Zachary Alden Smith

Coffee with an Old Friend

This is an official announcement: I'll be using (my own name) Zachary Alden Smith instead of The Walla Recovery from now on. Thank you for being here and for hanging with me through the years I've spent making music. I hope this change is not too confusing to deal with. I hope it removes a barrier between us which I put up, long... [continue]


She Is the One

Here is the first song that got me thinking that it might be possible to tell a story through a series of songs. It's surreal to see how much it has evolved since it was first written back in 2011. This demo is just me and the guitar, although I'd love for you to hear it with cello when we have a chance to record the full band... [continue]


From 'look at me' to 'I see you'

When I say "I see you" I build a bridge between us. Over time, the bridges become a lattice, and the lattice becomes a culture. Everyone in the world wants to be seen. The unhappiest cultures try to accomplish it by saying "Look at me! Look at me!" The happiest ones accomplish it by saying "I see you."– Seth Godin I've always... [continue]


Tension is Fear in Reverse

Tension is a gift. A solution to alleviate fear. A way that fear is put into perspective. It is fear in the rear-view. Tension is another word for desire. Not just any desire. A special kind: Love, or Affection. Fear is a plastic red flag flapping in my side-yard. It marks a pipeline of hope already underground here, that things... [continue]


The Eternal Inner Murmur of Self-Reproach

After reading Judith Shulevitz describe the "machinery of self-censorship" and the "eternal inner murmur of self-reproach"... I realized immediately that 95% of what I hear on a daily basis is a perpetual replaying of the most... [continue]


Frequency, Generosity, and Delight

This is what it means to be a professional. We care about excellence. People do want excellence. But attaining it is so central to who we are that we don't even think about it... We simply only only pay attention to things we that strike us as excellent. If they didn’t think your music was excellent, they would not be... [continue]


What Problem is the Artist, Musician, Poet Solving?

I love this question. I’ve been asking it for years, without words. I would love share a few resources I found recently, because this has been one of the most interesting things I’ve ever studied. Trying to piece all of it together has been great fun, very freeing. 1. continue]