"Too Old for a Coming of Age Story..."
It was November 2014. The record was done and I had left Nashville for Montreal with my then partner. Our affair dissolved in Canada. I was really in love with this girl and as I left I asked her if she thought there could be any universal meaning to the end of our relationship. She told me I was too old to be looking for meaning. That I was too old for a coming of age story.
That stung a bit…also I had shelved my latest record because I didn’t quite understand what it was about. But with that one sentence, everything made sense.
“Too Old for a Coming of Age Story..,” is about feeling it’s too late to live a happy and meaningful life.
A year before Montreal, I had just moved to Nashville Tennessee. I would spend the next nine months there writing and recording what you’re hearing now.
This was a relatively slow pace for me. Previously I had written fourteen records in fourteen months under the Bashful Hips moniker.
This record is a political statement, but during the writing process it was completely unintentional. I was dealing with slum lords, college loans, class warfare, health insurance, poverty, global warming, workers’ rights, religion and financial insecurity. Every song mixes those topics with issues of the heart like depression, spiritual bankruptcy, isolation, love, suicide, dating, drugs, aging, sex, loneliness, regret and death.
“Too Old for a Coming of Age Story..,” is a Gonzo document of the frustrated American who was promised the dream, only to find it was a lie. But I’m not a politician, I’m an artist. My job is to observe and through what I create, report.
I still literally dream about the “American Dream”. I dream of a house, kids and a wife to grow old with. I don’t know how that will happen, it very well may not.
My life couldn’t be any more different than it was a year ago. But I’m excited to start writing about the alternative life I’ve found since this record has been completed.
When it comes to being too old to be looking for meaning, I say fuck that. I’ll always be looking for meaning in everything I see and do. There’s no reason for me to be on the planet if I’m not learning some lesson and trying to grow. No matter how old I get or how beautiful/ugly something is; I’ll look at it and write a story. Because that’s what artists do.
Bashful Hips currently does not have a permanent home. I do find myself spending the most time in Colorado though.
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