Lyricist * Author * Journalist * Public Radio Host
As a lyricist, Higgs says he is "more interested in narrative and less interested in self-examination." He likes
to leave room for a little mystery in his story songs,
and to invite the listener to actively participate in the storytelling.
Higgs has co-written songs with a number of gifted
Oklahoma composers, but his collaborations with
Michael Ray Little are especially gratifying.
"When I write a lyric, I always have some sort of rudimentary melody and rhythm running in my head,
but when I send the finished lyric to Michael, just cold
words on a page, I never know where he will take it,
musically. I do know that it will be far more
sophisticated than I could have imagined."
Higgs has hosted Public Radio Tulsa's long-running
music program "Folk Salad" since 1999.
As a journalist, Higgs is a frequent contributor to
This Land Press. His work has also been published in
Oklahoma Today, The Tulsa Voice, and The Current.
Higgs has published two memoirs, "Bringing In The Sheaves", about a summer spent working on a wheat harvesting crew on the Great Plains, and "Then There
Is No Mountain", a chronicle of his quest to climb
Michael Ray Little
Singer/Songwriter * Musician * Children's Book Author
When asked, “What keeps you motivated - what are you seeking?” Little replied, “The next word, the next sentence, phrase, song, story. Music constantly plays in my head, so I’m always in search of the other parts that, when assembled, form the next composition, the next art form.” His brain has been described as a ‘song airport,’ tunes taking off, landing, delayed, circling, but always, there is music. "There is always a song playing in my head. Melodies and rhythms flirt with me. I flirt back. The result is, a true relationship. The best kind."
When he began playing Tulsa venues in the late eighties, Little marveled at a similar request shared by owners and club managers, “NO ORIGINALS.” “I always thought that was crazy, so the minute they weren’t paying attention, I would slip in an original. How else was I suppose to get real feedback for the songs I was stockpiling?” People did notice, and soon Little was writing songs for Oklahoma tourism and other artists' projects, like Bradley Beesley’s Okie Noodling or a documentary, Eureka Springs - The Magical Destination.
When Higgs approached Little about joining forces, the timing could not have been better. “I was looking to do something new and impulsive. I had read Richard’s books and loved his writing style and story telling, so we began this journey."
Little, along with wife Denise, splits time between two of his favorite cities in Oklahoma - Tulsa, and Norman. He has written two children’s books, "Boris The Tortoise and Bella The Girl", and "The Empress of New Musico". A third book, "Cadence And The Magic Drum", becomes available in 2017. His albums include, "Off The Coast Of Your Heart", "Starcrossed And All That Jazz", and "Flying Boy".