Andy's Notes - An Intermittent Article Series

The Philosophies of Friends

by Andy May

My own goal is – and always has been – to contribute something positive with my music. Here are some of the thoughts from others that have helped me maintain that focus through the years.

Wisdom shared by some amazing friends:

Andy May, you’re only human!!

Jeanine Thompson
Raised on a Kansas ranch in the 1930’s and 40’s. A friend and neighbor in Tennessee.

Keep writing for the family.

Tom Paxton
Tom is one of America’s greatest songwriters. He gave me this advice in 1995, when I told him that we were moving to Nashville.

If it were easy, then everyone would be doing it.

Harry Warner
As a manager and publisher, Harry is legendary for his work with Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Rodney Crowell, and BMI. His words of encouragement and understanding helped me through some challenging times in the music business!
Jim Rooney & Andy
Jim and Andy at Mainframe Studio: The Room for Roots sessions.

Go where you’re welcome.

Jim Rooney
Jim is a Grammy-winning producer, author, and Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award-winner. All this, and a great guy too! These words of Jim’s have become a motto of mine.

Everyone seeks significance in their environment.


It doesn’t have to be perfect to be perfectly wonderful.

Paul Holdeman
Paul was well-known in Colorado as a speaker, counselor, and minister. These are but two of the countless gems of wisdom that Paul shared with me and my family.
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