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Lynn Moe is the songwriter & producer behind The Freelance Players Project. He lived for many years along the coast just south of San Francisco, and is now retired living in Reno, Nevada. He spends most of his time with his family, but on the side he launched the The Freelance Players Project in 2021 as a means to self-produce songs that he has written over his lifetime.


"In the early days when I wrote these songs, they were pretty much ignored by those around me at the time. I found little support or appreciation for what I was doing musically. I persisted for a time, but inevitably life happened and the music seemed to like took a backseat to the struggles of the day. With those struggles now in the rear view mirror, these songs began to grow louder in my head. As I got into the project, and I found myself caring far less about what others might think, or how they would react to my music, which I think was

necessary in order to move things forward." Lynn said as he reflected back on the musical journey that has led him to this point.

The first album from the project, One Man's Weeds Another Man's Garden, is tentatively scheduled to be released in the first part of 2024.

 

Lynn gave some thought to the album's title, "While the songs on this album were written in a 'previous life', they have lived in my head for years. I am glad that I took the time every now and then to sit with my guitar and run through them, just to make sure they were not forgotten. While others might judge the tracks on this album to sound more like 'weeds', I consider these songs to be like a 'garden'...worthy of being tended to."


Each album track uniquely summons up the influences of the many artists and genre's of music that Lynn has grown to appreciate over time. The opening track, Be There For You explores the obsessive behavior of three distinct people and relies heavily on a slap bass part inspired by Larry Graham (who is considered the father of the slap bass) with a breakdown section that draws on The Talking Heads' live version of Slippery People. My Old Friend contemplates a long time friendship with a Nora Jones influenced piano part with a jazz style saxophone solo and swing in the chorus. Hey Yow! recounts the scene on the corner of Powell & Market streets is San Francisco with who most would consider "crazy people" romping with buskers who are playing an R&B inspired groove reminiscent of the late 1960's. For Who I Am wrestles with the challenges of suicide & addiction, channeling About Today by The National. Bury Me offers a different perspective on death & dying and treads on the heels of time honored epic rock/blues songs of the 1980's. I Know Now follows the stark realization of a past relationship when remembered over time. Some Billy Joel inspired piano parts are sprinkled throughout, and the song's interlude fully leans on Pink Floyd to elicit the passage of time. Your Intuition follows the journey of a person who realizes the futility of the rat race treadmill and moves on to a simpler life. The horn section, especially the trombone, draws on the flavor of the horns on Pin Stripe Suit by Let's Go Bowling. The luscious harmonies of The McGuire Sisters are the obvious influence for the backing vocals. The albums last track, Live For Today, recounts the trials and tribulations of life in days gone by and the point later in life when thoughts turn to living for the moment. The musical influence for the song can simply be stated as Jeff Lynne & ELO.  

 

"Probably the song that is most personal is Tears of Pride, Lynn said. "I had written the music years ago, and it wasn't until my daughter asked me to write a song for our father/daughter dance at her wedding that I put lyrics to it. So it has a special place in the scheme of things," he concluded.

 

The use of Foley also plays a big part in several tracks on the album. "Pink Floyd is a huge influence when it comes to adding sound effects and narration to songs...they are the masters of this sort of thing. I try to encourage the listener to use their imagination to visualize the scene, or mood, of the song. I realize that some people will get it, and some won't....they'll think it's a waste of time." Lynn said.

 

In making the album, Lynn worked with a host of freelance session musicians, artists and engineers from every corner of the world. "I was basically coming in blind to the whole process of working with other musicians and production itself, but I was happy to embrace a project where new boxes were being checked at every turn...where every song took on a life of it's own. I was blessed to discover a world of talented artists who were willing to put out the creative sweat needed to elevate each song well beyond the paltry demos that I was able to produce on my own," he said.

On the horizon for Lynn is producing a second album tentatively titled The Best Time Machine is a Song. Among the tracks will be songs co-written in the late 90's with long time friend Danny Baggs when they played together as a two-man act in and around the South San Francisco area where they grew up.

Also in the queue for The Freelance Players Project is an EP with the working title New Harvest, which will feature all new material written by Lynn.

"I am under no illusion that there will ever be any interest in this late-in-life musical journey of mine. The thought is that if by chance, someone were to stumble upon it - who arrived here with a modicum of interest or curiosity - there would at least be a place for me to share my music, and what went into creating it. It might turn out that it just drifts through the emptiness of cyber space unnoticed, or maybe, just maybe...it might find its way into the consciousness of someone who is just passing through. As Andy Dufresne said in The Shawshank Redemption, 'Remember. Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.'” Lynn concluded.

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