Corey Kilgannon
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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...


Corey Kilgannon responded on 04/20/2018
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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.

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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 :)

https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https://image.slidesharecdn.com/whatispostmodernism-130109161746-phpapp02/95/what-is-postmodernism-1-638.jpg?cb%3D1357748301&imgrefurl=https://www.slideshare.net/hannahaman/what-is-postmodernism-15923219&h=479&w=638&tbnid=nnNtfjmW6rohIM:&tbnh=150&tbnw=200&usg=__5pJpVpHaVZ1c0j0jWzX-dbXc5J0%3D&vet=10ahUKEwio9-6c4sPaAhXPMd8KHafHDJ4Q_B0I0wEwDQ..i&docid=uNh62LH5LQBf-M&itg=1&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwio9-6c4sPaAhXPMd8KHafHDJ4Q_B0I0wEwDQ


Corey Kilgannon responded on 04/20/2018
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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!

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Would you say you identify yourself as more of a postmodernist?


Corey Kilgannon responded on 04/16/2018
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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?

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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.


Corey Kilgannon responded on 04/15/2018
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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!

CK

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What are the chords for Narcotics?


Corey Kilgannon responded on 04/10/2018
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I honestly can't remember I improvised most of that take, these days I play it in G

G, D/F# Em Verse
Prechorus Am D

Chorus
G Am
G D/F# Em
Am D

Hope that helps, I play mostly by ear and suck at chord charts.

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Corey,
Just wanted to say thank you again for coming to Athens and playing for us. I can’t get enough of seeing you live, man, it’s amazing. Thanks for hanging out with the crowd and talking to us afterwards, I look forward to our 30 second catch-ups a lot actually! So yeah, thanks man. I really love your music. It makes me think about good stuff that matters.
As for the question, I’ll ask you what you asked us, what’s your favorite color?


Corey Kilgannon responded on 04/10/2018
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Thanks so much for coming out. What a special show. Lately my favorite color has been something in the kind of light blue/purple spectrum (I know thats vague) but I noticed that when I close my eyes and really zone out there is this light aura (not sure if this is true for everyone and somehting we just don't pay attention to). I've put my hands over my eyes and stuff to make sure its not just light through my eyelids. Give it a try! I'll have to name the color or something if I can find an external comparison haha

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What are the cords for Jacksonville?


Corey Kilgannon responded on 04/03/2018
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VERSE:

Em A
Em A

PRE:

G Bm A
G Bm A

CHorus

Em A
D D/C# Bm
Em A
D D/C# Bm
E(maj) A

Bridge
G A Bm E
G A Bm E A

Hope this helps! Kind of simple only thing to watch for is the E majors and minors :)

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Hey Corey! I recently messaged you on facebook about this but yeah your music helps me so much, in ways I don't think I can really explain (for fear of discovering why myself). I'm in CT and would love to see you play so i'll have to make a trip or something. Anyways I'm now realizing I'm obligated to ask a question, so hi. How you been?

Nella


Corey Kilgannon responded on 04/03/2018
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I'm so thankful you let it help you! Touring the NE has been really tough for me for some reason, I am playing in NYC (brooklyn) this month you should take a trip! To be honest, the sentiment of being afraid to discover the roots of our issues makes so much sense to me. I've learned that it is important, and its ok to do so fearfully, try to be patient and kind to yourself as you figure things out though