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Ch-ch-ch-changes..... 

Things are looking a little different around here......  I needed to split up the two music endeavors to best promote them so I have made this website to reflect that.  On the Flint Zeigler side of things, you will be finding out all the news, songs and updates here.  On the Pennydreadfuls front, you will simply link over to the Pennydreadfuls Home page.  Simple enough.  So what is the difference?  Well, as most of you know, I have played across the country as a solo, acoustic artist.  I still love to travel and will be continuing to build on being a singer/songwriter.   I am going to be releasing solo projects that will be folky, acoustic and simple.  I love the rock side of things too and that will be where the Pennydreadfuls come in.  I hope it all makes sense, if it doesn't right now, it will soon..... trust me.  Well, don't REALLY trust me.......

Random Thinking 

I was talking with my dear friend Ryan Earnhardt at Lumen Audio in Asheville, NC about some recording projects and ideas I had the other day and he made a statemant about the line that is being drawn between the artist that can actually play live and the artist that is simply made from the computer recording age we are in.  The short conversation we had has been replaying in my mind ever since.  Am I one who can actually pull off a live show, or maybe better, do I thrive in a live enviroment.  I can remember the day when it was more likely to be said, that band is soooo much better live, their recordings don't do them justice.  Now I hear, I really liked their cd, but when I saw them live..... (fill in the blank with a negative comment.)  And what is it that I am striving for?  Am I after musical perfection?  Do I want to have perfect pitch, nail every note and never start a song too fast?  Is it just the level of the players?  I have been to many shows that I am not impressed with the songs but I really like one of the players.  Maybe the drummer has "it" or the rhythm player.  Are we in a day in age where every player has to have a college degree and an impressive resume?  I won't get into my opinion about college degrees right now, but it's bound to offend when I do.  What leaves me wanting to hear more when I see a show or a musical experience is honesty.  Not if the artist only used "true" instruments, but if they were caught up in what they were offering.  I do not watch many large concerts, but when there are lots of dancers, screens, props, fire and guest musicans, I usually tend to think it's a cover up.  I have been always taken by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco.  I love the band shows, but I also love the solo acoustic shows.  Always seems sincere to me.  And the list goes on and on, really.  I try to make sure I am fully into what I am putting out, if a song loses it's depth to me, then I either drop it or rework it so it grabs me again.  I sometimes get asked how I can play the same song over and over and if I get tired of it.  But what they are not seeing is how these songs are a part of me, a slice of me.  They are memories and visions, scars and dreams.  These songs are things I have seen and things that I long to live.  I can't think of anyone who doesn't enjoy going through old family photos.  My three year old daughter loves to go through pictures on my phone and in our photo albums.  I am buying what I'm selling, I guess.  Isn't that what makes this real?  I want to think we are in a time where we are comparing apples to apples.  When I go to see an upcoming singer/songwriter, I am not looking for amazing lead guitar lines.  When someone says they are a traditional blues player, I don't expect them to have the sounds of a rap artist.  I think an artist can be great by simply being true to who they are and living it, doing it. 

Charlotte, NC 

Really looking forward to playing the Gin Mill in Charlotte, NC this weekend.  Great vibe from that place and you can tell when an owner cares.  It reminds me a lot of playing in Pennsylvania with my band Grantham Road when I get in there.  Seems familiar, like old times.  Seems like the kind of building that warms up to old tube amps and rock and roll.  We have been working on some new songs to add to the set list.  I have been working on really nailing down a "sound" for the Pennydreadfuls.  Right now we are still a lot like Grantham Road was, and that is fine, really, but I know that we are moving in a new direction too.  I think that is the point of music, to keep creating.  I know that some bands are just recycling old, popular songs and sounds.  You can look on the internet and find out exactly what pedal to buy and how to turn the knobs so it sounds like 'Smoke On The Water' or whatever.  I also won't say that I am completely original, I have been influenced and guided.  But what I stay true to is this: I am what I am.  I create and write based on what I live, love and experience.  I want to be influenced, but not necessarily by music.  I rarely listen to music, it has to be something that really moves me.  Lately it's been Kathleen Edwards new one, I also have Tom Waits new one on standby, ready to listen to when the right  mood hits.  I try to allow my everyday events create pictures and words, ideas and melodies, songs and rhythms.  It's taking my daughter to feed the ducks, it's watching her fall asleep, it's reading, riding my bike, talking to the neighbors, building something in the backyard or going to dinner with my wife.  These are my 'sounds'.  These are the things that, I believe, make me a little different.  It's not that I'm groundbreaking, I never claimed to be, I am simply comfortable in my own skin.  But each song has a meaning.  Each song has something about it that, every time I play it, I go back to that time, place or feeling and relive it a little.  And, maybe, each time someone else hears it, it takes them back too........ 

Oh. Dear. God. 

We just got some promo pics done for the Dreadfuls deal.....  I look old.  I also look a little worn.  I feel even worse.  Of course, I am writing this from Pennsylvania where there is about 6 inches of snow, it is presently raining and it is 20 to 40 (!) degrees colder than I am used to at my North Carolina home.  COULD be that......  Hoping to have some new pics and a the new video up here soon.  If you want to jump the gun, search the PennydreadfulsViolent Red on youtube......  Thanks for stopping by the site!  Feel free to email me how young I look!

Competition vs Art 

I am writing this because I feel I need to explain why I don't participate in certain popular things that it seems most other musicians/bands do.  I am frequently asked these questions:  Why don't you enter so and so contest?  Why don't you guys play that battle of the bands?  Why aren't you trying out for American Idol?  Here is the simple explanation, I keep my art separate from competition.  To me art is not something that can "win".  It is not "better" than someone else's art.  It is different and meant to be different.  I have always thought of art as the expression of myself, the outlet for and of things that I have no other way of getting out.  Art is, to me, the parts of me and the thoughts of mine that you cannot see.  It is often the serious side of me.  It is often the side that is more emotional and more insightful.  Do I feel that art can or should be judged?  Yes, but only by an individual.  Where I see the problem coming in with one person or a panel of people saying 'this is better than this' is that it not taints the opinion of others.  For whatever reason we, as humans, seem to value the opinion of certain people more than our own.  Celebrities, other musicians, friends, the random internet commenter; we will allow ourselves to filter the art as to what they have already judged it as. 

I didn't get into music for the free drinks, women and drugs.  I chose to write and play because it has always been art to me.  It is a place where I can go and explore the interior of my own mind and begin to discover who I am.  I have been able to put on paper thoughts and opinions and stare at them to see if they are really what I believe in. This is the art that I create, and often, it is what creates me.  I am constantly changing and rethinking my ideals and opinions due to the fact that, as I write, I am facing these things head on.  As I work a line or a song over the course of a week or month or maybe a year, I am forcing myself to take that thought to the furthest point.  To see where the end is or where it takes me to. 

This is why I have never played a battle of the bands, this is why you do not see me begging for people to "like" my facebook page, this is why I understand that I will not fit into certain venues because I am not, and I choose not to be, a cover band.  Almost everyday I get emails about entering some kind of contest for my music.  Everyday, those emails are deleted as soon as I read the subject line. 

This world loves competition and numbers.  I think that the reason most people do is because it is so easy to measure that way.  It is easier to measure the number of people that visited my website than to try to measure how much a song affected someone and made them think.  How can we put a measure on how a word choice caused someone to reevaluate their own role in life?  How can we put a measure on a chord voicing that turned someone's melancholy mood into a rebirth of their own spirit?  I would rather choose the path that, to me, has the reward of something deeper than I can number.

Where are we? 

Well, good question.  I am sitting at my house in NC writing things that I end up just erasing because I don't feel like finishing the entire thought.  I am working on booking shows, as always.  I am realizing that it is becoming harder and harder to find good venues that want real music.  I am working on new songs, new thoughts, new ways of creating.  I am wondering if anyone listens much anymore.  I am thinking about how difficult it is to keep everything in life balanced. 

The Pennydreadfuls are booking shows, just added a date in Washington, NC.  We have videos almost ready to post and a slew of new things I can't wait to reveal.  We are enjoying the holidays and gearing up for 2012.  I hope everyone has a great Christmas and a great New Year.  Drop me an email, I always enjoy hearing from you.....

Influence 

I am asked rather frequently about my influences with music and I usually spout off the musicians and bands that I like in hopes that it will appease whoever is asking and we can move on. It seems very difficult for me to really explain in detail about all the things that have affected me to write and style my music the way that it comes out. Not only that but to state an influence and have the person that asked not be fully aware that this conversation is a snapshot of my life at that exact moment, not something that takes into account the ongoing process, is so restricting and feels very small. We are all made up of the events and occurences that happened before us and to us. So to talk about the influences on my music we would need to start with the time I was raised, my parents, their relationship, my childhood, friends, the rural area I lived, the things that were happening in the world and I heard about or maybe didn't even know were happening and I was sheltered. After thinking about the subject for some time now I am convinced that these kinds of things hold more weight to me sounding like me than sharing that I was into The Mavericks, Green Day, Dwight Yoakum, Tool, The Beach Boys and Stevie Ray Vaughn as a teenager.

I have also become keenly aware that I view myself as a writer, not necessarily a musician, first and then acknowledge the presence of music, melody and rhythm. The books and authors I love and have been exposed to are more dear to me than the cd's and cassettes that I have bought. Even though I fell in love with The Ghost of Tom Joad and Cold Roses and still find myself singing childhood songs of Gemini, my personal life has been more directed by books like Seawolf, The Divine Comedy, The Most Dangerous Game, The Ragamuffin Gospel, Where The Sidewalk Ends, Thus Said Zarathustra, The Basic Writings of Sigmund Freud, Somewhere A Band Is Playing, Care Of The Soul, Letters To A Young Poet,Bridge To Terabithia, The Catcher In The Rye and Shakey. These are what are more telling of what I see myself as, a writer.

And what about the countless friends I have made and lost? The suicides and death, the lives I watched grow up, the people I have helped and been helped by, aren't these more influential than bands like The Offspring and Rich Mullins? I have traveled a good bit and I have seen things that many other people have never, and will never, see. The moments when nature causes one to sit quietly and remember what life is for. I would put it out there that these are the influences I am trying to channel when I sit down to write or begin to sort out melodies. And maybe they sound a lot like Bruce Springsteen not because I am trying to sound like him, but because he was in the same place, channeling the same influences, at one time.