Welcome. Thanks for taking the time to check out my project and learn about who I am and what I’m about. I generally don’t like talking a whole lot about myself, but I figured it’d be rather disingenuous to invite people to come journey with me through the project and not shed light on who I am. So I’ve spent some time thinking, and here are a couple things that might help you know me better:
I’ve messed up and failed so many times it’s ridiculous. I’ve hurt, betrayed, and disappointed over and over. But that doesn’t define me. For all my faults and shortcomings, my story is of triumph and victory. Perhaps John Newton said it best: “Yet, though I am not what I ought to be, nor what I wish to be, nor what I hope to be, I can truly say, I am not what I once was.”
Kyle. Erik. Novy. My name basically means (if I were to apply some dream interpretation principles mixed with artistic flair) that I’m a new leader who has the power to connect people, cultural ideas, and the spiritual realm. I’ll take it.
I teach songwriting at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Northern Michigan. It is really quite a magical place where young artists from all over the world come together to grow in their craft. To all my former and current students, may these songs be a deep well to draw from on your journey as artists. You don’t always have to like the songs – tastes vary and styles change – but I know you can learn from them. They’ll teach you a hundred times more than I’ll ever be able to teach you in class. You are loved.
I’m the proud owner of My Song Alive, an online music production company that helps artists bring their songs to life with dynamic, creative productions. It’s pretty cool, and so for that reason, and that reason alone, you should check it out.
I play guitar, piano, mandolin, bass, drums, and most recently hammered dulcimer. I try to approach instruments like my son approaches toys: never serious enough that you aren’t having fun (after all, they’re toys – they’re meant to be fun!), but always serious enough that you do the toys justice (if you don’t really treat a train whistle like a true train whistle, you’re disrespecting the toy). With music, I don’t think the two sides are mutually exclusive. Music making to me is equal parts enjoyment and commitment. Half-hearted kids are a bore to play toys with.
I’m generally a fairly mystical person. Maybe I’ll define mystical here as “spiritually mysterious” things. Yes, I believe in miracles, visions, dream interpretation, healing, encounters with angels/demons, etc. I’ve had mystical experiences myself, and I know a ton of people who have as well. It’s just not on our grids as much here in ‘Merica. I think this is where the West has become too rigid, scientific, and naive. It seems like we’ve lost our sense of wonder and mystery, even “magic” I dare say. So here’s my bumper sticker: don’t let modern western scientism steal your magic. As an artist, I have to hold on and cherish the mystical, the otherworldly, the mysterious sense that there’s a lot more to our world than our cold and often arrogant modern minds think. And don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater: just because fairies don’t exist (or do they?), we shouldn’t throw away the entire mystical realm as a bunch of medieval garbage. St. Francis definitely talked with a wolf, and I believe he genuinely received the stigmata. That’s my kinda guy. A poor wild man who knew how to love. Let’s get some more Francis’ in our culture.