Sweet Happy Sadness
I've always loved music. My parents had a band when I was a kid and I remember loving the way the instruments looked and sounded. I wanted to be a drummer then. I wanted to have all those drums and symbols to play with. My dad bought me a snare and I cut a hole in the head, and that was the end of my drumming career. I continued to be a lover of music. My early influences were the Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Willie Nelson and Bob Seager. Later, as I picked out my own music, I listened to Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, The Boomtown Rats, Blondie and The Who to name a few. I always sang along with these albums. I got a chance to be in a cover band in my late twenties. That gave me an appetite to do my own thing. My first original effort was called The Perilous Witts. The second was called Droplet. Each endeavor was a labor of love and I learned valuable lessons about myself, people and of course music. The latest music incarnation is called Orents Stirner. The name came about when I was trying to say Lawrence Fishburn and instead said, 'Orents Stirner.' My wife somehow got who I was triing to say! In this group I play guitar and sing, Tom Bonner plays drums, Brian Baldwin plays bass and Pablo Loco plays lead guitar. We recorded 'Sweet Happy Sadness' under a full moon in June of 2006. The title refers to that feeling you get when you are struck by something beautiful and sad at the same time and everything else just melts away. We recorded 'Sweet Happy Sadness', with that in mind. The album is made up of rehearsed and improvised songs.