Denver musician Andrew Wynne equates writing songs to panning for gold. He said the key is to hold on to the gravel bits and let them settle. Sometimes the “golden nuggets” of ideas are lying there, waiting to be discovered.

“Honestly, I struggle (writing songs). It isn’t easy for me,” Wynne said. “I have all these ideas, but finishing songs and getting them to a place where they will be able to be performed is tough.” Sometimes, ideas for songs “accumulate like dust bunnies in the hallway.”

Wynne said he is trying to stop controlling his song ideas and let them flow naturally. “I make an effort to control it, but that’s the muse’s job. She’s so feeble, but she does come through – and usually better.”

There will be three separate opportunities to hear Wynne play in the Ark Valley this week: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at The Jailhouse Craft Beer Bar; 8 p.m. April 21 at Benson’s Tavern; and 7 p.m. April 22 at Wood’s High Mountain Distillery.

Wynne’s career as a musician took off while living in New York City. “I was playing all over the city, writing a lot,” he said. “I was honing my chops in an environment where there is so much talent. It was a supportive and competitive music scene,” and playing among such a “high caliber” of artists encouraged him to improve his musicianship.

Growing up in Denver, Wynne never thought he’d return. However, after years living all around the country – the last couple in Telluride – he was ready to own a house, so he moved back to Denver.

“The stars aligned; it made sense,” Wynne said. “There are more opportunities to play music.”

While living in Telluride, Wynne worked festivals and hosted open mic events. He said the set he’ll perform in the Ark Valley this week was developed there. In the fall of 2016, he released a 12-track original album called The Steam. While Wynne is a solo acoustic artist, he said musician friends helped “flush out” the sound.

Wynne has been “focused almost exclusively” on his music profession for the last few years. “I’m so fortunate and grateful. I love it.” He’s playing two to three nights a week and is pleased to be in Colorado, where there’s a “strong hospitality environment.”

The hardest part about being a professional musician, as many would likely agree, he said, is the booking and business end. “The playing is the fun part.” 

If this weekend doesn’t pan out for catching one of Wynne’s shows, he will be back in the Ark Valley in August.