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In a lot of ways today (election day 2016) is a dark and sad day. Many of us feel cheated and insulted by the choice that is before us. As divided as the country may seem right now, and as much as watching this process unfold over the last year has dealt a blow to my faith in democracy, there is a bright side to it all. I think election time forces us to become more in tune with our personal sense of what we think is best for our world and fellow human. I for one feel that the outrage that I've continuously felt at this flawed, corrupted circus of a process has spurred immense personal growth that I hope I channel into action. As tough as it was to see Bernie lose, I am immensely grateful that in a time when it seems like our leaders are bought and paid for, that there are people like Bernie at all. Figuring out how to feel, and how you want your involvement in the world to be when the system you live under is staggeringly ill, is a journey. At least one stage in that journey is the emotional feeling that I hate it all and I wish it would all just fucking crash so that we can start over. This song is about that stage on the journey. I do believe in moving past that and channeling that anger into something positive, but the anger is very real, very powerful, and very valid.
Rise out of the Ashes is dedicated to the whistleblowers. The people who have risked their lives and sacrificed everything go toe to toe with a seemingly vast and infinitely powerful machine, because it was the right thing to do. These are our modern superheroes.
released November 8, 2016
Music and Lyrics by Sam Gutman
Original Artwork by Brianna Barton of Everybody Colors
Performed By Out of the Beardspace and Friends
Out of the Beardspace members on this recording:
Sam Gutman- Vocals, Keyboards, Flutes, Sound Effects
Ethan Feinstein - Drums and Percusion
Zach LoPresti - Electric Guitar
Jeremy Savo - Electric and Acoustic Guitar, SFX
Matt O'Neil - Bass Guitar
Friends on this Recording:
Ian Grey - Trombone
Jordan Berger - Bowed Double Bass
Mark Polyansky - Violin
Recorded, Mixed, and, Mastered by Dave Downham at Gradwell House Studio in Haddon Heights, NJ.