Start Somewhere was recorded by me, Stephen Brown, in January of 2016. These are the first songs I ever wrote and recorded entirely by myself. Many were done in one take.
If anything, I think this collection of songs is a testament to the fact that anyone can make music. I never thought I'd record a song that I was happy with - and granted, these songs could have been a lot better - but as I look back, I'm happy with the way they sound because I know I've grown from where I was and will continue to grow.
These songs came from a place of extreme loneliness and are all written about events in my life from 2013-2015. I'm still working my way out of that loneliness, and I still don't have any answers. I'm not ready to say what lesson I learned. I'm not ready to say that everything is going to be all right. I miss so many people and it seems I can never keep my head straight when it matters.
At least when it comes to music, which matters so much to me, I know I can only improve from here. I will hold on to that.
released February 16, 2016
Tucker Cragun, McKay Ogden, Kyle Coburn, Carson Garner, who were some of my best friends in the entire world. Things changed, but I think I'll always cherish the memories we made and the contributions you all made to my world view.
Hayden Call - I think I understand a little better now, but what you did to me in 2014 was so fucked up. You didn't ruin me - only I have that much control over myself. But what you did was wrong. I won't forget that, but I can forgive you. I truly hope you are happy. I don't think of you in May anymore.
Leila. You seem like a part of the sun. You don't know this, but sending you songs for review was in part what motivated me to start recording things in the first place.
Savanna Jones. Winter was so cruel but I had something to hope for.
Also pizza, Futurama, It's Always Sunny, DeWe, Snoop Lion, Conner Partridge, Maryn Brady, Mary Brown, my little brothers, Smith Knowles (Fuck you guys. Fuck Capitalism.), Polly Pace, Kylie Otteson, Ian Pougher, Julia Lisle, Mariah Andreasen, Conor Flynn, Derek Erickson, Derek Raschke, Tinder Girls, that one girl on Tumblr that favorites all my stuff, as well as anyone else I forgot to mention who had a big influence in my life during this time.
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