A week and a half on tour, and William Fitzsimmons is feeling good.
The singer-songwriter is on tour promoting his most recent album, “Live.”
The album was recorded in Chicago, Paris, Amsterdam and Cologne, Germany.
“I made this record because I wanted to try and translate some of the ubiquitous emotions of a live performance on to a recording; to capture a bit of that suspense and uniqueness that you only get in the presence of others,” he says. ” My hope remains the same as it always does: to provide the chance for someone to feel something strongly.”
Fitzsimmons jokes that he had to travel the world to get 15 tracks.
“We did the last European tour and we got to record some,” he says. “Most of the songs came from a night in Chicago.”
Although recording a live album is supposed to be spontaneous, Fitzsimmons admits that he felt some pressure.
He also didn’t feel comfortable on stage.
“I knew we were recording, and I felt like I couldn’t be as loose as I could,” he says. “When I do a show, I get lost in the music. This experience had me feeling constrained. While it was fun, it was a different experience for me.”
Fitzsimmons grew up around music, which is why his career is a perfect fit.
But he set it aside for a while to pursue his education.
He received his master’s degree in counseling and worked as a psychotherapist for several years before returning to songwriting.
He says getting back into music was a great choice and now pushes himself further with music.
“I’ve been doing this for 10 years,” he says. “I’m trying to do a couple things at once. I thought it would be sort of healthy and a little more fun.
Fitzsimmons is immersing himself in working on scoring a film about Jack Kerouac, as well as writing a new record.
“The Jack Kerouac project is in its early stages,” he says. “I’m not a super film score nerd. It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a while. And the new music I’m doing for myself is going to be different. One of the guys in my band has a different sensibility than I do. I’m trying to flex different muscles in my brain. I think it’s really important.”
After this tour is over, Fitzsimmons will continue to work on his new album.
He doesn’t foresee touring again until the album is nearly complete.
“These projects need all of my attention,” he says. “While touring is fun because you get out to meet the fans, it is also not conducive to getting things done.”