I write pop songs and I put them out as albums on the internet for free or little charge because I have things that I want to sing about. Writing songs also helps me understand myself and helps me become a better human being. It is very healthy for all humans to have an outlet which they can use to discuss topics, grow, and make an impact on the world. I really believe that when songwriters say that they “write songs to make people smile and enjoy life” that they mean it just a little bit but at the same time what they’re really doing is creating art to better understand themselves. Part of creating art is selfish and I have learned that it is OK to say and believe that!
My wife Haley and I got a tattoo of this face from Hedwig And The Angry Inch shortly after we met. It was done in that moment of both of us saying “hey, yeah we really want to go through life together as a team”. From that tattoo grew the Zomo song “Black Little Face”, which appeared on the 2008 album Triangle of Drunk. I wanted to write a song about marriage and partnership but I did not want to write the typical boring “oh now I’m married and life is perfect” song because that’s not how life works. When my friend Dustin Miller and I wrote this song, he asked me if the tattoo hurt. I replied that it did not, and he came up with the only line in the song “Black Little Face, on the back of your arm, will not cause you any pain”. From that I told him that it would be neat to have that be the only line in the song and to have the chord changes be simple and easy. I came up with the G to Am to C to C/B to Am to G chord change. The lyrics and the chord changes all felt cyclical and wonderful. Our first take at this song featured myself on vocals and guitar while Dustin played the triangle. We only had a few days to put the basic tracks down so we made a version of the song repeating the chords and lyrics that went on for about 4-5 minutes.
Dustin was the one who came up with the lush orchestration and backing vocals for the song. I added nothing but the idea, the chords, and the basic track. I was really impressed by the work he did on the song and to this day it remains one of my favorite pieces of music that Dustin and I worked on.
I really enjoy listening to the music that Zomo wrote and recorded during our 10 year run. It is good to be proud of what you do!