Take Me To The Bridge is a project that I have been working on all my life, but is only now finding it's venue. Over the years I have written a lot of songs and had the chance to get to know many wonderful songwriters -- some of them known to the entire world: John Mayer, Shawn Mullins, Sugarland's Kristian Bush and many of equal talent you wouldn't know if they lived next door to you for the last five years.
For me this project is about creating a place where I can collect the stories, wisdom and of course songs of all these people to share with a larger community. Songwriting is an artform that is largely passed along from generation to generation in an oral tradition. Most of the great songwriters I've met never went to music school and couldn't tell you what a plagal cadence is, but they can turn a phrase over a simple chord change that effortlessly captures an emotion or an idea in a way that no other medium can.
I see my role in this adventure as nothing more or less than an enthusiatic fan of the song and how it came to be. Yesterday it did not exist and today I heard it for the first time and it is the soundtrack for the last ten years of my life. Songs are just that powerful. I imagine this project like an enormous patchwork quilt with an infinite number of quilters bringing me their patches to contribute. When they are all sewn together, what will the big picture be? Let's find out together.
Ben Wakeman is a jack of all trades, master of one: not being able to master a single trade. He is a husband and father of two boys, a singer, songwriter, guitar player, recording engineer, web application developer, writer, photographer, graphic artist, teacher, friend, neighbor, goofball and pancake master chef. On rare occasions, he has been known to yodel, speak with a bad Scottish accent and apologize profusely without understanding exactly what he did wrong. You can learn more about him at www.benwakeman.com.