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Maranda Pleasant: What makes you feel vulnerable?

Griffin House: Besides being naked in extremely cold water? Social situations. When I’m trying to talk to people at a party or in a formal social setting it is pretty awkward for me. I wouldn’t say I’m shy, but I’m definitely an introvert to the extent that I gain energy from having space and being alone. But the catch is that when I get on stage I seem to transform into an extrovert, and I feel very at ease talking to people. I’m more comfortable up there for some reason. I don’t know how it’s possible to feel less self-conscious when I’m on stage than when I’m in a room talking to someone, but I do.

Also, for some reason, I won’t let my wife catch me praying. If I hear her walking in when I’m on my knees, I’ll quickly get up and pretend I’m doing something else. I have no idea why.

MP: If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be?

GH: Love is the answer. What’s the question?

MP: Tell me about your latest project.

GH: Well, my latest album is called Balls – which is a decision I still stand behind 100 percent.

It’s been almost a year since Balls dropped (pun intended) and I’m right in the middle of writing and finishing new songs for a new record.

MP: What’s been one of your biggest lessons so far in your life?

GH: My biggest life lesson has probably been that often times I don’t know what’s best for me. And if I am walking through this world always trying to get what I think I want, it could turn out that what I thought I wanted was not what I really wanted at all. So even if my grand plans succeed, I end up with a bunch of stuff that turned out to not make me feel happy and important and successful like I thought it would. I try to trust that there is something bigger than me, and I try to be willing to look deeper at things and have more patience than I’m used to. Delayed instead of instant gratification. Taking the focus off of what I’m getting and putting it on what I’m giving. Trying to choose love over fear. Light over dark. I am at the very beginning of this but lately the ball has started to roll.

Griffin House is a singer-songwriter from Springfield, OH. He’s been recording and touring since 2003 and has nine studio albums. Featured in film and television and on the CBS Sunday morning show, House continues to write and record and tour the United States. He lives in Nashville, TN with his wife Jane and daughters Clara and Emma.

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