In these years of writing and recording, I have gathered quite a wild palette of paints. In a way, Nobody Cries Today has actually been my teacher. As I have written these songs, each of them has been like a tiny rowboat to get me from one day to the next.
These songs have witnessed me in the years that I was in the throes of trying to find acceptance for myself and for the world I’m living in. As a gay man of southern origin, this proved to be a tall order.
These songs have also helped me to explore things like zest for life, discontent, hunger, truth, and hope.
All but one of these songs were recorded in 2016—just months before I nearly lost my life in a shooting. On January 20, 2017, I was shot in the chest by a sixteen-year-old who was attempting to steal my car. Miraculously, I lived.
This moment in my life created my new center of gravity and re-ordered my whole view and understanding of everything I’ve experienced in this lifetime.
I’m now on the other side of that long nighttime, and I’m so excited to sing these nine songs for anyone who will listen. Nobody Cries Today contains every bit of earnestness, desire, and love that I have to give.