Homespun Seals is an umbrella for an original-songs-focused 3 EP digital presentation called the "The Sketchbook Series."
In addition to having previously unpublished songs, this project has also been a chance to reimagine various songs I've written over the last 25 years. These are songs that felt previously off-limits to solo or duo performances as they had originally been designed for full band performances or other singers.
Starting in the summer of 2020, I began the disassembling / reassembling process on a number of songs. Sometimes this meant creating a new vocal part over what used to be a violin or guitar solo section, sometimes it meant making adjustments to tempos or altering chord changes. Other times it meant completely re-arranging the song, adding new sections or cutting out other sections. And it also provided a chance to update lyrics and modify choruses – maybe to a lyric that seemed more appropriate to the current time instead of 1999, or to a lyric that felt truer to the real purpose of the song.
Regardless, like a raft bouncing down a narrow canyon river, the project quickly gathered momentum. One after another kept pouring out and soon my iPhone recording app was full of these reinventions. Each of the 3 EP’s are intended to have 6 to 7 songs.
Chapter 1: A Charcoal Afternoon (Aug 2021)
Chapter 1: An Evening in the Margins (Nov 2022)
Chapter 3: COMING IN LATE 2023
A minute preview of "So Far Away (Foot by Foot)" set to video.