MP3 Brother Greg - Before the Bomb
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11 MP3 Songs in this album (39:52) !
Related styles: FOLK: Modern Folk, SPOKEN WORD: With Music
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Before the Bomb
These guitar-and-voice songs and story-songs tell emotional, intimate tales, sung or spoken, about people coping with the need for human connection in their lives. Thereâs a shredding of suburban life in Suburban Boys; an encounter with a mysterious woman on a train, in Jessica; a mother who gives her son the âgiftâ of not being seen, in Invisible; a son dealing with his runaway father, in Listen; a worker puzzled by the sudden disappearance of a colleague, in These Days; a lover trying to relate with a difficult artist, in Shoes; the desire to be able to hold onto beautiful experiences, in Moments; and an urban âgospelâ song, in Wings Like an Angel. The album title, âBefore the Bomb,â reflects how music was mostly acoustic â but no more innocent â before the decision to use the atomic bomb to end World War II.
âBrother Gregâ is a name I use partly to poke fun at my religious pastâand partly to identify with anyone who has grown up feeling, since childhood, tortured by their religion. I had a spiritual experience while in high school. As one result, I majored in Religious Studies at Yale University and then earned a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. Finally, a few weeks before taking certain steps toward becoming ordained as a minister, I admitted to myself that I wasnât sure about Christianity any more. I stepped away, and it was quite liberating. Since then, however, Iâve found that itâs not so easy to completely let go of something that deeply affected me for many years; it still haunts me in odd ways.
Meanwhile, Iâve been writing songs and story-songs, generally about odd people, whose stories say something about American culture. I like moments of âepiphany,â when there are sudden, emotional insights into what it means to feel alive. I used to perform in clubs in New York City (where I used to live), as well as in clubs and colleges in New England. An EP of mine received a lot of radio play for the story-song âTattooed Rose,â and I co-wrote and performed a song used in a Travel Channel commercial for New Zealand a few years ago. I now live in Hawaii.
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