Field Session °3: Battery Townsley

Happy to share ‘Field Session °3: Battery Townsley’, the latest in an ongoing collaboration with cinematographer and bud, Ian Albert, celebrating the natural surrounds of the greater SF/Bay Area. Battery Townsley is nestled along the bluffs of Marin Headlands overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Aside from its spectacular setting, the battery has incredible acoustic resonance, making it a great space to explore sound-based work. Special shout-out to the starlings singing along with me.

As always, thank you for taking the time to listen!

DPG

Furniture Music II review via Foxy Digitalis

Warmed to receive such thoughtful words on Furniture Music II via Foxy Digitalis. Brad Rose, an interdisciplinary artist/musician and principal writer/editor of Foxy D, has deep roots in the extended community so it feels extra special to know he connects so personally to this music.

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Full review:

“Whenever I listen to Danny Paul Grody’s Furniture Musicreleases, I laugh a little at the idea of these utterly fantastic pieces blending into the background. Grody is such a good guitarist and his ability to craft music that grows in stature through repeating themes and melodies is special, but it’s the essence of these songs that keeps them centered. Furniture Music II is a glowing invitation to let the long shadows linger a little longer and hold onto the small glimpses of what is possible for all days.

Written during the dark days of the pandemic, these straightforward, lovely songs offer clarity in a world where there isn’t much of it. Grody’s unadorned, straight-ahead style feigns simplicity, but in truth, this music is swimming with a thousand emotional undercurrents, intertwined and held softly. “The Hum of an Empty House” takes short steps tiptoeing through the magical, elusive quiet. Grody’s arrangement rocks back and forth with momentary lulls where the whisper of his breath is audible, enhancing the intimacy and warmth. On “Clearing” the silence is filled with rushes of activity as the resonance in the strings infuses the moment with light. 

Each piece on Furniture Music II holds its own space. It’s as if each is a room in our homes with its own character and emotion. Washes of drifting memories permeate “The Longview.” Quickening the cadence, Grody adds an urgency to the fingerpicked exultations. It’s like a running monologue in the back of my mind, reminders of the days lost as I try to find solace in the fact I’m still here and will be able to create new moments in the future. Sometimes it’s too much and in acknowledging that, Grody slows down and takes a deep breath on closer, “Holding Pattern.” Crisp notes sing into the emptiness, filling the spaces between us with comfort and mirth.

Maybe this is background music in the way it saturates the familiar moments with an added weight. The inquisitive opening chords of “Returning Light” suggest the beginning of a cycle, whether it’s a day, a week, or a lifetime. We repeat so many patterns and motions that they can lose meaning; putting our child to sleep every night or seeing the sun each morning becomes mundane even though each instance still matters. Grody’s music reminds us to search for the secret beauty in those moments and, as Furniture Music suggests, weave it into every moment we can.” – Brad Rose, Foxy Digitalis (published Dec. 16, 2021)

Furniture Music II

Announcing the release of Furniture Music II this Friday, Nov. 5th via Bandcaamp! The music is meant to be a companion to the OG of the same name and extends my interest in unadorned 6 and 12-string acoustic finger style guitar. I hope these tunes can offer you some respite as they have for me during the uncertain times of the pandemic and beyond.

As always, thank you for taking the time to listen!

With love,

DPG

Onward, onward…

Well it’s officially been one month since shelter-in-place took effect here in San Francisco. As we all learn to adjust to this strange interior existence, I am reminded of the uncertainty many of us hold as we go about our lives. This tune reflects that uncertainty… kind of like getting on a train and not quite knowing where you’re going. Onward, onward!

With love,

DPG

For the time being…

It’s the middle of the week and my sense of time continues to feel more and more abstracted. A friend of mine once described the difference between being “on” time and being “in” time. To be on time is to adhere to a schedule and to prioritize things like punctuality. To be in time means one relates to time in a much looser way. I identify with the latter and tend to move at my own pace.

With that, I offer a tune to welcome the sun after a couple days of steady rain. Music is my marker…

Wishing you all good health!

-DPG

Sketch for Winter VI: “Other States”

Dear friends,

I’m thrilled to share the release of “Sketch for Winter VI: Other States” officially out today on the excellent Geographic North imprint, available on cassette or digitally. This is my contribution to their wonderful sketch for winter series, marking not only the the end of the winter season, but also this years installment which also features the beautiful music of Mark Van Hoen (Seefeel). It was an honor to take part. I’m so excited to see this project come to light and to share with you all!

Please visit Adhoc‘s generous premiere of the album as well as a brief interview that Anti Gravity Bunny did with me.

Hope you enjoy the tunes and thanks for listening…

Warmly,

DPG

Past, present, future…

Dear friends,

2015 has been quite a year. Loved ones have departed, I re-entered academia, and of course listened to, saw, and took part in a lot of music…

Distilling a years-worth of music and life into a single list is an impossible task… That being said, here is my attempt at a best-of for the wonderful label Geographic North, who I’ll have the pleasure of releasing new music with in 2016! I really look forward to sharing the new sounds with you soon, but in the meantime please have a look at my and a few other artists year-in-review HERE

All the best to you in the NEW YEAR!

DPG

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A new song and (late) welcome to Spring!

Finally go the chance to sit down and record this tune… I’ve been playing it out for a little while now and am happy to be able to share it with folks, near and far. I like to think of it as a companion to the material from my last album “Furniture Music”. Hope you enjoy it and happy Spring to you!

Warmest,

DPG