Today is the culmination of a project that started with an email in December of 2016.
The plan was to head back to El Paso to record with Ross again, and this time, do a full length LP to follow up 2014’s Vices EP. This time, rather than recording at Sonic Ranch, I wanted to record at Ross’s brand new studio, Brainville. Initially, I was supposed to head out in August of 2017, but things don’t always work out as planned. I was fired from my job, and had to put things on hold.
There were times I had resigned myself to the fact that this record would never happen; it was clear I was finished as a professional musician. Emily would hear none of that and gave me the push and spark I needed to press forward with playing, writing, planning, and eventually rescheduling the recording sessions for November of last year.
The A side of this record is something I felt a responsibility to do. As an artist and musician, but even more so as someone who is privileged enough to have a voice that can reach a (albeit small) group of people. I’ve always felt the responsibility to speak out about and for those who cannot speak for themselves. This country feels like it’s teetering on the edge of sanity, and reason simply has to prevail.
“Time of Troubles” is a pessimistic look at how far our country had fallen in the past few years. From having one of the most empathic, progressive leaders in our nation’s history, we’ve regressed to the lowest common denominator; the most divisive and unqualified person to ever hold the office of President of the United States of America.
“Another Protest Song” is another drop in the ocean of frustration that billions feel around the world. It is an attempt to address the constant lies told by a man whose only goal is to divide and distract us. I don’t know how, in 2019, you can not value another human being as another human being. Full stop. The last line of the song is a call out to those claiming that people of my generation are “entitled,” when we’re not the ones who asked for participation trophies, YOU are the ones that had them made and passed them out. I’d be mad and embarrassed, too, if my generation had pissed away what might be our only chance to save ourselves.
“Faux News,” an obvious reference to Fox “News,” but not limited to that specific propaganda machine. Rhetoric can be dangerous, and all of these organizations spreading false news and information are simply propaganda organizations funded and directed by enemies of not only America, but a vast majority of humanity. When science is dismissed because people don’t agree with it, a dangerous precedent is set.
The B side of the record is more similar to traditional Our Sleeping Giant. A song for my best friend and wife, Emily, with an instrumental interlude preceding it. A song for my departed friend, and former OSG guitarist, Gabe. Lastly, a song for my friend Keith, who endured a situation no one should ever have to go through.
Do 7 songs a full album make? Spotify seems to think so. Additionally, this is nowhere near the album I set out to make back in winter of 2016. This record is a product of reflecting on what was happening in my life at the time and what was and is important to me. The end result came from the inkwell of my mind, and I hope you enjoy it.
I will continue to write, play, perform, and record my thoughts and feelings. I will put them to music as long as I live. I owe it to myself, I owe it to those who can’t or aren’t allowed to, and I owe it to those who are no longer with us.
Thank you to all of you for your support over the years, it really does means everything to me.
Go Spurs Go,