Running Into Gold

This year a relationship ended and another one began. Shortly before that, towards the end of 2015, I decided once again to switch career paths and follow my heart to Atlanta, GA. Initially, I was content to just live and I guess I avoided looking for a job right away. So this year I’ve had a luxurious amount of time on my hands and with that time I took up cycling, went to Alaska to play a festival, booked a summer tour, finally finished a book I’ve been writing for the past 5 years, and spent what amounted to, probably, too much time sitting in my little bedroom studio recording and mixing songs for the album, “Running Into Gold”.

This is my fourth self produced album and, based on the performance of the previous three, I had no great expectations of this one at the outset. I wanted to make an album and I hoped that it would be better than the past efforts. Not that I’m being critical of the previous ones, but I always hope that I am improving rather than stagnating or going backwards creatively.

As I finished up the tracks and sent them off to be mastered I felt a little underwhelmed. I felt that maybe the songs needed more work or something. I felt that I was bound to be disappointed by the finished product. I listened to masters as they came back and didn’t really think much of anything. Then I left the songs alone for about two weeks and listened again and that’s when it occurred to me that whatever else these songs may or may not be, they are very personal in every aspect. The great downfall of self-producing is also it’s greatest benefit. Every strength is just the flip side of a weakness usually. In the end, you haven’t had other voices to tell you when you are making “mistakes” or “poor decisions”. You haven’t had other voices to suggest interesting melodic or instrumental ideas, so what you’re left with is something that is unequivocally your own.

There is something about that, that I like very much! As you listen to, “Running Into Gold” you can picture me at a small desk desk in front of a computer, surrounded by a couple of guitars and a very tiny keyboard, probably with a cup of coffee, sloshing around somewhere, very nearly spilling on the mic pre-amp. Creating these songs has been a kind of journal entry for me. Every note and and even every wrong note, is just me working out the details of the life I’m living.

Now that it’s done, my greatest hope for this album, is that you will listen closely and that you will FEEL. I hope you will feel happy, or sad, or pensive, or gushy, or something! I hope that these words and these melodies will make you remember your past or envision your future. I hope that they make you feel.


Here’s are some links so you can find the album on Spotify and iTunes:

Spotify: Running Into Gold by Tim Pepper

iTunes: Running Into Gold by Tim Pepper

Video produced by Anthony Simpkins, resident of Nashville, Tennessee and lover of music, dogs, visual arts, warm fires, and the great outdoors.

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I’m happy to announce that I’ll be hitting the road in just a couple of days to go play a bunch of shows. I’ve been playing music for many years but this is the most ambitious tour I’ve planned in a long while. It’s an experiment really. A way to learn the ropes again. Hopefully I will see you out there!!

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Today I got a tripod for my phone so I can take some videos from the road. I’ll share however much of the trip is worthwhile and feasible. Here’s a little taste.

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WTRforFBsmallIn 1996 I started college. That same year I started playing guitar. I wrote my first song a few months after that, as soon as I could string together three chords with a moderate degree of fluidity. Songwriting soon became the love of my life. It was the only thing I wanted to do. I had grand visions of playing for thousands of people. I had grand visions of becoming some kind of rock star. I allowed my mind to fully embrace those fantasies even though I knew that my real life would probably never match them.

Songwriting was a happy place to retreat to. It’s no wonder that I mistook “music” for the magic pill that would make me a happy person.

For many years I kept songwriting as a quiet little retreat. I kept my secret fantasies and wondered if I could ever reach out and touch them. I wondered if I could capture them and make them real.

In 2006 I decided to try and do just that. I began a journey of chasing my dream. I started “pursuing a career in music”. I didn’t know it then, but I was really pursuing a life that I thought would make me happy. I didn’t even really know that I was unhappy back then. I was self prescribing a drug for an illness I didn’t know, consciously, that I had.

It’s now 2016 and in the last ten years I learned, first of all, that I was unhappy and secondly, that music couldn’t bear up under the weight of my happiness burden. Instead my unhappiness corrupted my dream and sucked the joy from it for a time.

I had to learn that happiness, that transient state, that I had placed on a pedestal might not be a thing worthy of all my attention. I had to learn that there are more important things in life than the simple pursuit of happiness. I had to learn that happiness, although still transient and complex, happens most often to people whose lives are full.

A full life is balanced. A full life requires that one pays attention to all of the important aspects. Faith, love, time, money, leisure, charity, exercise, health and positivity are just a few of the ingredients I think. Of course dreams are important. I’m not sorry I started my journey. But it has been a much different journey than the one I thought I was going to be taking.

I think that one of the most powerful lessons I’ve learned is that of being positive. Positivity breeds hope. Positivity changes outcomes. Positivity enables one to keep trying. Positivity acknowledges that there are aspects of life that I cannot control and that sometimes the surprises along the way will be good ones. Positivity acknowledges that the process of trying is just as, if not more important than the outcome.

Some time ago I started writing my story. I’m not sure why I started writing it. I simply felt compelled to do so.

You can read it by following the links below. I’ve included one for each chapter to make it easier to follow. It’s not a story about success. It’s not a story full of answers. It’s simply a human story, full of human things. Hopefully it will encourage you to find your rhinoceros and wrestle it. The outcomes of such an endeavor will almost certainly be positive and probably unexpected.

Wrestling The Rhinoceros chapter links: on Facebook