Several years ago a Jaybird began visiting us. I guess my landlord fed it peanuts when it first showed up. Ever since, our yard is part of it’s base of operations. Even years after she stopped feeding it, at certain seasons it appears, checking the shed where she stashed her peanuts – and knocking on our windows.
Some mornings I hear it out there tapping while I’m still in bed, making its rounds. Often, I’m working at my desk when I’ll be startled by a sudden loud knock on the window near my head, distracting me, calling my attention away.
The Jaybird’s persistence reminds me of how songwriting occurs. As a songwriter, I’m constantly have an antenna out for inspiration. Sometimes it comes suddenly, an idea that knocks and then I’m scrambling for the little notebook in my pocket, or rushing home for a bigger page to capture a full lyric. And like the Jaybird, year after year, songs come searching, pushing me to write and to record.
To hear more about my current recording project, scheduled for release in 2019, go here: MOKAI’S 2019 ALBUM RELEASE