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.”
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.
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!
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!
Just played Cleveland recently and a few others, will try to hit Columbus again some time it has been a while! Cheers
Love your music in its simplicity and realism. Also how you really open yourself up to your music and let the deepness of your soul out into the lyrics. I play a little guitar, but seeing as I have only started a few months ago I'm stuck with basics. I would very much like to learn to play in a style similar to yours some day. If you were to describe the genre of music you play, what would most closely fit?
Thank you so much! I learned to play guitar by just learning a ton of covers and stuff over the years....started with mayday parade and all time low and now I learn Beatles and oldies stuff. Fingerpicking just came slowly over the years, but the bottom line is you have to spend a looooong time playing :) I've been playing guitar for like 15 years, and I love it more and more and more. There's lots of stuff to learn keep it up! Genre I normally say "singersongwriter" but I fit in indie or folk or something too.
Hey Corey! I am a college student at Kansas State University. I can never make it to your concerts because they are so far away and I do not want to skip class. But if you ever come somewhere nearby, like Kansas City (what an awesome city let me tell you), I'll be there in a heart beat. Thanks for having awesome music and always over crowding my Spotify playlists.
I love Kansas City! I'll keep that in mind next time I book a tour would love to make it back out there. Maybe in November I'm hoping to confirm a TX tour I could swing up there.
Hey man! Just started listening to your songs from a month now and I’m just blown away by the deep meanings in your music and your voice too. Seriously, you make a huge change in my afternoons in college as I try to leave it just for a brief moment and go to a better place. Just wanted to thank you and ask you a question: since I’m Brazilian, do you ever plan coming to Brazil? (If you do, I would be the the first one to buy the tickets for your show!)
Thanks so much for the kind words man! I went to Florianopolis for a month two years ago to write songs and had the best time. Planning to return to record the record we wrote, and hopefully tour what city do you live in?
Cheers :) Here's a tune I wrote there:
I think I use a capo somewhere but the chord shapes are
G C G
G C G
for the verses and the chorus is
Its kind of weird shapes and I'm bad with naming chords so hopefully that helps :)
Hey!! I am a type nine enneagram, and I am really excited for the song to come out, will it be this year?? I recently heard you podcast explaining about song "Two", and i was impressed. Really your songs are a form of art, where it is not just about having a catchy song, but more about the meaning. Loved how everything helps to reflect the personality type!
Hey! Are you thinking of Sleeping at Last? Haha You've got the Corey Kilgannon email list here but I'm pretty sure he does songs on that?
Hey! Today I heard your songs for the first time, and I really liked the depth and meaningfull characteristic that they have. It is difficult to find musics that actually lesves you thinking. I was just reading some of your responses and when you mentioned that you were hurt by the religious organization while you were a Christian. Recently, I tried entering the worship team on my church, but they started questioning me and pracrically rejected me. It was a very painful moment because I really like music and fell like it is ibe of the best ways someone can connect with God. I feel that in some way we were both hurt by the organization. What have you done to heal? After parting with Gid for some time, I realized that the separation was not worth it just because people from church hurt me, what do you think about that?
Hey! Glad you found the tunes. I was a worship leader for several years, and after a few intense traumas and things just didn't find much meaning at the church anymore. there was a lot of other personal hurts and thing. Now a days, I experience "God" through reading/walking/meditating/writing music and having conversations with people about it, but I can't really be a part of anything too organized. I think structure can be beautiful, but I've yet to find one I fit into. I think its total BS that you HAVE to be at a church to be living a spiritual life, so I would encourage you to just give it time and pursue God in whichever way makes sense to you. :) I'm sorry that happened, I spend a lot of time trying to forgive and work through the bitterness. We're all just people trying to figure it out ya know.
Pretty sure the recording is in A?
I play it in G so just capo wherever
Am G (sus) G
Am G (sus) G
Its actually pretty much just aminor G with some little riffs and stuff, instrumental is
C Am G 2x
Bridge C am C am (2x)
G D/F# Em
Pretty simple chord wise! Hope that helps. :)