Corey Kilgannon
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this might be kind of a rando question, but do you feel like drugs have helped open your mind and heart spiritually or influenced your music in any way?


Corey Kilgannon responded on 11/29/2018
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Absolutely. I could go on and on and on, and perhaps I will though I don't know how much I'll share to "anonymous" in case this is my mother or something! haha. I don't consider weed a "drug" per se, but smoking it has hugely impacted my creativity, my depression, and just my outlook on life. I've also had really transformative spiritual/psychological experiences on psychedelics (which I also don't really categorize as a drug or at least not when you think of all the "bad" ones like cocaine and heroin). I'm starting to become more comfortable speaking about my experiences and would be happy to share more if you have more questions. But, YES definitely. haha

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Hi! First off, I absolutely love your music and voice ! I love writing songs , whether or not they're good or not is debatable, but I was wondering how you match a melody to lyrics?


Corey Kilgannon responded on 11/29/2018
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For me its often a little bit simultaneous. Honestly lately I've been struggling to come up with good new melodies, it helps me a lot to listen to totally different genres and styles...mainly jazz lately. Just to think outside the acoustic folk box. Sometimes I do write some lyrics with no tune in mind, then its a matter of finding the right chords to go underneath it, and just kinda start singing something and edit till its a nice melody. The best ones kind of seem to just get stuck in my head though. :) Cheers and good luck! It's all one song.

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Buddy the Elf here, what's your favorite color?


Corey Kilgannon responded on 11/29/2018
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I'm gonna watch that movie this week huzzah

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Buddy the Elf here, what's your favorite color?


Corey Kilgannon responded on 11/29/2018
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SAAAAANNNTTTAAAA

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Buddy the Elf here, what's your favorite color?


Corey Kilgannon responded on 11/29/2018
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hope you find your dad!

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Will you please come to Columbus Ohio? I love your music and would love to see you live!!


Corey Kilgannon responded on 11/12/2018
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Hopefully soon! Played Rumba this year to a quite small audience so not sure my music has really made it around in Columbus yet. :) Spread the word and I'll try to come back asap!

Cheers,

CK

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Are you coming through the PNW anytime soon?? Come play in Portland!!


Corey Kilgannon responded on 10/23/2018
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I sure hope so! I'm actually sorta kinda relocating to Seattle very soon so I would expect a lot more PNW shows in 2019. :)

CK

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When did you pen the last verse on the live/Audiotree version of Rosanna? Heavy, beautiful song and the last verse is particularly striking. Almost seems like it embodies the “acceptance” stage of the 5 stages of grief.

A heartbreaking song, of course, but uplifting in the “baby, you’re the reason love is worth it.”


Corey Kilgannon responded on 10/16/2018
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Thanks so much. I can't remember exactly when I wrote it, and I'm admittedly not completely familiar with the stages of grief but that seems to be spot on what was happening. I wrote the initial song less than 6 months after Joseph passed, and added the extra verse at least a full year later. Was definitely part of my process to accept the loss. It broke my heart to write it, but love being worth it is a beautiful conclusion to reach however difficult it may be. Thanks for listening, cheers.

Corey

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Hey Corey! I'm OBSESSED with your lyrics and I love the guitar in your songs! I'm a little curious about your song writing process. I think song writing is so fascinating but so difficult! Do you write lyrics first or guitar first or both of them together? Do you have ideas of songs picked out long ahead of time or do they come spontaneously? Do you think of an idea to get a song started or just a lyric or two and then build the song around it? What do you do to get inspired? Thank you so so much!! If you ever play out in Canada--specifically southern Alberta I'm there!


Corey Kilgannon responded on 10/16/2018
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Totally hope to make it to Canada someday :) Thanks for the questions! To be honest, there's no one way for me sometimes they start with a guitar part sometimes with a lyric. Generally I'm always in the act of jotting down little notes be it a place, or just a word I like. Then when inspiration rolls along (generally when I'm home in one place not travelling all over) it all just comes together in a few hours of creativity. Inspiration comes from paying attention to the world around me, and just seeking to live an interesting life. I love nature, movies, conversations etc it all does into the songwriting "tank" so to speak. Songs are just made up ya know, some of us have knacks for it, It is one of my favorite things to do :) Some days it is really difficult I don't mean to be so nonchalant, I've never been one to force myself to write when I don't feel up to it though, and I think its helped. Cheers!

Corey

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Have you been through the Midwest recently? Id love to catch a show.....fan from COlumbus OH


Corey Kilgannon responded on 10/16/2018
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Just played Cleveland recently and a few others, will try to hit Columbus again some time it has been a while! Cheers

CK