byles and discover something new.

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 Home is where your story begins… please share a little about yours.

I started my life in a small village called Nazeing in Essex, England. I’ve lived in a fair few different places but that one feels the most like home. The village is near woods, lakes and some canals which was incredible to grow up around and explore.

How did music find you and begin to grow within?

My first memory of enjoying music was when my Mum would sit me and my sister in the living room whilst she would do an aerobics video, always the same one hahah. The workout was enhanced by incredible bass lines and 80’s style saxophone which soon had me running around the room projecting my limbs in all different manors and speeds.

Some years later when I was living in Mexico I would ride the bus to school which would take about an hour. My parents had a great collection of tapes and I would audition them on my walkman on the ride in. Things like The Doors, The Kinks, Cream, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Jazz on a Summers Day to name some. That’s when I really started to listen to music a lot. I would have those two hours a day to myself and I could stick a tape in and get lost in the sounds. I knew I wanted to be involved in music and so started out borrowing the school saxophone and having after school lessons. That didn’t turn out so well so I moved on to the piano and then finally on to the guitar where I felt at home.

What is the songwriting process like for you?

It always takes me by surprise. I always try and make time to write but it’s quite rare that something ever comes out of those sessions. Most of my songs come about at the weirdest times. Sometimes I’ll just pick up the guitar briefly while I’m waiting for a tea to brew or for my turn in the shower and then the next thing you know you’ve got the makings of a song on your hands and a freezing cold cup of tea! Mostly I start out with a line on the guitar and then I try various vocal melodies until I find one I like and the rest of the song stems from there. The lyrics come last..

Tell us about your relationship with the guitar & ukulele.

When I first picked up a guitar it was the first instrument that I really felt comfortable with. Especially the nylon string acoustic. I loved how you could make such a complete sound and that different tunings would make it feel and play very differently. It amazes me how each and every guitarist has their own way of interacting with it. What an instrument!

The ukulele was a gift to me from a very good friend. I was travelling a bit over one summer and wasn’t able to take a guitar with me. I fell in love with it. Being limited to only using 4 strings and having a less powerful sound forced me to really focus on the song writing. I haven’t been playing it as much recently by itself but I’ll often use it when recording to add another layer and texture to the sound.

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