Axixic

Axixic

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Country - Alternative | Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico
Total Song Plays: 112   
Member Since: 2016
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On Becoming Axixic

I discovered music in 1965 when I was eight years old. Country music dominated in my home and I didn't know there was anything else - just Jim Reeves and Patsy Cline. I was aware of The Beatles, of course, but they never got played at my house.

Then someone (it may have been my grandmother) gave me Beatles '65 - my first LP. That changed everything. 'I Feel Fine' - just 2:19 in length - was unlike anything I had ever heard before. Eventually I grew to love all the songs on the LP (and all the other Beatles' LPs) but 'I Feel Fine' changed me.

There was a kid who lived on the block behind mine who also loved The Beatles. Wayne was ten. Two years older is a lot at that age, but we became good friends. While other kids we knew were playing 'Army', Wayne and I played 'Group'. We pretended we were writing songs by putting our own words to existing ones - Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Animals - Wayne's older brothers (he was the youngest of four boys) had rich collections of 45s and LPs and we devoured them.

Someone gave Wayne a hand-me-down guitar and a book of chords and we struggled to learn to play. Later, I would turn to drums but always kept my hand in on guitar, especially once I got one of my own. I got good; Wayne got phenomenal.

We taught each other how to write songs. And we wrote a LOT of them.

Wayne was born to be a performer; I was not. I got a job, got married, started a family - Wayne gigged. But we kept writing - original songs for Wayne to record and perform. He developed a loyal following and performed until his health no longer allowed it.

Wayne really only wanted to perform pop music. He was the performer; we did what he wanted. If I came up with an idea for a country song and had a great hook or some interesting lyrics we would do it - but never jazz, folk, or bluegrass.

So I got the idea to do my own album. Country, jazz, bluegrass, folk - the stuff Wayne didn't really want to do. I toyed with this idea for years.

I collected song ideas. The album would be about the illusion of separateness (that was the working title for a long time). Songs about splitting up, feeling apart, aloneness. Two divorces provided lots of fodder for the theme.

I moved to Mexico and started working on it. A few songs were already written but I needed more. While writing and recording, the idea evolved further and some positive stuff started to creep in (it happens).

For years I carried around this metaphor to describe two contradictory ideas: living in the moment -or- doing one thing when you really should be doing something else. That metaphor was 'dancing on the moon' and it seemed to describe what I was doing in Mexico. I decided to turn it into a song and, loving irony, decided it should be a pop song to bring the thing full circle.

The album took a year to complete.