Grateful to share a new song, ‘September Flower’, as part of the Amazon Original series (curated by Stephen Brower) with contributions from the likes of Laraaji, Roger Eno, among others. Hope you enjoy what you hear and I encourage you to check out all the artists contributions!
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!
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.
“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)
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!
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!
Seasons greetings! Here’s a little ode to autumn. I tend to be at my most creative around this time of year and occasionally like to share works-in-progress. Hope you enjoy!
It’s an incredible honor to announce I’ll be playing The Thousand Incarnations of the Rose coming up April 13-15. The festival takes place in Takoma Park, MD (hometown of John Fahey) and brings together rare appearances of luminaries such as Peter Lang, Harry Taussig, and Peter Walker alongside younger players expanding on the rich lineage of American primitive guitar. In addition to live music, there will also be panel discussions, previously unseen live footage of artists like the late great Jack Rose, and the D.C. premier of documentary Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho. To learn more about the festival and it’s inspiration, check out this excellent feature.
I hope you can make it to this very special event!
6:30 PM Rob Noyes @ Rhizome
7:20 PM Matt Sowell @ Rhizome
7:30 PM Will Csorba @ Takoma Beverage Company
8:20 PM Max Ochs @ Takoma Beverage Company
8:30 PM (Pass Holders Only) Lloyd Thayer @ Allyworld
9:20 PM (Pass Holders Only) Charlie Schmidt @ Allyworld
9:30 PM Joseph Allred @ Busboys and Poets
10:20 PM David Shapiro @ Busboys and Poets
10:30 PM Alexander Turnquist @ Republic
11:20 PM Chuck Johnson @ Republic
Events in the Community Center are for pass holders only:
11:30 AM Nick Schillace
12:30 PM Panel Discussion
3:00 PM Rare John Fahey, Jack Rose Footage
5:30 PM Sarah Louise
6:20 PM Willie Lane
7:10 PM Peter Walker
8:30 PM Glenn Jones
9:20 PM George Stavis
10:10 PM Marisa Anderson
The following Saturday performances are public:
1:00 PM Danny Paul Grody @ Carroll Café
1:50 PM Dylan Golden Aycock @ Carroll Café
3:40 PM Don Bikoff @ Takoma Park Gazebo
4:30 PM Mark Fosson @ Takoma Park Gazebo
In the Community Center:
10:30 AM Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho
12:00 PM Discussion with the Director, Liam Barker.
2:00 PM Itasca (Kayla Cohen)
2:50 PM Daniel Bachman
3:40 PM Nathan Bowles
4:30 PM Is@s@
6:00 PM Rich Osborn
6:50 PM Harry Taussig
7:40 PM Peter Lang
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!