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#39;While Biblical references have frequently played a role in Gundersens songwriting, he casts off his last subconscious bonds to religion in Empty From The Start, which plays out as something of an existentialist manifesto. This is all we have / This is all we are / Blood and bones no holy ghost / Empty from the start, he sings. But rather than leading him to embrace nihilism, the revelation causes Gundersen to find more meaning than ever in humankind, and brings out a new degree of selflessness, as he concludes, The only thing worth loving more than me is loving you.If we are ultimately alone and there is no God and no one will ever truly know whats going on inside of us, I think the most valuable thing we can do is to at least attempt to know someone, he explains. And thats what I think love is, whether its romantic love or familial or simply friendship or companionship. To make someone else feel slightly less alone, and in that process become slightly less alone yourself, that to me seems like one of the few truly valuable things that we can do in this life.The concepts of value and meaning are clearly ones that occupied much of Gundersens consciousness during the writing of the album. He tackles the notions on Selfish Art, asking, Am I giving all that I can give? Am I earning the right to live?I think thats a question that Ive come to terms with more recently, he says. I realized while writing these songs that so much of what I do in life as a professional artist, the idea of getting paid to talk about your feelings, is inherently selfish and narcissistic. While I do believe in the transformative nature of art, I have to be conscious of not becoming self-obsessed, which can come so easily.Its a difficult balance, but perhaps the greatest triumph of Carry The Ghost is that Gundersen pulls it off with a seemingly effortless refinement. This is the sound of a songwriter looking inward to look outward, accepting his limitations to liberate himself. Its the sound o
  • Start:October 29, 2017 Time: 8:00 PM
  • End:October 29, 2017 Time: 11:59 PM
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  • Where:Grey Eagle Tavern, 185 Clingman Avenue, Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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  • Event Type: Concerts & Music
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