Folk-pop singer/songwriter Todd Warner Moore has recently released his new album entitled Spark. Reminiscent of Bob Dylan and Neil Young, the acoustic driven songs bring forth a variety of themes and sounds. His melodies are passionate and his lyrics emotional. The album holds 15 sonically entertaining tracks.
I shared questions and answers with Todd regarding his flawless tunes and his future endeavors. The album definitely ensures a “Spark” for the listener. Spark is, both lyrically and musically, a celebration of the canon of magnificent music and sublime songwriting I have heard over the years. I have painstakingly sculptured these songs with exceptionally talented and intuitive musicians, creating an album that follows it’s own self-contained universe of tails, confessional tones, and ebullience. I feel that it is the album I have always been striving to create.”…. the artist
What was your inspiration for writing your new album?
Spark was my second album of the year (I recorded three albums in 2018), and I wanted to make a record that was grand in scale but also minimal, where the songs seem to move through a variety of rooms.
Is there a particular song on the album that seems very special to you?
I love the songs that seem to hover in my mind as I’m half-dreaming before waking up. The tune is right there. I grab my phone and hum the melody before I forget it. Then, I pick up a pen, and the words flow out. The whole song is complete. It doesn’t happen that often. On this album, it was “Gift.” It just almost seemed to emerge. Hence, the lyrics “What if these wishes, intentions we send, still remain in some other plane/ What if they’re waiting to greet us like rain at the moment we open again.”
Who were/are your musical influences?
There are too many to name. If I point out some, I exclude others, and picture changes. In the singer/songwriting area, the main ones would be Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, Jerry Garcia, John Lennon, George Harrison, Gram Parsons, Suzanne Vega, Jeff Tweedy, Cat Power, Sufjan Stevens, Damien Rice, Andrew Bird…I could go on and on, but I think you can see where I’m headed.
If you could have your ultimate stage fantasy what would have to happen?
The audience would be completely present. Phones would remain in bags or pockets, and everyone would be wide awake, open to the unpredictability of each note and word.
Do you plan on touring in support of the album?
It’s not economically feasible to tour when I live in Hong Kong, so I record and release loads of songs to compensate. I would love to play in Japan, though. What a fantastic country–so stunningly beautiful.
What does 2019 hold for you musically?
Well, my next album will be released in the middle of the year. It will follow on Spark’s coattails. It’s been finished for a few weeks, now, and I’m already two songs into the album after that!
If you could say anything to your fans of followers what would that be?
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Stay tuned: I think my best songs are ahead of me.