Editor’s Note: We’re trying this again. Getting 30 artists to answer the same question. For the month of September–one for each day–we’ll be getting 30 Lubbock-West Texas singer-songwriters to answer the following question. For the complete list of September answers, click here.
Is there a song that you’ve written that you find yourself singing with your eyes closed more often than not when performed live? Why?
“Whenever a song is new, I’ll often close my eyes while singing, try to focus on getting the words right. But I actually play with my eyes closed more often than not, regardless of the song. The title track from my last album A Thousand Dreams is one I probably have never sung with open eyes. It’s a song I wrote for my grandfather as he was trying to deal with the loss of his wife, my grandmother. I wrote it from her perspective, from beyond the grave, so to speak. I always want–and can’t really help–to sing that with the emotion and feeling and focus that I wrote it with. I don’t want to get distracted when trying to tell something of their story.”
—Keegan McInroe, songwriter