Music as Refuge: the Life of John Gorka

by Brian DAmbrosio on Huffington Post (01/04/14)

Rules of art were made to be shattered.
When broken by accident, that’s gaucheness. When broken on purpose, well, that’s style.
John Gorka’s technique breaks free from the rules of modern music.

… With a tangle of songs that emotionally connect us all and leave a tender trace, John Gorka stimulates the cerebrum, keeps our smiles agile and fit and reconnects us with what really matters most in music: honesty. His atmosphere allows for the listener to feel his individualized attention, his lyrical tenderness, his care for the guitar and his true presence.”

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Whether you laugh or cry, John Gorka’s songs still resonate

Michael Granberry, Arts and Features

John Gorka has heard of the episode of The Simpsons where Jackson Browne shows up to sing at the surprise birthday party for Homer’s wife, Marge. Browne announces that he’ll play songs from his new album, to which the crowd lets out a loud, collective groan.

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John Gorka’s Writing in the Margins

There are few contemporary songwriters that come anywhere close to the talent of John Gorka. His songs have a way of working on you long after you thought you had it all figured out. I will listen to a song that I know all the words to and can sing a long with and then one day sitting at a traffic light I realize that there was a whole other layer of meaning that I had missed.

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