Gunpowder My Gunpowder
Ode to my home river

To be honest I was miffed:

How could cartographers leave the Gunpowder out?

As penned on the banks of the river

My response was to right this song. Yes, the Susquehanna River is the Chesapeake Bay’s largest tributary, and the Potomac River is bigger too and also drains the Shenandoah Valley. But to look at a map of the drainages of the Chesapeake Bay and to leave the Gunpowder out downright irked me on too many levels to count. But what is a hydrologist to do? And who do I complain to? My philosophy: Never complain and never explain, and rather get down to the business at hand. And specifically, that means telling the story of a pretty special river that sadly people don’t know exists, or sorely misunderstand. The opening line to the song came to me while hiking the river trail just above Jerusalem Mills. I refined the lyrics in the following days in the loft overlooking a brook that feeds the river. But it wasn’t until returning to Florida that I finally put the final touches on the song, and in particularly the last two lines.

Where does this song rank in the Maryland song canon? Behind the Star Spangled Banner and Maryland My Maryland, I’m having trouble coming up with a third. That being the case, I’ll rank it 2nd since Maryland My Maryland is a knock off of Oh Tanenbaum.

Rising to the occassion
And why its easier said than done

When it comes to singing or writing a song …

It’s all about seizing the moment.

That doesn’t mean it ever goes down like planned. It never does. That’s what being an artist is all about. Sure, you have a concept in mind. That doesn’t mean it’s going to work … or at least come together like you thought it might. But let’s also be honest: The only regret is knowing that you decided not to do something instead of going out and doing your best. The truth is that we’re never as prepared as we like, but that’s also where the fun comes in. I have a hunch that fits in somewhere in the Tony Doctrine.

Third is a charm
A major milestone

For as quickly as my first two albums appeared …

The third one has become bogged down.

Listen to Album No. 2

The reason? For one I’ve been bogged down by other projects, with the most notable of those bringing Nature Folk Inc to life. And I’d like to say I’ve been working on big picture items, but it truth it’s always the little hiccups and roadblocks that consume most of my time. But recently, I feel like I’ve made major strides on a number of fronts. And yes, even better I’m working on a new song. The thing about this one: It stands a chance of becoming my big breakthrough. Or more than likely it will be just another forgettable song … until the musical landscape changes years from now and finally my music get’s its proper day in the sun. Here’s to dreaming!

Songwriter’s secret
There is no secret

Everybody asks me:

“Bobby Angel what’s your next song?”

Sometimes you just go with it

The truth is: I don’t know. It’s whenever the muse strikes. As for the topic? That too is anybody’s guess. For example, I’m currently working on a one hit wonder. I know what you’re thinking: Isn’t that being presumptuous? Actually, it’s the point of the song. How I got on the topic I’m not even sure other than I know if I don’t run with it, I’ll never get it done thus relegating it to the great dust heap of good ideas never acted upon. I’m not saying I’m a great song writer or even less a good musician. But I do think when this song is done it will be the cornerstone of my next album, tentatively titled One Hit Wonder Machine.

Welcome to my studio
In a hectic world, this is my creative space

While you never quite know …

When (or where) inspiration may strike:

My studio is as much a place as a state of mind

All artists need a place to bring it all home.

That’s where my studio comes in.

What is my studio? It’s where I both create new content and organize my anthology, and most of share what I’m doing and have done with my fans. Part sanctuary and part a work-in-progress, it’s the hub where the rubber meets the road and my art comes to life. Otherwise and without it, all my songs would have drifted indifferently into the universe and, with even more certainty, neither of my two albums would have ever come to life.