New single, LEARNING THE HARD WAY, is out!

My new single, Learning the Hard Way, is now out!  Check it out and, if you wouldn't mind, share it!

This is a cover of a Gin Blossoms song that I recorded earlier this summer.  I don't usually do covers, but this song just got me because it really helped to give words to what my wife and I have been experiencing this past year.  She has been dealing with an undiagnosed illness for a year and it has hit us hard.  Our life was put on hold as we were bounced around from doctor to doctor, having test upon test run.  All the while fighting with doctors and insurance to take us seriously.  It pushed us beyond our limits - to the point where one day I threw an ink pen at our kitchen cabinets and immediately punched a wall and broke my hand.  Not a great thing when you're a guitar player! 

Throughout all this we've had our junk laid out before us and have had to deal with some hard things - not only physically but mentally, emotionally, and relationally.  I fully believe we're better for it.  I also believe you can't get to true goodness without going through hell.  That just seems to be the way it goes.  I'm not sure there's any other way to learn than the hard way.  So that's why this song stuck out to me and why I felt compelled to put my own version of it out there.

When I asked my wife what the cover art for this song should be she said it should be ink splatter - like what our kitchen looked like after I threw that pen.  She said that moment was kind of the epitome of our experience this past year.  There might have been easier ways to learn about expressing feelings and frustration than breaking your hand and splattering ink all over the kitchen.  But, it's what I needed and it was definitely the hard way. 

I hope you enjoy this song and I hope you won't be afraid to go through the darkness to get to the dawn.  It's not fun.  It's not what we would choose.  But it's good.  And goodness seems worth it to me.

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