Why in the world did I create a website? Part of the answer to this is in the question itself. I have some things that I want to share with the world and a better forum for this does not exist. With a presence on the World Wide Web, the entire world has access to my musical creations. Now, while I don’t expect the entire world to come rushing in to hear my songs, it is nevertheless comforting to know that they could if they so chose. I am not sure what I want them to do with my songs at this point, but I do know that I want them to have the chance to hear them.
Who is Michael Squires?
I was born and mainly raised in Mesa, Arizona by wonderful parents and with great siblings. A couple of years after returning from serving a mission in Washington, DC, I joined hands across the altar with my amazing bride, Nicole and we became eternal partners (seeAlways). We have four glorious children (our fine son, Jordan, and three beautiful daughters, Rachel (the voice in “I Hope They Call Him on a Mission” and “It Shouldn’t Hurt to be a Child”), Ryann and Emily) that daily brighten our lives. After about 20 years living in Yuma, Arizona, we picked up and moved to Sierra Vista, Arizona in 2011.
I lived a fairly predictable (boring) accountant’s life for almost twenty years. Then, towards the end of 2004, I got some wild notion that I could actually make a difference in the lives of others by traveling the country presenting seminars on the proper use of spreadsheet software— no, really. So I summoned my courage and auditioned with a company based in Kansas City. After the second audition, they decided they might as well take a chance on me (I’m sure they must have understood that I would just keep coming back to audition until they accepted me). I did this full-time for about a year beginning in early 2005, and then I realized my family was growing up without me while I was on the road, so I returned to my old employer and, after only a small amount of pleading, they allowed me to return to work. My time on the road taught me much (including a greater appreciation for my wife and family) and has played an important role in much of my songwriting quests.
Which way to perfection…? It is my sincere desire and wish to be able to create perfect music that achieves the desired effect every time. Having said that, the listener may question why there are so many imperfections in the composition and performance of these songs. I have come to believe that the answer is found in the concept that the pursuit of perfection must tolerate imperfections until it is perfected; otherwise it must remain imperfect. (If that last sentence didn’t make sense, just chalk it up to another one of my many imperfections.) These songs are a part of me; they come straight from my heart - a part of my heart that can be accessed in no other way. They scream to be released and refuse to bide their time until that elusive perfection can be achieved. So I release them, if for no other reason, so they will stop pestering me. And now that they are freed, although imperfect, they speak back to me in gratitude and bless my life each time I hear them. So until they and I can perfect each other, I hope in some small way that they can still bless your life, too. Just try to catch the message or story behind the song and try to envision a voice that has actual training as the performer (Mr. Josh Groban, if you’re reading this, send me an email and let’s talk.)
Michael D. Squires - All musical material on this website is copyrighted by the owner, but may be used for non-commercial church or personal purposes without permission. Any recognition of me as the source (and perhaps a quick note to me) is appreciated.