Videos by American Songwriter
ARTIST: prattle on, rick.
HOMETOWN: Greensboro NC
CURRENT LOCATION: Nashville TN
AMBITIONS: to act justly, live simply, and be here now
TURN-OFFS: entitlement, tunnel-vision
TURN-ONS: self-awareness, dignity
DREAM GIG: Ryman Auditorium, of course!
FAVORITE LYRIC: “The only things worth living for are innocence and magic” – David Gray
CRAZIEST PERSON I KNOW: We’re all certifiable, and my wife is the person I know best and therefore have the most evidence on, so I’m going with her.
SONG I WISH I WROTE: “There She Goes”
5 PEOPLE I’D MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH: Woodrow Wilson, Victor Hugo, Terrence Malick, William Blake, Jürgen Klinsmann
MY FAVORITE CONCERT EXPERIENCE: Van Morrison & Mavis Staples, Volkshaus in Zürich, 1996
I WROTE THIS SONG: at least the music for it, fairly quickly. Then I sat on it for a couple of years until I sent a demo to a songwriting partner, Rebecca Jones. Something about the feeling of the melody, and probably the sound of my newborn son squealing in the background, inspired an idea. She sent me back a line or two, and this notion that parents’ unfulfilled dreams are often passed on to their children. Just days before I had been reading a biography about Paul McCartney; his father and father’s father had been aspiring musicians but ultimately faced the realities of the business and got proper jobs. You could say Sir Paul fulfilled their dreams, and then some. So with that premise, plus the idea I was cooking up of making an album about parenthood, I had what I needed. I finished the lyrics in pretty short order..