Just wanted to say thanks so much for your show in College Station. The music, the silence, and hearing what you had to say was a truly beautiful and moving experience. Bummed you didnt play Come on Eileen, but loved everything I heard! You certainly left me questioning a lot of things I have taken for granted, and I feel like it will lead me to a better place in life and in my own beliefs. Im wondering, what has led you to your views on organized religion, and where has it led you to in your personal life? Feel free to not answer that if you don’t want to. Cheers! -Josh
Hey thanks Josh,
I had a great time the other night. You were a lovely audience. Glad to help with the questions, its important to wonder I think.
I was raised in the christian church, was leading worship at age 11, and throughout even highschool was very religious. I've been through a series of hard times that allowed me to doubt the legitimacy of the organization, and instead just question what I believe and why on my own. Through that I got into mysticism and poetry, which has lead me to a much more spiritual life. I think the organizations are different lenses to try and understand the same thing... "God". Any religion that demands loyalty, money, or a "cult-like" following to itself and not to spirituality seems a bit of waste of time for me, though I see why so many of us need a safe space to ask questions and fellowship with like minded folks. For me, I feel church and see God in music, long walks, movies, books, conversations with strangers, etc. The point is everything!
First off, I love your music and think you're doing great things, so keep it up! Thus, after hearing The Rhine a few times I really noticed the lyrics and started crying at how beautiful and real and sad they are. I know this could be a sensitive question, but did you actually have a brother who died drowning after an accident? If so, how do you think that shaped you as a writer/person and if not, how do you come up with such deep lyrics? Do you think that there is one moment in your life that truly defined your style of music?
Such an intimate question, thanks for taking the time to really read into the lyrics. I was in Germany actually when my cousin got in a really nasty accident (he had been drinking and hit a tree head long). He should have died instantly, but miraculously escaped with only a few scratches. I wrote that song shortly after, I guess as an outlet for the fear I felt at the possibility of losing him. 11 months later, he died suddenly of an unforeseen heart problem he had since birth. I never got to show him the Rhine. In fact those months were probably the most distant we had been in communication since birth. It is the greatest change of my life, and haunts a lot of my lyrics still. I think every moment of my life defines my music, I try to let it filter purely from experience lived into poetry of some sort. The point is each moment between the grievances and the joys I suppose. The songs help life make a little more sense. Hope this helps, cheers!
Hey Corey, just wanted to thank you for all that you are and the music you make. I relate to a lot of your music a lot especially the notes of religion, love, lust, pain, etc. I’m a musician and I do mostly soul stuff outside of leading worship but you’re a big inspiration of mine.
I hope you venture out to OKC soon. And I don’t really have a question... maybe my question is when you come to Oklahoma would you be down for some writing?
Hey thanks so much man! Working on an OKC show for April. Send me some of your tunes? I don't really do co-writes very often, especially when touring I rarely get much writing done at all but perhaps we could make something work!
Thanks for listening.
Hey Corey, just discovered you via Spotify radio a month or two ago, definitely loving your music, 2 questions, is the song '23 years' a story of your own experience and what is the core meaning, also, any plans to come to Australia?
Well its not MY story in the sense that I haven't been married or anything. Sort of the story of my parents divorce actually.
I think the core meaning is that love costs a lot. No current plans, but I can't wait till the day it is possible!
Thanks! No plans as of yet, quite the plane trip from the States but I'd LOVE to make that happen. Where should I play?
ALL TIME, I guess I just have to go with the Beatles. I got into them a year ago and it is continually blowing my mind. More modern, I'm perpetually inspired by Connor Oberst/Bright Eyes. He's the man!
Corey, I am a huge huge fan! I discovered your music a little over 6 months ago on Spotify and I'm obsessed with all of it, especially "She Is Blue Sky, I'm the Gray". If you don't mind me asking, where exactly did you find insperation from Germany to write those beautiful pieces? And the lyrics are outstanding...what kind of process do you go through when it comes to composing lyrics?
Also, if you ever are around, you should stop by somewhere in Utah, me and a ton of friends would totally dig coming to a concert;)
Hey thanks Connor!
December 2014 one of my best friends and I wandered around Germany by train (I writing, he taking photos). It was a beautiful trip, met amazing people and was really inspired to see the countryside and culture of Germany. I don't really know how a lot of my songs come to be, its just sort of a spark of inspiration, and a lot of turning words around in my head for the days leading up to it. Once I have that, I often go through and edit/try to make the lines more poetic etc.
Really hoping to play in Utah this year! Will keep you posted.
I guess I don't really have the right words to describe how I feel when I listen to your music. All I can say is that its freaking amazing. I wish I could come see you perform, but the only place in Southern California that you're playing at (the Hotel Cafe in a couple weeks) I won't be able to attend (on account of not being 21 for almost two more years). If you come back to SoCal before the end of 2019, is it possible to book someplace not strictly 21+? If not, I'll just have to wait :)
Honestly, I just think that its amazing that you have all of these people writing to you about their healing experiences that your music influenced/helped with. I can't imagine how that must feel.
Thank you for everything.
Wishing you all the best,
I will absolutely try to be sure the next time I play is not 21+. Its a shame really! Didn't mean to book that kind of room. Its wonderful that the music has impacted some people's lives. I truly make it because I need to for my own processing, but I'm so thankful it means things to others.
Thanks for listening
I don't think they are up anywhere QUITE yet,
Twin taillights fiery Red
Phone rings its bad news again
Is someone sick or dying?
I’m a bit finished trying to pretend
Like it’s not what I expected
It’s in your bloodline to overcorrect
Theres three cars piled up, bleeding from your head
I’m a couple states away
Kind of bleeding from a stage
The love I sorely left neglected
Peace my child, let it be
Tomorrow see what a new day brings
Breathe my sister, let it go
There will be no telling what the future holds
But in the wash you’ll see
The lonely mystery points to something
Three golden rings in our ears
Color drains a face flushed with fear
Saw you tumble
All our childhood castles crumbled on the shore
where we’d wander off our lonesomeness
Collect photos of our wasted years
Summer California coast, trust is bought with tears
All my roaming searching for a home
Or just somewhere to settle with our brokenness
I just looked up Let The Great World Spins and it sounds great. I'll definitely try to give it a read.
Oh awesome! There aren't a ton of venues around my hometown. Either in Athens (where I'm at school) or anywhere in the Greater ATL area. I'll figure a way to get there.
And I'd definitely recommend The Book of Disquiet for a great poetry/fiction read!
Yeah its a wonderful book!
Working on Athens and ATL. Thanks!