ALWAYS NEW IS NEW AGAIN. LET’S DO THIS.
Way back at the dawn of the millennium, way before social networks and streaming networks, I did a thing called Always New. I’d make a song every month and pair it with pictures, videos, journal entries, and whatever else I could think of. You trusted me to keep making stuff, and I trusted you to keep supporting me in making it. It was a blast, and I still sing lots of the songs that got created that way. I’m not quite sure why I stopped; maybe just got restless, and/or got lost in other ideas and tours and random rock adventures.
To celebrate my birthday this year, I’m starting up Always New again, as part of IDEAS (The Interdependent, Excellent Activities Society). I don’t plan on stopping. In fact, I’m going to make it more interactive and wide-open. Everyone who wants to will have a vote on what I make next. If a majority of you want a new song, I’ll do that. If you want me to do a cover, I’ll do that. If you want me to revisit an old tune of mine, we’ll do that. If there’s no clear majority, I’ll just see what feels fun, and go with that. Also, I’ll do an Always New streaming show/hangout every month to celebrate whatever got made, and whatever the themes are for the month. I just want to have fun with you, and support each other going through this life. I might do more full albums and such, I might even be on labels again someday, but to be honest, an ongoing conversation with people curious about what I’m making is all I could ever want in a life of music, so I’m gonna focus on that.
Always New is gonna be the heartbeat of IDEAS, so everyone involved with IDEAS will get whatever happens for free, along with everything else. You can join IDEAS now, at whatever level you like. You’ll get access to music, videos, and conversations that will never be on the social or streaming networks, free of trolls and ads and privacy violations. The music and art that’s already there is vast, and it’s gonna keep building. The dream right now is to get 333-ish people involved, chipping in whatever feels right. If we can get there, a lot can happen, and I’m not just saying that.
I don’t need much. If we can get to a place where my livin small rock life can be supported in a simple, personal, affordable way, then I promise endless music, free shows, and things we can’t even imagine yet.