Joe Purdy, Musician

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.Joe Purdy isn't a man who gets easily distracted. In the last eight years, he's released twelve albums while maintaining a rather active tour schedule. You would think that with that kind of focus, Joe has discovered a rare secret, but truth be told, he just knows what he wants to do. "If I really want to get it done, I will. I had a lot of catching up to do, you know--I didn't even write my first song until I was twenty-one," he said, adding, " I don't know why but when I wrote my first song, I was just like this is what I'm going to do. I finally found what I'm going to do. Like this is it. There was just no question, this is what I was waiting for. And then shit just started coming out so I just started writing like crazy, I just had a lot of time to make up for. "

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At the beginning of his career, when the music was just pouring out, Joe let nothing stand in the way. He spoke of losing jobs and breaking plans to work on a song because at the time, he felt that once a tune came to him, it needed to be finished and recorded immediately. "...Art just came first, above all, that's what mattered. Because when I'm gone, that's all that's gonna be left behind. If you don't do it when you've got it, then you'll never do it and you'll never have it. That's just what I figured anyway. And now that I have a job that I like, which is playing music, it's a little less easy to just not go somewhere and use the excuse of music because you are going to play for people, " Joe told me. These days, when an idea comes to him, he relies on the technology at hand, such as the "Voice Recorder" on his iPhone, to get his ideas out. With this drastic change in his process, one might think that perhaps it's affected his songs in someway, but Joe doesn't think so. "I think it all turns out the same. It all comes out in the wash... When it turns out well is when I have bits and pieces of a song and the rest of it hasn't happened yet. That's why you can't ever stop moving, you can never stop living life either because sometimes the song hasn't ended... how they end hasn't happened yet so you have to live to find out what's gonna happen." It's an interesting way to go about writing songs, but you'd be hard pressed to argue that it hasn't worked for this musician.

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. The troubador's evolved method of songwriting has allowed him a little more freedom, in that his current transient lifestyle can proceed while still providing opportunity for an ongoing creative output. What this does not allow for though, is the room for diversion. "If you're really doing what you're doing, then your work becomes your social life. You get a group of guys that you learn to play with and then you go out and play all the time and then the people that come to see you, you get to know them, and the people that hang around...that becomes your family and that's how you have a good time. I mean, I've never really seen much of a use in going places if I didn't have a purpose in being there...Just because it's a lifestyle. And if you really mean it, you mean it. And if you don't, you don't. And if you half-ass it, then you're going to get the same results. It's just what it is. But I wouldn't have it any other way."

.. It's obvious musicians don't keep normal business hours, but Joe feels that life as an artist goes beyond that, saying, "You're always on. You're always waiting for the next song. It's kind of like a 24-hour job. And the only reason I think we get away with it is because it's what we want to do. It's just one of those choices." He turned to Eric Fink of The Giving Tree Band, who had just walked into the room, "What do you think E?"

. "I think that's about right. That about sums it up, man."

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Please visit Joe's website to learn more about him and hear his music.