I’m in the midst of writing a song. A song I’m actually excited about. But part of me has this irrational fear. Someone is going to know which artists I’m stealing from.
I drive past The Paint Mixer | Paint and Wine Studio almost every day. Suddenly, I realize this weird concept. Imitating art and artists is a thing. People pay to imitate. They should Steal Like An Artist instead. But I realize this isn’t everyone’s ambition.
In a strange way, I’ve come to an acceptance. An acceptance of the concept, steal like an artist. Remix and create from something that already exists. A multitude of case studies and works in progress.
Phones are my worst enemy, particularly ringing phones. Rings and notifications happen while I practice. There should be no disturbing, no distractions. I’ve learned to turn my phone on airplane mode during practice time. Otherwise nothing gets done.
2017: The Future is Female. Last year, I listened to Laura Marling’s Reversal of the Muse. This conversation of gender and women in music have left this definitive character and mindset in me. There needs to be more women in a man’s world. I need more women in my life. I need to listen to more female artists. I am a woman and I need to be a part of this.
I’ve noticed that I’m tired of listening to the same male artists I always listen to. And I’m sure the current political situation in America has created this internal stress in me.
Lately, I’ve been listening to voices like Laura Marling, Laura Veirs, Brandi Carlile, The Staves, Shook Twins and Maggie Rogers. These women are everything to me. Through their music, I’ve found comfort and a spirit of sisterhood. Magic all worth aspiring to.
- Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony by Gregory Alan Isakov
- 22, A Million by Bon Iver
- This Unruly Mess I’ve Made by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
- You Want It Darker by Leonard Cohen
- La La La by Priscilla Ahn
EP: Johannesburg by Mumford & Sons
- Drug Dealer (feat. Ariana DeBoo) by Macklemore
- Best Kept Secret by case/lang/veirs
- Ophelia by The Lumineers
- I Need a Forest Fire (feat. Bon Iver) by James Blake
- Call Me Out by Shook Twins
- Hell No by Ingrid Michaelson
- Side Pony by Lake Street Dive
- New York Is My Home by Dion & Paul Simon
- Nothing We’ve Seen Before by Kid Reverie (Unreleased)
- Keeping Your Head Up by Birdy
- Gregory Alan Isakov with special guest, Ani DiFranco and Shook Twins | Morrison, CO | Red Rocks Amphitheatre (9.4.16)
- Gregory Alan Isakov and The Ghost Orchestra | Seattle, WA | The Showbox (8.6.16)
- Brandi Carlile | Park City, UT | Deer Valley Resort (8.13.16)
- Paul Simon | West Valley City, UT | Maverik Center (5.22.16)
- Mandolin Orange | Salt Lake City, UT | Kilby Court (2.13.16)
- Lake Street Dive with special guest, Gregory Alan Isakov | Red Butte Amphitheatre (8.14.16)
- Kacey Musgraves | Salt Lake City, UT | Red Butte Amphitheatre (9.8.16)
It’s been 3 months since I played a show. 2 months since I played at an open mic. I’ve been reminded I need to get back to practicing and get back on the road.
“I lit a thin green candle to make you jealous of me
But the room just filled up with mosquitoes
They heard that my body was free”
(Leonard Cohen, “One of Us Cannot Be Wrong”)
“We made some small talk. That’s where it should have stopped.”
(Bruce Springsteen, “Highway 29”)
“Don’t criticize what you can’t understand.”
(Bob Dylan, “The Times They Are A-Changin'”)
“If it ain’t fear that holds us
It’s fear that tears us down
Some grow weak in anger
Few grow weak in pain
Our Father loves you, always”
(Mandolin Orange, “Hey Adam”)
“You were a phonograph, I was a kid
I sat with an ear close, just listening
Well, time has a way of throwing it all in your face
The past, she is haunted, the future is laced
Heartbreak, ya know, drives a big black car
Swear I was in the back seat, just minding my own
The song in my head, well was all that I had”
(Gregory Alan Isakov, “Big Black Car”)