Corey Kilgannon
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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!

Corey Kilgannon responded on 05/17/2018

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! :)



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!

Corey Kilgannon responded on 05/08/2018

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
Turn/V/Chorus =Same
Em F#m G Bm Am C D Em Dsus/D (2x)
Em A


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...

Corey Kilgannon responded on 04/20/2018

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 don't take it so seriously :)

Corey Kilgannon responded on 04/20/2018

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!


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

Corey Kilgannon responded on 04/16/2018

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.

Corey Kilgannon responded on 04/15/2018

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!



What are the chords for Narcotics?

Corey Kilgannon responded on 04/10/2018

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

G Am
G D/F# Em
Am D

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