Appeared: Fall 2008 Edition of Condo Life Review
Why did you get into music?
It wasn’t much of a choice at first. My parents had me start piano lessons in first grade. I would’ve rather been playing basketball, but instead I was inside practicing piano. Now that I’m older, I’m very thankful they got me started in music. It has become something I can’t imagine living without.
When did you first decide to specialize in guitar and vocals?
I was sixteen when I stopped my piano lesions and picked up a guitar. That was the end it. I started trying to write songs and caught the bug. I don’t know if it was ever a conscious decision to pursue music as much as it became something I felt I was supposed to do.
Who were your major influences growing up?
I grew up in Southwest Missouri, so I spent a lot of time looking up to local musicians/bands like Flick, Fern, and Johnny Q. Public. Outside of my local circle, I adored the Smashing Pumpkins. I song “Cherub Rock” made me want to pick up a guitar. I remember hearing the guitar line from that song while driving down the road and turning up my radio so loud I thought I was going to go deaf. I didn’t want to miss any of it.
What books have you read recently? Is there one you would recommend?
I’m probably an odd one in that I don’t read very much fiction. I’m always reading books on theology. Recently I’ve read “The Grand Weaver” by Ravi Zacharias, “Velvet Elvis” by Rob Bell, “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, but Nobody Wants to Die” by David Crowder. I’d recommend “What’s So Amazing About Grace?” by Phillip Yancey. It deals with how different our world would be if we could forgive. It’s amazing because I think we’ve all been wronged in life and understand how hard it is to forgive. We also know when we’ve wronged others and how freeing it is to be forgiven.
Is Austin at risk for losing its character and culture?
I think every place is at some risk of losing its character and culture. Thankfully, Austin is very rich in culture, so it would take a while for it to lose its feel. It is something city leaders and residents should be aware of. Austin’s greatest appeal is its character.