John Warden


“You’ll never know which is the right or the wrong way ‘till the end of the road” is a verse from a song of mine on the album Old Dirt Road. So many things happen to us in our lives, that at the time may seem terrible or wonderful, but we really don’t know if it is actually a good thing or bad thing - we just don’t know. It’s only at the end of the journey, when you can look back and see the path you took and where you arrived, that you can determine whether it was good or bad. And so it has been with me. Now, 59 years old I have a lot of years to look back on. I grew up in the heart of the valley – “Free Falling” in Reseda. Good old Reseda California. Middle of the middle class. I started writing songs when I was in my early teens. It was my outlet, a way of expressing myself and directing all that youthful angst and energy towards something good and fun. And then life happened. Job, kids and keeping the lights on. The whole catastrophe as they say. But along the way, I always continued to write. It was both the outlet and the inspiration I needed. Funny as it seems, the more stress, the better the songs got. Finally, at age 57 I started to seriously record. First, with Garage Band and later through very fortunate circumstances, with Walt Bowers - a sound engineer/musician extraordinaire, in an actual sound studio. This was the person I needed to take my music to the next level. I have learned so much from him. My writing got better, my music got better and so it goes. The journey continues, the songs keep coming. I am a songwriter. I find the words that have meaning and melodies that resonate. We all share the common condition of being human. My goal is to get my songs “out there” and someday have them performed by some established, amazing, and talented people. John Warden P.O. Box 15 McCall, Idaho 83638 USA [email protected]







What is music to you? What does it give you?

It's just a part of me like a leg or an arm.

What is your music dream?

To have a professional artist adopt one of my songs.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

Getting a new president.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Loving in Your Eyes - C&K

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Moody Blues, Jackson Browne, Dan Fogelberg, Beatles, Cecilio and Kapono

What inspires you to make music?

The world

What is the message you want to send with your music?

Shared experiences

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Too shy to perform live.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

Lots of good songs never get heard

What do you think of Drooble?

So far so good

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Getting my songs heard

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?


What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Be able to put on a "show".