Eric Schuurman is a musician, producer and writer based in Chicago. He has collaborated with Polish music legends Stan Borys and Tomek Lipinski. He performed in the International Song Festival in Sopot, Poland with Ghanaian singer BB Bugaloo. In Chicago, he produced blues singer Tom Waicunas. In 2017 he released his song catalogue Music From Another Life. His current album A Prodigal Son was released July, 2021.
May 21, 2021
Recorded in Chicago, 12/18 – 5/21.
Words and music by Eric Schuurman.
Produced by Eric Schuurman.
Executive Producer, Richard Schuurman.
In December 2018, my brother Richard set me up with a couple of beautiful guitars, and encouraged me to be musically creative again. I hadn’t played or recorded in over a decade. For whatever reasons, I didn’t think I’d be able to do it again. This project is the result of that intervention.
Album release date:
July 1, 2021
April 23, 2019
My brother Richard gave me his Epiphone 335, a Larrivee acoustic, and some additional music gear. I bought Logic Pro X, and an audio interface, and cleaned up my isolation booth. Went thru a few dozen online Logic Pro X lessons to get back up to speed. I’ve been grinding on finger exercises and recording patterns, and begun to arrange them into songs. My work and home life is solid. I’m allowing myself to be musically creative again, and am able to fend off the idea of it being an invitation to personal calamity. We’ll see how this goes.
November 9, 2016
This document is a vessel for artifacts of a former musician, a window into my past, and my refuge since the election. It’s not about promoting my music. It is about providing explorable digital archeology for my kids to know their father better, for friends who I’ve lost touch with, or for anyone curious about my experience with depression, creativity, and getting by in the real world.
Creativity has been a force in my life that has been a blessing and a curse. It has lifted me out of depression as much as it has lead me into it. Obsessing over the creation of art while neglecting other aspects of my life like relationships and financial stability has been a recurring theme. Since my last descent, I have come to terms with it. I am cool with being a father, a mechanical drafter, and a former musician.