Listed below deals with what I’ve put together thus far, and should be updated as quickly or slowly as things change. For the few of you out there familiar with these works, comments and critiques are greatly encouraged and appreciated.
Life’s Too Short To Worry (2008)
1. Broken Lights
2. Life’s too Short to Worry
3. Hey Rain Keep Falling
4. I Don’t Care What You Think Anymore
6. Hanging On
7. What it Means to Me
8. Don’t Look Away
9. I Ain’t Going Down Tonight
10. Last I Ever Heard
Album cover photography done by Matt Gray. All songs written by Tommy Link, copyright 2008.
Analysis: Put together in order to have something to show for the work thus far, “Life’s too Short…” is a home recording of what I considered to be the best of the songs I had at the time. Though I don’t remember it being intentional, looking back at it, the album lives up to its name. While the recording quality is less than great and the songs for the most part simple in their meanings and composition alike. Many of the songs on it I play differently now then I did when I recorded them. Far from perfect, but it served its purpose in displaying the direction I plan on going and setting the foundation of things to come. As a place to start, “Life’s too Short…” turned simple gestures of emotions to song into something I could hold in my hand and appreciate.
Ready To Fall (2011)
1. Music in Your Soul
2. Broken Hearts
3. Surprise Surprise
4. Natural Appearances
5. Quiet on the Shoreline
6. No More Goodbyes
7. Hey Maggie
8. Wherever My Head Lies
9. The World That Fell to Pieces
10. Unimaginary Friend
11. Message from the Top of the World
Album cover photography done by Matt Gray. All songs written by Tommy Link, copyright 2011.
Analysis: Realistically, I would consider this a polished second attempt at a first disc. It’s still just vocals, guitar and harmonica, still a lot of stories and folk elements, still just me and my music. It’s just all much more refined in comparison to “Life’s too Short…”. Not only in the production, but the songs as well. The selections led to a thematic compilation of stories revealing my viewpoints on a variety of ideas: people, places, love, imagination, frustration, tragedy, destiny, self reflection and life in general. All very simple, all very honest, “Ready to Fall” offers the same insight you’d get if you sat down and asked “Tommy, what are your thoughts on…” whatever particular aspect of life you choose.