MP3 Robert Urban - godless
acoustic/electric art-rock songs - probing, brazen, provocative, at times even comically absurd.
11 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Progressive Rock, ROCK: Acoustic
Probing, brazen, provocative...at times even comically absurd - the eleven songs on "godless" encompass a wide variety of acoustic and acoustic/electric musical styles.
The album is unified by the overall haunting, iconoclastic character of the lyrics - conscientious, nonconformist and questioning. The CD''s irreverent title is a twist on
that mean-spirited epitaph used by those on the "right" to deride the lives and work of those on the "left". It also happens to sum up my own strong anti-religious convictions.
"godless" opens with the sparse and driving WE ARE THE HAUNTED, in which the singer, confronting homophobia head on, expresses shock and sorrow over bigotry against AIDS victims in today''s world. More indictments of oppressive modern culture follow with the amusing, Beatlesque MEAT-EATERS'' SONG (co-written with Bernie Langs), the medieval, marching COURTSHIP OF EUROPA, and a nasty bottleneck-blues called IT''S ONLY LOVE. In the monumental rocker CUBES OF LIGHT, a capitalist hack slowly goes mad in his own office surroundings. In the acoustic coming-out ballad IN MY SHOE, hopeless sexual longings for straight friends cease as the singer learns to accept his own brave new identity.
In addition to singing all the vocals, Robert also plays all the instruments. That includes acoustic and electric guitars, piano, organ, bass guitar, an assortment of live percussion, penny-whistle, sampled drum kits and sampled orchestral instruments. The entire production was mastered at Atlantic Recording Studios by renowned sound engineer Steve Innocenzi.
One song of special interest on "godless" is WHEN GOD LETS MY BODY BE (by E.E. Cummings) - which he set to music and performed for the recent centennial celebration of Cummings''s birth, held at the New York City Public Library.
Singer-songwriter, composer, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist Robert Urban was born & raised in Fairfield County, CT. He received a B.S. degree in Philosophy and Music from the University of Bridgeport, CT.
Moving to Manhattan, Robert began composing scores for an array of professional music, dance, theater and film productions. Also a session guitarist, vocalist & producer, he has contributed to the projects of many other musical artists and theatrical organizations.
Recently, Robert composed the music score for the internationally released film-documentary "Ticket to Freedom: Woodstock", which also featured original songs by RICHIE HAVENS. Music from his "godless" album is featured in the gay-themed art film "Paradise Attempted" produced Resolute Pictures, Inc., released in early 2000. The film also includes music by new-age artist ENYA. Most recently, Robert composed the instrumental musical score to the new Todd Russell/Alex Dove horror films "Dead Guys" and "Das Hause".
Robert owns & operates his own independent music production facility URBAN PRODUCTIONS, where he records & produces both his and other artists'' music.
There are four Robert Urban CDs available - the 1997 critically acclaimed "godless"; the award-winning 2000 Elegies; the 1980s retrospective who i was (also released in 2000); and the new 2003 Rock Widow.
Robert performs everywhere, including various outdoor music festivals, with his own progressive art-rock group - The Robert Urban Band.
Recent Career & Performance Highlights
- "URBAN PRODUCTIONS BOLDLY PRESENTS" - self-produced, ongoing concert series featuring new & established musical artists from all over the U.S.(hosted by Robert Urban)
- Winner - StoneWall Society 2003 "Pride Song of the Year" Award for DON''T ASK, DON''T TELL from the ROCK WIDOW cd. StoneWall Society 2002 "Pride Song of the Year" Award for THE WAITING SONG from the ELEGIES CD.
- Listed as one of ten IMPORTANT VOICES IN MODERN ROCK -Vol. 2, No. 3, March 2001 - THE PROGRESS REPORT
- Winner of Two 2001 OUTMUSIC OMA AWARDS
1. Outstanding Live Performer of the Year
2. Outstanding Recording ("Elegies")
- Nominee - 2001 NY Regional INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD presented by The MUSIC RESOURCE GROUP organization and sponsored by THE MUSICIAN''S ATLAS
U.S. Music Festivals - NYC Pride Festival (2001), Brooklyn Pride Festival (2003)Connecticut Pride Festival (2001 & 2002), Atlanta Pride Festival (2000), Virginia Pride Festival (1998)
- National Tour (including performances in Atlanta, New York City, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia) (1996 thru 2000)
- LADYFEST 2002 NYC Festival
- listed in "Award Winning Men" 2002 book.
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