We are working out the bugs on the newly updated website which includes this new (to me) blogging format.
So hold on while we get this thing headed in the right direction. We switched over to a PayPal system in the site’s store but will be reverting back to the previous system soon. It didn’t seem right that people who wanted to pay with a credit card should have to start a PayPal account just to buy a record or songbook.
The main creative project at the moment is a DVD which should be out this summer. The final format is still being worked out but I can tell you it will be very high quality video and audio. The main part of the DVD is a performance of 19 songs recorded live without an audience at a theatre in Los Angeles. The players and singers include: Michael Manring on bass, Russ Rentler on mandolin, Amilia Spicer on vocals, and Susan Werner on guitar, piano and vocals. I’m in there as well playing and singing as you might expect. I will post the set list when that is finalized. The DVD is entitled “The Gypsy Life” and the band’s working name is “The Godfrey Daniels Spasm Band”. Anyway, I’ll sign off now and get this up on the site.
The thing I like about this new deal is that when I’ve realized I’ve said something stupid I can delete it or correct it without too much trouble. I can then replace it with something new that I’ll eventually come to regret…
My current mantra is:”No one is above criticism or beyond redemption”.
All for now — John G.
Great news that you are making a DVD. I will order that one as soon as possible. I still like to know if you like the “John Gorka video site” I hope you do. Please let me know…
Jos Van Vliet
Very cool about the DVD, I have no doubt it will be great. Will there be any solo JG action on the disc? I ask, because one of my favorite scenes in your ‘Artist Profile’ video was Thoughtless Behavior with just you and your guitar, it really blew me away.
Anyway, it’s nice to see some signs of life on this site again, hopefully you will make some time every once in a while to write something down that sticks and you don’t feel compelled to delete it off.
btw – you might want to change that picture, you would’t want to give people the idea that your happy all the time. You did make Land Of The Bottom Line, let’s not forget.
PayPal no longer requires a person to signup to process their payments. Good luck with the new site.
From your biggest and oldest fan in Montana.
I’m so computer illiterate but am hoping this is the right way to comment…
No one ever likes their own picture but I’d have to agree that this one is not my favorite – it’s a good picture but it doesn’t seem like you. But then, what do I know? I’ve only seen you once! (And, if I were doing the redeeming there might be a few beyond…it’s good that I haven’t been given that responsibility)
The DVD is exciting news and what great company you – and they – are keeping! I’ll order as soon as it’s available. As with the majority of your songs, most on “Writing in the Margins” get better the more you listen! Thanks.
Funny, but that was the first thought I had after the “Oh, good, a new site.”
I know you a little bit, John, and that pic seemed a little foo-foo to me — especially for you.
We’ll just say you are very secure….
Hello again, from that “aground” town.
Looking to get up Vermont way this summer and check up on JB.
ok, I think I get the “no one is beyond redemption” part … what are the 19 songs?
So glad to see the site up. Really enjoyed your show at the Triple Door. Thanks for taking the time to chat afterward. See you at Gig Harbor. Should be great. Hoping maybe you and Cliff will do a few tunes together.
I love the jukebox feature… unfortunately, my computer at work is the only one with the capacity to open it so I guess I’ll be working a lot more – Someone’s really doing a good job on this site…thanks!
Easily solved, you must upgrade your Flash Player Plugin to version 9. You can get the latest plugin at http://www.adobe.com.
Thanks so much…I knew Gorka fans were among the most intelligent people on the planet(with one exception, it seems) and you’ve just proved me right once again. I really appreciate the information – bless you!
John, since it seems to be the thing to comment on, I must say this about your picture. I like it. It’s like an adoring parent peering over the sofa at his youngens. (So there you guys!) And hey, when are you coming back to Virginia Beach/Norfolk area? I know of a great place on the Eastern Shore of VA that would suit you better than the “city”…great acoustics, great people….let me know
Yikes…first you’re smiling, then you’re not!! I like this picture better even though you’re not smiling (and even though no one asked for my opinion) because there is a definite twinkle in the eyes!
Where can I find words to (or listen to) “The Pilot Light’s Gone Out in Our Oven of Love”?
Can anyone verify (and fill in the blank) for my incomplete recollection of John’s comment: Lord, send us an unbeliver to spare us from the _____ of those with moral certaintude.
I’ve got my 50th birthday coming up, and I’m having a bunch of folks over to play music in the garage (using the same PA I bring to the shows in Indy). I see you’ll be in Ohio, almost close enough to drop by, but just far enough away to make that impractical. I’ll send some folks to your show in Buffalo the night before, though.
Closing in on that milestone provoked some thoughts as I looked in the mirror. Do you mind if I add a verse to “People My Age”?
People our age
been looking gross for quite a while
some of us embrace it,
most are in denial
hiding it with makeup,
surgery and guile
when I hear you singing,
I really have to smile ’cause)
People our age
been looking gross for quite a while
OK, you guys, you are really too hard on yourselves…talented at verse, though!
Maybe we need to redefine “gross” – if 50 is the new 40, and ‘bad’ is now ‘good’, why couldn’t we make ‘gross’ the new ‘hot’?
I’m thrilled to find John’s site looking so inviting and full of information. His mentioning of the DVD doesn’t do the project justice…but that is John’s way. First, let me share a little about the history of my connection to John and his music. My Boulder-based sister played “Land of the Bottom Line” many years ago during a visit…I was hooked. A lot of spins later and a collection that includes almost every CD…I’m a thoroughly hooked Gorka fan. About two years ago, my wife and I went to McCabes here in Los Angeles. It was a great show and afterwards I introduced myself to John and purchased his latest disc.
As I’ve built my little audio/video DVD label, I’ve alwasy wanted to connect with John about doing a project with us. Thanks to Dan Navarro and personal recommendation we have connected and the project is well on it’s way. There’s more information at our site and even audio samples of the 19 tracks that we captured. Interviews, rehearsal, laughing and lots of other stuff will be included on this 2 disc/4 sided project. As we’ve done with other Collectors Edition, John has agreed to sign and number this limited release. More information is a http://www.aixrecords.com/catalog/john_gorka.html.
John was in Florida when we had an incredible 5.1 surround sound setup AND HD Video projection set up in a demonstration room [a project for Intel]. He got to hear his performances in the best possible circumstances. It was really a pleasure to have him experience his artistry this way and to have those that gathered in the room introduced to him and his music.
Just ordered this. My expectations are high; my excitement unabashed. Thanks,
Consumer Electronics Reviews…
I couldn’t understand some parts of this article, but it sounds interesting…
I saw you at the Barns at Wolftrap last Thursday and wanted to say Thanks for such a great performance. I hope you are feeling a heck of alot better than that night. You did a sensational job and it was wonderful to see you. The last time I saw you was in Chicago at Holstein’s.
Take care of yourself.