"I knew halfway through listening to it that I was going to put the song in the movie. It was beautiful...it was authentic. Here was a guy singing in an honest, authentic way about what it's like to search for purpose, and it became very important for me to include this song in the credits. It lent a voice to the enormous amount of people who have lost jobs in this country."
Jason Reitman, director of UP IN THE AIR
"Your story is so rich on so many levels, and offers hope to all artists working hard to be recognized."
Jeff Maxwell, KFWB 980 AM, Los Angeles
"I just want to thank you for your existence. I'm not able to find words for the feeling I have when I listen to your songs."
Geneva Wood, internet music fan
I grew up listening to the magical and inspired songs of artists like the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, CSNY and many other artists. I wondered if I could be capable of writing meaningful songs, too, and I started doing so in high school. I heard melodies in my head, and I felt a strong desire to create songs that reflected my reactions and emotions to what I was reading about and observing in my daily life...
"Up in the Air" proved to be one of the most serendipitous moments of my life. What were the odds that a song I'd written about uncertainty and restlessness would have the same name as a major motion picture to be shot in St. Louis, with the director, Jason Reitman, even coming to my collegiate alma mater to talk about it? Powerful forces were at work that day, that's all I can say!
I LOVE communicating with people through music. When someone responds to a song you've written and sung, it's unlike any other sensation you could have. I've had people say touching, flattering things to me at times that absolutely stayed with me. I try to tap into universal experiences in my songs, and if I succeed, based on someone's reaction, it's a truly transcendent thing.
I grew up listening to the classic music of The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, CCR and many other artists. But Neil Young was the songwriter who compelled me so much that I started to dream about writing songs myself. His voice and his aesthetic resonated strongly with me. At Kirkwood High School, I began penning tunes and lyrics in the cafeteria, wondering if my songs could one day be memorable enough to share. And the British wunderkind producer and composer Brian Eno changed my understanding of all the many things that were possible in the music making process. One day I wrote a song about life's daunting uncertainties, called "Up in the Air." Miraculously, I was able to get this song into the hands of acclaimed film director Jason Reitman. And as a result, many of my dreams started to come true...
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