Come Play in My Sandbox



There are times when, as a creator, I like to just shell myself up in a quiet place and build, whether it’s writing or music. There are also times when I love to collaborate. Honestly, I know so many talented people here in Northern Utah where I live that it kind of intimidates me. Nevertheless, I call on my friends often for help and I always appreciate their willingness to contribute.

Collaboration for me—especially when it comes to creating a project just for fun, knowing that it will most likely be a market-place failure—feels like the good old days when I, a couple of brothers, and a few neighborhood friends would get together for some good old fashioned backyard games. We’d play in the sand pile. We’d play cowboys and Indians. We’d play war. We’d go down into a hollow nearby and sled or make a tree house. We would do whatever we wanted. My desire to play with friends has never ebbed.

I respect my co-creators’ time. I often feel uncomfortable asking friends to participate on projects. I hate to steal their most valuable commodity: time. When I ask a friend to come play on a project. It goes down like this:

“Hey, friend, I’m doing, [PROJECT]. Do you think you might be keen to [CONTRIBUTE] and make it even better?”

When they respond by saying: “yes.” I’m always surprised. In my mind, I say, No way. He (OR SHE) just said, yes. No way. Awesome.

The results of creative collaboration are clear. I’m a better writer, musician, composer, and friend. So I intend to continue picking from that tree.

On the other side, I am always surprised and honored when friends of mine who I greatly respect for their creative chops ask me to come play in their sand piles. I’m usually ready to grab my shovel and bucket and head on over.

There is no greater honor than to have a talented friend put his fingerprints on one of my projects. So to those of you out there who have come over to play in my back yard, I say, thanks, man. Let’s do it again in the not-too-distant future.

My upcoming album, Zombie Sing-a-long: Whistler and the Children, Part 2 features talent from the following list of friends:

Patrick M. Tracy
Mark Steiner
Rick Nef
Keith Moon
Patrick Murphy
Nate Fackrell
Rob Griffin
Larry Nybo
Dave Butler

Craig Nybo's 3rd Zombie Sing-a-long record: Whistler and the Children, Part 2

Craig Nybo’s 3rd Zombie Sing-a-long record: Whistler and the Children, Part 2


About The Author

Craig Nybo

Craig Nybo writes novels, screenplays, and short stories. He also composes and records music. Craig lives in Kaysville, Utah with his lovely wife and children.

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  • Aldo Camolez

    Reply Reply October 16, 2013

    I believe in ‘Collaboration’. I actually love it.

  • David Checketts

    Reply Reply October 16, 2013


    The funnest and most musically fulfilling moments I have ever had have been working with you and Larry and the boys at MediaRif.
    I consider myself fortunate to know you and to be able to work with you on so many projects.


    • Craig Nybo

      Reply Reply October 17, 2013


      Working with you is always a pleasure. You’re one of those guys who, when you agree to work with me on something, I’m blown away. It’s like, holy crap, Dave is willing to do this and I don’t believe it. I way admire your talent.


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