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?
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
Love your songs! Enjoyed your shows at The Dothan Opera House and The Imogene Theater. Yes, we're the ones who hung around and took the selfie with ya. Edward offered apologies for the Dothan crowd... Hope to hear you again soon!
Thanks so much for listening. No worries on the noisy crowd, just part of the ebb and flow of touring I don't take it personally. Happy to have met y'all, see you soon!
Hey man me and some friends were at your show with Josh in Jax. I fell in love with your stories and really feel a deep conversation with a lot of your songs. We were all wonder where you are at in your journey and relationship, your music sheds light on a lot of things we struggle with as Christians e.g. Hospital Hymn and Doubters Prayer.
I'm just bouncing down the path on the same journey we are all on man. My first step was to change the questions I ask myself. I traded "what happens after we die" with "how do I live my life most fully now?". That question made it so much easier to be kind to people and most importantly to myself. Leaving the framework of Christianity was one of the healthiest steps in my spiritual journey, but I think it is different for everyone. Ask better questions! Always a good place to start. Cheers man
Won't she ever take off that necklace that I gave her?
It's chaos to recall how it once shined
I know, she knows I notice and we smile so demure
When your love runs underneath there's no sense in trying
The people I used
Same new years eve blues
And a new man by her side
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!