It’s been 25 years since I released “57” on Parasol Records, which received some good reviews, including 3 1/2 out of 4 stars by the Chicago Tribune.  Since then, I’ve helped build a family, received Bachelor and Master Degrees in English and a Law Degree.  I also found interest in studying family history.  A few years ago, my kids and I were listening to some of my old recordings, and I told them about a part of my story.  As I told my kids about recording and playing live, I started to realize that I didn’t want something I released when I was in my early 20s to be the last word passed down to my children, grandchildren and future generations.  My wife purchased some recording software and a microphone for me, and I embarked on recording some songs that were representative of my current stage in life.  The music industry experienced a revolution in the past 25 years.  Most aspects of this revolution benefit independent artists.  As I listened to more recent music, I found a plethora of well-produced music.  I wanted to record something bare and timeless that breathes, something I could play anytime and anywhere, as long as I have my twelve-string and a harmonica.  As I began recording, I realized the gift of living in the middle; middle class, middle age, middle generation, middle child.  When you stand in the middle, you have the best view of it all.  I further realized that I miss making music.  I am happy with my place in life.  I put down some songs and released a free album called "The Gift of the Middle."  I would like to share it with you.  If these songs can bring you joy, solace or anything good, I want you to have them.  All I ask in return is that you send me a quick email at  Also, please let your friends know about these songs and send them to, so that I can share this music with as many people as possible.  You can also Follow on Twitter.  To my surprise, people seemed to appreciate my new material, and I have developed a pretty sizable following on social media, especially Twitter.  I decided to record another record.  The result of this new effort is "Passion of a Seasoned Rookie."  In so many ways, I feel I am beginning again in music, but this time, I have no grand ambitions and more wisdom.  If you enjoy "The Gift of the Middle," I hope you will give a listen to "Passion of a Seasoned Rookie."  Thanks.  All the best,  Whitty