Calhoon’s Favorite Saying.
Read our latest Q&A below to learn more about Brandon Calhoon’s favorite saying and how it has motivated his music.
Q: Do you have a favorite motto or saying? What is it?
A: My favorite saying is: “Ain’t life grand when you’re wild and free.”
The saying originated when my good buddy Lance shouted “Ain’t life grand” from the bow of his old Jon boat called “Sharky” while we were cruising around Higgins Lake in northern Michigan. It kind of stuck with our group of friends at the time. Later I used that phrase in a song I wrote called “New Orleans”, only I added “When you’re wild and free.” It’s a song about a down-on-his-luck guy hitchhiking his way by the Mississippi River from Memphis down to New Orleans. Only he doesn’t find what he’s looking for. “Ain’t life grand when you’re wild and free/Ain’t life grand when you’re a little bit crazy”.
Q: What does this saying mean to you?
A: I remember watching an interview with Ronnie Van Zant, the lead singer of Lynyrd Skynyrd. He was talking about the song “Free Bird.” He said, “To me, there’s nothing freer than a bird, just flying wherever it wants to go”. That’s what “Ain’t life grand when you’re wild and free” means to me.
Q: How does that saying relate to your life as a musician?
A: I’ve seen and experienced a lot of things in this life by living wild and free. Guess I’m a bit of a dreamer and wanderer. But I think as a songwriter, you have to be a dreamer. You have to go to places in your mind to tell your stories. I try to be as honest as I can with my lyrics, so it helps to have plenty of experiences…both good and bad.