Hey corey! I’ve been listening to your music for some time now and all of your songs have so much depth that sometimes I can hardly even understand. Recently, music in general is just written to make money but yours is so much more than that and I truly appreciate it for everything it is. That being said I have a couple random and unrelated questions for you.
1. You’ve commented on Christianity in most of your songs and said that you have kind of abandoned the ritual parts of it but I guess I was wondering if you still believe that God is there and if you still follow him?
2. What exactly is the meaning behind ‘Whale Song’? Very beautiful, but very deep.
3. The end of ‘Rosanna’ there is a young man talking and I’ve listened to it so many times, I think I memorized it, I was wondering if it was the Joseph mentioned in the song? If this is too personal it’s okay if you don’t want to talk about it. Totally understand
4. How old are you?
Nah I'm only in this for the cash!
Kidding of course. Yeah I don't really consider myself a "christian" these days. It's been a long journey to even be able to say that, but the more I've abandoned the titles and the organization of spirituality, the more I've been able to experience it. I read a lot, I'm even reading a book by a Christian Mystic right now hoping to rebuild a more concrete understanding, but for now I find a lot of peace looking for God outside of any specific church.
I think Whale Song is a little all over the place, Its kind of a break up song with a lot of cosmic undertones and comments on timing and stuff.
3. Was just talking about this with one of my best buds (we met through Joe). It is his voice. Its a goodnight voicememo he left to an old girlfriend before he passed. He was just talking about going on a trip someday and I loved the casualness of it. That song is immensely personal and I truly miss him so much, but sharing helps the grief.
I'm 23 :)
Shoot I think its in the key of F on the record? Maybe G.... I think I play it in G these days
C G D G (G7)
C Em D G G7
C G D
C Em D
So I guess its really the same progression the entire song! Hope that helps I play by ear and can never really remember what I'm doing unless I've got a guitar in my hands haha.
I've been listening to your music for about a month, and I have to say, it's some of the most vulnerable, honest, deeply powerful and moving music I've heard. Thank you for being so real. I know I'm probably echoing so many when I say this, but I heard "Doubter's Prayer" at a time where I was struggling with my own faith, while also leading worship weekly at a church group at my school. I just want to thank you for that brutally honest song that made me recognize that I am not the only person questioning what I believe.
Anyways, what's something you're looking forward over the summer?
Thanks for listening and opening your mind to the ideas in there. Happy to be a part of your journey.
I'm looking forward to laying low in Florida and resting. Feeling totally worn out from the last two records, and need some chill time to recharge. :)
Take it easy!
Firstly, I want to thank you for your music. I hope hearing that never loses its significance. “Doubter’s Prayer” saved me at one of my lowest points with depression and I can’t thank you enough for penning the words that stitched up my soul. At the risk of getting a bit too heavy, I’d like to say as someone who grapples with her faith daily—no matter what I pray and what I’m told I should believe—it’s healing to hear that you’re not alone in your struggles.
Secondly, and less heavy, are you a Pisces? I feel like you’re a Pisces.
Thirdly, I live in an area outside of Chicago with a lot of fun breweries and coffee shops with live music. What’s the best way to go about putting a bug in the establishment’s ear about your music, supposing you’d be open to a smaller venue?
Take care of yourself and thank you for YOU!
Thanks for sharing Jen. Truthfully, I feel like I lose the ability to see my music as significant at all daily and little messages like this often help keep me going. Thank you for the encouragement. I love that sentiment and agree. We all just kinda want to know that we aren't alone with our thoughts I suppose.
I think I'm a Leo? I get kind of confused about all those different things to be honest. Why do you feel like I'm a Pisces?
Unfortunately there is no establishment for you to place a bug into the ear of. Just me and an old pal that does all the management. We aren't actively booking right now (I need a break), but as soon as we are I'll definitely keep that area in mind. (Smaller venues are perfect my shows are generally 50-100 people).
Thanks for your kindness. New record tonight at midnight! :)
Mr. Kilgannon, in the 9/27/13 edition of the New York Times, your wonderful article on the life and lifestyle of Harry Rosen of Manhattan, then 103 years old (young) was published. Can you tell us what has transpired since? Thank you. Richard Henry
You've got the wrong Corey Kilgannon here Richard. Try him at email@example.com
Dude, I love your music and it's super inspiring! I love writing poetry about deep things and your songs really make me think and expand my poetical thinking. Two questions, a lot of your songs seem to be stemming from a theological background. Do you have Christian influences? Second, would you by any chance have the chords for "The Rhine"? Thanks, it's so cool we can talk to you on here!
Thanks so much Jake! Happy to help inspire. I definitely have an intense Christian background, grew up at a megachurch as a worship leader. Have since found what I hope is a more balanced and open minded view of spirituality and our purpose of being here, but I can't help but comment on Christianity and its themes.
Here's a rough outline of chords for the Rhine. I play it in Drop D, and do kind of a power chord formation, but I leave the G string open for some tension.
Intro/V D Bm D Bm (2x)
Chorus Em A Em A
Em F#m G Bm Am C D Em Dsus/D (2x)
The chords aren't hard, the voicings are just a little strange. Hopefully that helps get you started! Cheers man
Corey, has your father heard your song 23 Years? What did he say?
You don't have to answer if it's too personal, but I'm asking because my parents have gone through some tough times and the song resembles their relationship. It brought me to tears listening to the song (more like sobbing) and thinking about what they must have gone through, especially my mother. I feel so bad for her, but also through them I learn what the true meaning of love is, to die together. My parents are still together, but I sometimes think what it would be like if they had separated because it's often unbearingly painful to see them struggle. And I get so confused and I don't know how to simply "be" between the two as their daughter. It's not merely the matter of who's side I take because it's much more complicated than that. I've just had more time to think since I'm not with them right now (college). The distance definitely helps, but I'm afraid of what's to come when I go back to see them in the summer...
I think he heard it, he's not much of a lyrics guy and in truth we never really had much of a candid conversation about their split and everything. Maybe someday we will, but I've grown up enough to understand that as people there are sometimes pains we can't talk about, so I've been able to just sort of move on and get to know him in other ways. The separation of my parents was undoubtedly really painful for them, and terrible for my sis and I, but these things can happen and looking back in a strange way I'm glad it did. Life can take all sorts of curves, and I actually think my Dad is probably the closest to happy he's been in a long time. When our parents come down from the pedestals we put them on as kids, its a whirlwind. Glad those tunes can offer an emotional release for that, best of luck with whatever happens.
Well, I saw this picture, and correct me if I'm wrong, but a lot of what you say seemed to line up with this theory. So I was just wondering if you identify yourself as a post-modernist.
Maybe not the last one so much, or what do you say?
And I really shouldn't narrow down the whole definition of post modernism into what this one photo is saying in the first place...so don't take it so seriously :)
Oh cool I like those points a lot, agreeing that maybe the third one is maybe at least just a little more complicated that. I would say if I just had to choose, I lean towards mystic tendencies. Which in summary is just that like....the more we try to explain why and how we are here the less we really understand it, and embracing that nothingness is really the purest "reality" we can experience. I appreciate your caveat about not taking it too seriously, wish that was understood every time any two people had a conversation about beliefs. Truth is, I think what we do and how we are is more important than why we are. WE'RE ALL HERE NOW MAN! WOO!
Well I had to google what that even means to be able to answer, truthfully I'm not really sure? Some things made sense to me, some didn't seem to line up with what I think about things. Why do you ask? Maybe you can narrow the question down a tad?
How do you write such emotionally deep songs that have more depth than a black hole and then just like, eat a sandwich after you play (probably)? I mean, I have to literally sit and think about every single thing I have ever done and evaluate every possible decision I will ever make and then cry about it for 6.5 hours after listening to one of your songs. Your words make their way into my literal soul. Never stop singing, please.
Haha thanks Hannah. I do love a good Jimmy Johns veggie sub right after playing, I used to also go straight from stage to green room and watch an episode of the office. In truth, its both and every night is different. It's always nice to have a few minutes after a set to decompress, and in show settings where I have to go straight to socializing with folks I find my mind just kinda freaks out a bit. The other side is, I perform these songs over and over and though they will always be deep and intimate, you can also truly "perform" them and kind of shut out the deeper underside of the lyrics and just focus on getting the melodies and chords right. Very happy it helps you connect with your soul, something we should all do more of. Cheers!