Category Archives: Songwriting

New show + new music?

stillsmokingmodestoAnother upcoming live show, this time in Modesto, California. My first time playing there. Have I even BEEN there? It’ll be part of their Third Thursday Art Walk and I’ll be part of an art show featuring artists Monica Gunderson and Kundalini Chrysalis. I love playing unconventional gigs like this.

Also, I’m considering putting out some new and previously unreleased music soon! I’ve got a couple of new songs I’m excited about, and several old songs that are fully recorded but just never saw the light of day until now.

Weight Of The World

The show last Tuesday went great! Thank you so much to Club Revolt and The Press Club for having Dream In Red and James Perry! I am now actively booking more shows so watch out for more soon.

So in addition to working on some new songs, I’m returning to my old work and considering which songs I’d like to perform live again. There are certain songs I just can’t relate to anymore or that I feel are downright weird and inappropriate to play live now (that can happen when the girl you wrote a whole album about is now dead… RIP Katie). But one that I just dusted off tonight was interesting to revisit… Weight Of The World. This was from a National Solo Album Month project I did about ten years ago called Stuck. At the time I was feeling really down about life. I’d developed tendinitis in my wrist and had to stop playing guitar for awhile, I hated my job, I felt like I was going nowhere in terms of my music, my career, my financial situation, my love life… blah blah blah, boo hoo.

So here I am ten years later. And the James Perry that wrote that song had NO idea what being stuck or feeling the weight of the world is! I’ve lived a lot more life since I wrote that song and fallen into much deeper despair at times than where I was at that point in my life… but I also had no idea how FREE I could feel too after I finally learned to take control of my life and go after what I wanted and needed in life instead of just passively letting life happen to me. I’m in a far better place now.

Anyway, here’s the song! In spite of everything I’ve just said about it, I still like the song, and I’m sure I’ll be playing it again soon.