Thinking With My Heart

With “Thinking With My Heart”, my sixth full-length album (and fifth of original songs), I’ve gone in what I’m referring to as a “country-ish” direction. “Country-ish” rather than “country”? Yeah, some of the songs are fairly clearly country pop or country rock, but there’s also a smattering that are stripped down, in a singer-songwriter/folk sense, and even one that is a throwback to an early Elvis (Presley, not Costello) style. And I don’t have a twang, so there’s that.

The album’s title comes from the first few lines of the first track: “Here I go, here I go again, thinking with my heart and not my head.” There’s a bit of a head versus heart thread that runs throughout. Most of the songs touch on love, unrequited love, or loss of love, but the closing track extends the head/heart theme to life purpose.

Song List

(click title for lyrics)

  1. Here I Go Again (Country Version) (R. Paul)
  2. Ho-hum, Humdrum Life (M. Parker, R. Paul)
  3. All I Need to Know (S. Wanvig, R. Paul)
  4. More Than a Little (R. Paul)
  5. Who’ll Be the First (Album Remix) (M. Parker, R. Paul)
  6. Ghosts (R. Paul)
  7. I Dare You (M. Parker, R. Paul)
  8. I Need Her Tonight (R. Ducharme, V. Michener, R. Paul)
  9. Holding Onto Air (R. Paul)
  10. I’ve Got You (R. Paul)
  11. If You Only Knew (R. Paul)
  12. My Reason (R. Paul)


Tracks 1, 4, 6, and 9-12 written by Rick Paul. Tracks 2, 5, and 7 written by Michael J. Parker and Rick Paul. Track 3 written by Suzanne Wanvig and Rick Paul. Track 8 written by Ray Ducharme, Vic Michener, and Rick Paul.

Performed, produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Rick Paul.

Cover artwork and photography by Rick Paul.

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Story Behind the Song: “Ghosts”

Release Date: August 5, 2022