Kehr said he loves that people can connect to his music and how it has the power to affect them physically and emotionally. He rediscovered how music can impact people on both a conscious and unconscious level when he started playing soft acoustic guitar tunes to stop his newborn daughter from crying.
“My life is music on most every level. I met my wife in the touring jam band The Recipe and share references to songs and their meanings constantly, illuminating our shared knowledge and life,” he said. “If I’m having a particularly difficult time expressing myself in a song I will listen to the music that has lit the way for me in the past and find a new dimension to it or search out something new, usually pointed out to me by one of the many musical friends in my life.”
Kehr said music is such a driving force in his life, he finds it difficult to relate to a few of his friends who do not understand or appreciate music in the same way, adding, “I find it difficult to relate on any kind of meaningful level to anyone who can’t find self-illumination in art or music.”
For Kehr, self-discovery and expression can be found in writing his own music and he finds the greatest rewards as a musician isn’t the pay or even the applause, it’s when an audience member seeks him out to say how one of his songs touched them personally in some way.
“In many ways I’m not the best communicator in conventional terms, but I try to be as honest and open as I can with my songwriting and consider it a triumph when I do hear personal, positive remarks. Plus I don’t feel so alone in my feelings, and what is more comforting than that?”