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This week, the Blue Lines Blog interviews currently in Atlanta, writer, singer, and great performer, a friend I made dating back to a tornado hiting my house in 2005 who I reconnected to a year later. David Peterson of Revel The Masses (http://www.myspace.com/revelthemasses). Headlining February 13th in Purgatory at The Masquerade in Atlanta!!!
I: When did you first realize you wanted to be a singer/song writer?
A: When I was around 12 I decided that I wanted to take a lot of my poetry and turn them into songs.
I: How long does it take you to write a song?
A: It differs. Usually if I’m inspired I can write one in as little as 30 minutes. Some have taken years though. If it’s not perfect in my eyes, I’ll walk away and come back later to finish.
I: What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
A: I try to be with somebody usually. I like to surround myself with critical thinkers and people of a fairly intelligent nature so that I can get good direction.
I: What would you say is your interesting song writing quirk?
A: I try to use words that are dead to most people at times. I also try not to rhyme too much. If the words fit, they just fit.
I: Where do you get your information or ideas for your songs?
A: From personal experiences. I have never wrote a song that I didn’t connect with on a personal level. I believe that music is the key to the soul, and it’s the soul I love the most.
I: When did you write your first song and how old were you?
A: I was 14 when I wrote, “Book of Life”. I wrote it while sitting at my house thinking about how awesome it would be to stand before the Creator and (have) Him call my name.
I: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
A: I enjoy golfing and spending time with my family. The occasional night on the town isn’t out of the question.