Impressions - Expressed


June 2016

I remember driving home one evening from Logan, almost finished recording the last bits of my first solo album. Those drives back home became as much a part of the album as the music itself... It occurred to me I had yet to come up with a "title" for the album as a whole. What a familiar step it was for me in the process of making music... Giving it a name. As if it's name would be the home it resided in for the rest of it's life... The wrong name means the wrong home. Giving a home to a single piece of music was fairly simple, but an entire album? Specifically a fourteen-track album that spanned years of my life and experience? It was a daunting task to say the least. But, I finally settled on the name "Impressions". The word felt like a blanket I could throw over the entire record, without leaving any pieces uncovered. After all, songs come from my own impressions, and hopefully move on to create more impressions for others. Simple as that. Plus, I like vague expressions that give people the opportunity for their own interpretation. That keeps me out of trouble.

As I am writing this, I wonder if I am wasting my time. Will anybody ever read this, or even care about what I have to say in the least? These were my same thoughts while recording "Impressions". As an artist you are always in question of the purposes behind your "work". The realization that you may be creating for the sole purpose of satisfying yourself, finding just another way to fill that empty void we are all so desperate to occupy... it is a debilitating feeling. But it is one I feel is necessary to uncover in order to combat.

So much of the time, your first step into a journey is less of a step, and more of a stumble. At the end of the day, I am proud of my first album. Not because it is perfect, well produced, well-written, ground-breaking, or was even given the full time and dedication it deserved. But because it is honest. It was created during a time of uncertainty, self-doubt, recluse, and general depression. (All human emotions that are regularly felt I will say, don't want to play the bleeding heart card here.)

This album reflects my faith in music. It is the first crop of the garden I began planting when I started writing my first pieces. I hope you, as a listener, are able to enjoy the rawness and variety of music contained in this first endeavor.


Morgan Thomas