At the beginning of 2007, I released my album “A Tribute to Love“. It was a special project to me. It was me calling into wilderness and saying, “I want a partner to love in my life!” A couple years later, I met my wife.
The album was different from the start. I sold it for a higher price than my other albums. The recording style and some of the songs were less folk and more alternative. I heard complaints about “The Gosling Reborn” because the lyrics where bizarre. But my recording of “Star of the County Down” was posted on YouTube and is has tens of thousands of views there. The lyrics to the song “A Faint Heart” were written by a songwriter from Texas named Ande Rasmussen. They led to the meeting and eventual marriage of some friends Huntsville.
In fact, it was connecting with them recently that led me to decide to re-release A Tribute to Love.
The album was different from other music I offer. In fact, it reminds me a little bit more of my alter-ego before I started playing Celtic music–Ichabod Zeuss.
Ichabod was a nickname my friend Jimmy Rimmer gave me in college. In 1997, I decided to recorded my first solo album called Geography. I re-released the album last year. Last week, I announced that I would re-release A Tribute to Love. This week, I'm pleased to share it with you.
I did make one change to the name of the album. It's now called Love Actually. Yes, that is a direct rip off from the movie of the same name. But it is also the same message that I offered when I originally released the CD–this is love, in all it's forms.
To quote the movie, Love Actually:
Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around.
If you are hopeful romantic, then give the album a listen. Right now, you can only buy it from CD Baby and iTunes. It should be up on Amazon in a few days. I have no plans to re-release this as a physical CD. So download the album today!