Album Review: ‘Shipbuilder’ by Drew Gibson


shipbuilder

by John Ellis

“Nobody knows anything.” William Goldman

As an Oscar winning screenwriter, Goldman, with the quote above, was talking about the mystery of cinema – what makes a movie a success? No one can legitimately say because, “nobody knows anything.” Elaborating further, Goldman added, “Not one person in the entire motion picture field knows for a certainty what’s going to work. Every time out it’s a guess and, if you’re lucky, an educated one.”

You would think that a highly feted screenwriter would know exactly what makes for a successful movie, but Goldman was far more honest than many of his peers hawking “how to be a Hollywood success” books. The writer of All the President’s Men, The Princess Bride, and other highly acclaimed films knew that his success was due as much to being in the right place at the right time as it was to his prodigious talent. In the end, there’s no accounting for why one artist reaches the level of broader cultural consciousness and another worthy artist does not.

Continue reading

Advertisements

Drew Gibson Live: Spinning Jenny and Iota

drew gibson live 3by John Ellis

When seeing indie musicians/bands in concert, there is the risk that the live experience will be disappointing. There are a variety of reasons for that. One reason is because many indie musicians lack stage presence, or they haven’t logged enough hours on stage to develop whatever stage presence they do possess. Another reason is because the producer they hired to record their album worked his or her magic and created the illusion that the musician is better than he or she actually is; the musicianship is lacking. I have had many concert experiences ruined by either or both of those reasons. Thankfully, every Drew Gibson concert that I’ve had the privilege of attending has been rewarding; and I’ve seen him in concert several times.

Continue reading

1532 by Drew Gibson

by John Ellis

Mother’s Day may dominate the battle of progenitor holidays, but I think that Fathers may very well have the unfortunate edge, albeit slight, in DREW(FINAL*).inddweighing heavily on the psyche of adult children – at least the psyche of adult children who are writers[1]. Classic works of literature like Fathers & Sons, The Brothers Karamazov, and even The Glass Menagerie, a play with an absent father, have motifs that are dominated by fathers. The creators of pop culture often rely on the father/child dynamic as platforms for plotlines, too. The tension between fathers and their children is played out on TV shows like Parenthood[2], Frasier, and the comedy That 70’s Show. There’s no mistake that many adult children often view their relationship with their father through a complicated lens of love and tension. 1532, the new album from DC based musician Drew Gibson, while no less complex than many of the tension filled portrayals of father/child relationship, is a beautiful testament to the positive influence that a loving father holds over his children.

Continue reading