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William Fitzsimmons is a self-described musical therapist.
Since his premier album over a decade ago, William has taken his past life (or lives in some cases) and used them to tell stories of healing, conflict, and resolution in personal relationships through his songwriting. From his breakout album Goodnight to the newest release in the William Fitzsimmons songbook, relationships take center stage in a transformative musical experience.
Pittsburgh was written following the death of William’s grandmother, Virginia. Being together with his family at that time led to discoveries of his bloodline and their stories. Like most songwriters, those stories find their way into music.
The album in many ways is like a Best Of release, but with entirely new and original music. Harkening back to some of his early days using recording equipment in his home, William incorporates some of what made his early work truly shine with simplistic-sounding guitar melodies, blended at times with soft electronic overlays.
In today’s growing indie movement, electronic effects and beds have become almost cliche, or this add-on that too many artists are incorporating to catchup with the bandwagon trend. That’s not the feel of this record at all. When any sound texture is used, it carries the movement of the story, lifting the emotional tone and taking the song in a comfortable direction, without being over-the-top.
Pittsburgh is one of William Fitzsimmons’ best albums to date because it incorporates so many of the elements that have built his music career to this point, while still being honest about his craft. He isn’t a songwriter who is trying to reinvent himself to be more commercially appealing, he doesn’t have to. Audiences like you and I keep coming back because there are few musical therapists who geniunely share our story. Pittsburgh is a part of our growing musical family album.
Here more about the album directly from William, as well as insights into how indie and DIY musicians can grow in today’s music world in this new podcast as well as more insights into the Musical Therapy of William Fitzsimmons on my Focused Growth For Musicians page.