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Confessional 22: I am not in Egypt

  1. I am not in Egypt.
  2. I am not in Egypt.
  3. I am not in Egypt.
  4. I am not in Egypt.
  5. I am not in Egypt.
  6. I am not in Egypt.
  7. I am not in Egypt.
  8. I am not in Egypt.
  9. I am not in Egypt.
  10. As of 2:17pm August 21st 2013 I am not in Egypt. That’s it.

Be Righteous,

~ GSRV

 

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WARNING: If You Hate Brand New Hand Crafted Music Don’t Read This Post!

I recently released my latest CD called “Transcendence. Problematic.”

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The title come from our culture’s obsession with self-help (i.e. politics, religion, tribes) as an escape which polarizes us from the world, rather than acts of compassion, connection, and justice which engage the world. and hopefully some of that comes through in the music.

But mostly it’s just me having fun musically. Sounds like edgy folk…Urban Folk if you will (if you won’t I don’t mind). Ben Folds meets Beck meets Jack White meets Prince.

 

Anyway if you like it feel free to give a shout out either here or on Facebook, Instagram, etc… I’ll be hosting a CD release celebration in the city very soon featuring multi-media artists creating different works based on the concept of the CD.

Listen, Buy, Share…Please.

Be Righteous,

~ G.S.R.V

Confessional # 21: Instagram, nuff said. (Feat. FREE STREAMING of new collaborative project)

Instagram of me holding a copy of my new CD “Transcendence Problematic”. Details about CD release coming soon!

  1. I recently became part of the instagram universe. Forgive me…
  2. I find thinking of the world in terms of nouns and passive verbs to be problematic. I could go into why but I’d rather have a conversation with you* about it.
  3. Last year I recorded a post-punk album in a day based on Zeppelin III, classic comicbooks, and avante garde performance art with C.W. Cobalt and Bread Morton. It’s called The Forbidden Mansion of Doctor Salamander and is now available for live streaming here! It may not be your cup of tea. But that’s ok…that just means we didn’t make it for you.
  4. I enjoy kale enough to make a whole confession about it. I ate some 1.5 hours ago.
  5. Sometimes I feel like it would make sense to consensually have as many offspring as I can through as many different women as possible. Intellectually I know this to be unwise, irresponsible, and potentially deadly. But still.
  6. I think earrings make women exponentially more attractive. This may hold true for men as well.
  7. I’m working towards doing a split by December 31st 2013. Just because.
  8. I played fiddle for American-Folk duo Schucks Road’s EP release at the Bitter End on Wed. Check out their EP called “One If By Land” (feat. me on fiddle) on iTunes.
  9. Upon hearing that I was promoted to Asst. Manager at the restaurant I work at, my father responded “My condolences…” My father gets me.
  10. I’m in reality and redundantly very thankful to have a job at all…But Still.

 

*”you” is anyone who is reading this

 

Be Righteous,

~ G.S.R.V

Confessional #20: Life Doesn’t Always Suck

  1. 2 weeks ago, at 3am the day I was to leave from NY to LA, I completed a CD that I’ve been trying to finish for about 1.5 years.
  2. I am in a constant state of flux between project based existence and a more “Zen” wash your dishes state of being. The completion of the CD pleased my project based self and consequently resulted in the first guilt free day off in about a year.
  3. I recently drove across country with a very dear friend of mine. It was soul nourishing.
  4. I run 5k 2-3 times a week.
  5. Southern California weather is fantastic…but I still love seasons too much to want that all the time.
  6. Hiking 6 mi down-6mi up at the Grand Canyon is the most difficult physical act I’ve ever done.
  7. I consumed nothing unpleasant in New Orleans.
  8. I have swam in the Shenandoah in West Virginia till it becomes the Potomac in Maryland, been caught in rapids, and had to run 3 miles back to town on the highway barefoot.
  9. In a few days I will have the newest GSRV album “Transcendence. Problematic.” in my hands and will begin to share it with others and hopefully do some soul nourishing with it.
  10. Life doesn’t always suck.

Be Righteous,

~ G.S.R.V

Stills from GSRV’s New Music Video Shoot

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Stills from the music video for my new song “This is Not a Christmas Song”. Featuring Juanita Pearl Johnson and Leroy Smith Graham.

 

Be Righteous,

~ G.S.R.V

Big Brother is…Being Watched? (Oppression vs. Sedation)

Big Brother Is Watching You…Oh wait a sec…

 Growing up we often read Orwell and Huxley’s dystopias side by side.

Stylistically and in terms of entertainment I’ve always been (and remain) more compelled by 1984’s rule by oppression vs. Brave New World’s rule by sedation. Yet in terms of education and awareness, I’ve realized that while oppression is, well, oppressive…historically it spawns rebellion, progress (or at least resistance to the oppressive status quo), and continues to remind the oppressed of their situation. Sedation on the other hand avoids confrontation altogether making rebellion, progress, and awareness less of an issue.

Storytelling has always had a place in society but with the advent of Netflix, iTunes, and Facebook our access to pre-packed stories (Netflix), soundtracks for life (iTunes), and online autobiographical book sleeves (Facebook) it seems that we tend towards storytelling for sedation rather than storytelling for action.

If I am seeking to be culturally relevant, spiritually helpful, and economically stable as an artist (one whose work would potentially be offered by Netflix, iTunes, and Facebook)…I wonder if I’m actually contributing to the glut of artistic sedation we offer in North America.

The irony that this post was inspired by 2 storytellers isn’t lost on me.

Be Righteous,

~ G.S.R.V

I Am Fearfully and Wonderfully Made…but lose sight of that somedays

  1. I worked 6 days last week which included three 12-14 hr days, I haven’t spent more than 2 waking hours with my girlfriend in the last 3 weeks, the CD that I’m attempting to finish is going to cost me about $1000 more than I thought it was going to and tomorrow I get to go back to work and this angers me.
  2. It angers me more that I feel so self entitled as to feel injustice when I have to work on my day off when there are a) people without jobs and b) people with jobs that get paid less and work more. It angers me that I’m considering spending over a $1000 dollars on making “art” while people starve around the world and feel compelled to complain about the price when I’m lucky to have that money to spend in the first place. I’m angered that even a 6 day work week with one day off is no excuse for not finding time for a relationship. I’m angered that I’m angered.
  3. I serve at a Chinese Restaurant. I was terrible when I began working there. I’ve gotten better. I can’t explain it.
  4. I actually can explain it. But at the moment I’m not going to.
  5. After experiencing the malcontent of wealthy patrons on a busy Saturday night I’m not surprised at the amount of war and poverty that’s in the world. I’m surprised there isn’t more.
  6. I grew up assuming that I would need to draw upon the strength of others in order to function and survive the life given me. I realize now that more often than not I’m required to be the strength which others draw upon. But I don’t know if I’m much good at it. And I don’t know if I’d want to admit it if I was.
  7. I judge people with bumper stickers. Not for the content of the sticker but for the sticker itself.
  8. I’m not always this negative.
  9. I’ve never had a cavity.
  10. I’m relatively strong but absolutely weak. I think that sums up the non-comital anger fueled melange of arrogant humility found in this set of confessions.