If singer-songwriter Bobby Long has one solid piece of advice, it might be to keep playing the cello. That was his first instrument, which he foolishly quit playing when he was 12.
“I literally know as much as everybody else,” he told Giive a (bleep) with a laugh.
But Long is still pretty solid on anything resembling a guitar, and he has more than just one piece of advice.
His latest album, Ode to Thinking, is as thoughtful as they come, the result of changing perspectives and taking time with friends to look at events that matter in a social sense.
“I just feel like I’ve changed a little bit as a person. I’m a little bit more into my surroundings and socially,” Long said. “We have conversations about an article or a segment on the news or a bill that passed.
“I wasn’t necessarily trying to write from my perspective.”
So it’s fitting that an album that touched on social issues and examined new perspectives also saw Long giving back. The album was financed through crowdfunding on the website PledgeMusic. When the album reached its goal, Long donated a portion of the extra money to
This isn’t the first time Long has given back, nor looked at something socially with fresh eyes.
He learned about
“Going through it, I know kind of what to say now,” he said. “Before, I only thought I did.”
Ultimately, it’s about giving back and inspiring others to do the same, however you can, Long said.
“Music is so important,” he said. “It’s a trigger. We might raise a hundred dollars if I play a
Catch Long at McCabe’s in Santa Monica, where the new album’s sound — intimate and acoustic — should be perfectly reflected by the space. Long will take the stage on Aug. 1, and Ode to Thinking comes out Aug. 7. For more information, including tour dates, visit www.MusicBobbyLong.com.