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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,

Danny

Happy Holidays!

Hi all,

Just wanted to say a quick “hello” and wish everyone a very happy holiday season. Also, here’s a treat for all you good (and not so good) boys and girls:

Way back in November/December of 2009, Josh Huskin rounded up a few of his friends and favorite musicians to record and release Seafoam’s Greetings: A Holiday Compilation. Along with amazing songs from Westboud Departure, Stegosaur, Altus, and The Cardinal Health (who provided “Cold Kong the Snowman King”, my favorite Xmas song EVER), I recorded this heartwarming little number with Clifton @ Deadroom.

Love y’all,

Gibbons

Home (Post El Paso wrap up)

That’s a wrap…

I’m back home in Austin now after being in El Paso for 8 days and tracking for 7 days. After all was said an done, I was able to get down 7 songs:

A side:

  1. Time of Troubles

  2. Another Protest Song

  3. Faux News

B side:

  1. For Her (instrumental)

  2. Forever & Always

  3. One of My Kind

  4. C U Next Tuesday

The A side is 3 political songs, which is a first for me. I pushed myself to write something other than personal songs (things that happened to me or to people around me), and given the current moment of history we’re living in, I felt I had a responsibility to speak out.

The B side is more of my standard subject matter and comfort zone. There are songs for my incredible wife, Emily, including and instrumental “interlude”. There’s a song for my late friend (and former OSG guitarist), Gave Velazquez, and a song for my good friend Keith.

Was a great week, and thanks again to Ross and Sebastian at Brainville for being awesome, helping, and putting up with me. Looking forward to hearing some mixes and sharing with everyone soon.

Much love,

Gibbons

El Paso, Day 6 - 2018/11/19

Had a solid day at Brainville today, taking care of a few things in preparation for wrapping up tomorrow.

Was able to record the instrumental interlude, “For Her”, and get a really great room sound from the live room. Ross also talked about using the live room to pick up some reverb for the track, so I’m really excited to hear the results once he starts mixing.

Additionally, was able to record vocals for Gabe’s song, “One of My Kind”. It was not an easy task, as it has, vocally, a much different feel/vibe as the rest of the record. Ross was able to help me find the right spots, and coach me to getting a solid performance in what we both feel was right for the song. Pretty happy with the end result, and we might try out adding a keys part tomorrow.

As for tomorrow, Ross still need to add the Leslie part for “Faux News”, and we’re going to try out some keys on “One of My Kind”, too. Also, I’m going to try and take another idea I have and flush it out tonight in order to make it an even 4 on the A and B sides for this record. On my voice memos it’s called “This Old Thing?”, but that obviously won’t be the final title. Going to try tonight to work out something with it, lyrically, that I’ve been trying to/wanting to do for years now.

Looking forward to wrapping things up tomorrow, then it’s in Ross’s hands to mix!