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?
“I have to make a conscious effort to open my eyes when I sing. If I don’t force myself to open my eyes every once in a while, I’ll end up singing all my songs with my eyes closed. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve never felt completely comfortable singing in front of people or if it helps me focus on the feeling and lyrics of the song. I definitely try open my eyes more now, but I’ll probably always sing “God of Wind” and “Before the Drought” with my eyes closed. It brings me back to what I was feeling when I wrote them and helps recapture the emotion of the song. I doubt I could sing those songs with my eyes open if I wanted to.”
—Kenneth O’Meara, songwriter