Being in a wonderful place, personally, yet surprised by tragedy in the news makes me feel unsettled, confused; guilty. Another gun shooting at a school yesterday… While hanging out with friends last night, one of … Continue reading We need music more than guns; without art, we’d fall apart.
If I lost my iPhone, the person who found it could listen to dozens, maybe hundreds, of voice memos of my new song ideas. They would probably think, “This guy is the worst singer I’ve … Continue reading The Artist’s Gift of Seeing Potential
Recorded live with an iPhone and dumped into Logic; an unmixed sketch. “Winter Shows the Worst of My Ways” I’ve had enough of everything around me I haven’t seen the sun for days Hear the … Continue reading Mike Vial: “Winter Shows the Worst of My Ways”
In 2014, I’ve embraced a songwriting challenge to write a song a week! My friends and I are doing a game where we write a song around a common word or phrase each week and … Continue reading Mike Vial: “Burning Bright”
It took me a long time to realize the obvious: Bands and artists don’t burst onto the scene, even if it appears like they do. A teacher doesn’t become a principal–let alone the superintendent of … Continue reading Tortoise vs the Hare, Climb vs the Mountain
We’re almost done with 2012, but there are still two 5 for 5s to get to! Today’s interview is from Mike Vial, who probably played as many shows this year as there were days. He … Continue reading Middle of the Mitten: “5 for 5” with Mike Vial
The East Lansing-based venue, The Pump House, hosts prairie balladeer Scott Cook with special guest Mike Vial on Sunday. Cook, a Canadian-based songwriter, plays straight-talking tunes that weave together folk, roots, blues, reggae and soul. … Continue reading CityPulse: Pump It Up (Mike Vial)
To hell with it. I’m going to break the rules and add two songs from one artist – Mike Vial – to the Big Med Playlist for The Big One this morning. I was listening … Continue reading Big Medicine: Mike Vial & the Great Lake Effect – Reach Back/Ohio