New Tradition :: Acoustic Wednesdays
Every week I will sit in front of one lonely microphone and perform a cover or original tune that you can download free here: http://bit.ly/VLiF3O This week I chose to do an acoustic rendition of High Resolution Color. I performed it in this format at the Dakota and really liked how it felt in such a stripped down format. Taking requests for next week starting now. Feel free to email them over...
Anyone who believes their own self importance to be of greater consequence than that of humanity as a whole, has never stood next to the vastness of the ocean..
Before leaving Minnesota I started recording demos for my second album. This is a song called Hummingbird, and it was written about the allure of the atypical. Being attracted to someone who allows their unique qualities to show, rather than trying to assimilate with the elusive and flawed concept of being normal.. https://soundcloud.com/michaelshynes/hummingbird
Packing for Los Angeles
The greatest experiences in life are prefaced by the most anxiety. This is something I’ve always felt. 2 hours ago I stood outside the front door of my childhood home as the snow fell silently, and visualized myself playing football with my brothers in the street. I thought about how things change, and my desire to freeze and encapsulate time. I drove up town to buy an adapter for my phone,...
An Affirming Moment
This Message showed up in my Inbox this morning and brought tears to my eyes. Thank You Travis: “Michael, I live in north eastern Ohio. I randomly stumbled on your music about a month ago on iTunes, and ended up buying your album. I’m not sure what it is about your stuff, but I listened through your cd countless times since I’ve bought it. I think it’s because I sense you...
‘Thank You’ in advance to everyone who is able to make it out to The Dakota tonight. Two years ago the only show that I was able to get in the cities was at an Applebee’s playing for tips. Things have come a long way since then, and it has been the unwavering support of friends and loved ones that has made it all possible. So grateful for all of you..
For My Father
When my Dad’s conditioned worsened over the last few months, my mind was made up that if he wasn’t able to keep fighting, I would honor him by writing a song for his funeral service. Music has always been the most natural way for me to express my emotions, so when I sat down down after the way that the last 3 years have felt, the words came quickly. I started writing at 9 PM the...
I totaled my car on Interstate 94 this past Saturday, and as I watched the dust settle from the airbags and stared at the spider web of broken glass on the windshield, I have never felt more calm. This should have been devastating. It should have broken my spirit. The delicate balance of trying to make a living playing music doesn’t allow for such expenses, but rather it made everything...
The Good Life
Recently at a show, I met an awesome human being by the name of Peter Baehr. He just did a feature on me for his new Magazine Style Blog called “The Good Life.” Topics of conversation include the meaning behind the song We Were Tigers, my advice for other Indie Artists, and various Life Mottos.. http://peterbaehr.wix.com/the-good-life#!home/mainPage
Uncertainty Can Be Desirable
Solo acoustic at The Local Blend tonight. There are a number of qualities that I enjoy about the little venue on Minnesota Street, but atop the list is always the opportunity to reach new sets of ears in a natural way. Its always a confidence boost when someone finds one of my songs on the internet, and takes the time to let me know how much they appreciated it. But there is nothing quite like...