Joel Collinsworth is “Original Mechanical Mouse”I am the artist “Original Mechanical Mouse,” which is my musician’s name as well as my band name and project. I am a third generation literary writer, a songwriter, and a singer. I played music alone in my basement for nearly twenty years before playing out, finding a gig, or looking for an audience. Since entering the music scene I have done about 200 shows. Playing for an audience adds a great deal of meaning to the processIn the first decade of this century, I had become inspired by bands like The Shins, Elliot Smith, Fleet Foxes, Bright Eyes, Nick Drake, My Morning Jacket, and a lot of acoustic artists in the modern indie-folk scene. Hearing honest lyrics about real life from them opened a door in me to write songs. Bands and artists who write from their heart have my eternal gratitude for opening that door. Commercial music had long lost any appeal for me. I welcome the fresh sounds of today’s folk musicians.Thank you for visiting!