To quote the late Pat Conroy "it is important to stand for something of great value in a society that has debased itself with the fury of its own worst instincts." Now more than ever it is critical that people stand behind the courage of their convictions. "What ever happened to peace, love and understanding?" I'd like to know Elvis Costello I really would.
"What ever happened to peace, love and understanding?" I'd like to know Elvis Costello I really would.
I don't know what to tell the mother in the school pick up line who asks me innocently "how was your summer?"
How deep should I get in 30 seconds I wonder? "Fine, how was yours?" is the safe answer. But I often balk at the safety dance so I say instead, "Well Betsy, it was a shit shower. My beloved father-in-law passed away. My kids have been to 3 funerals in 4 months. The ceiling in my bedroom decided to cave in and I lost half my money in a bad investment. But the silver lining is that I put out a new album called Tumbleweed that I hope is mature and timely. I'm particularly proud of the protest songs on the album. Having the courage of your convictions Betsy that's all you can hang your hat on in this life. To quote the late Pat Conroy "it is important to stand for something of great value in a society that has debased itself with the fury of its own worst instincts." What takes courage? Putting yourself out there. "Well it's good to see you" she says pulling away. Yes, It is good to...
My "15 Minutes of Fame" with Andy Warhol. He didn't speak much in person but was the ultimate observer. That's what a good songwriter must do, observe and interpret the world around them. I'm not sure why Andy and I are wearing the same expression in this photo...perhaps we both felt like detached observers at this celebrity wedding where the photo was taken circa 1987. GG
I made Tumbleweed in a time where I had so much to do. Between raising two boys and being a high profile role in the legalize cannabis world, I made it.
And then the Presidential election happened.The lyrics (to ‘Begin Again’) just poured out… That was the inspiration I needed to let the flood gates open, to sit down and write all day and all night until the muses stopped speaking to me. A deep sense of agitation started the process, and it didn’t stop until the record was recorded, mixed and mastered – all within a few months.
“Begin Again,” works a terse guitar, a murky musicality and dry bewitched vocal fora tension that evokes Katnis Everdean’s survival and emergence stronger and brighter; it’s a mirror of my own life as your heart desires ethos. “Tumbleweed,”with its Crazy Horse guitars and a powdery vocal, offer a refuge in the chaos. I told my mother recently I was overcome with nostalgia, these ghosts from the distant past were popping up out of nowhere. I was confused, because...
My father Charles Gaines help start the film commission in New Hampshire circa 1979. The first feature film to be made there was "On Golden Pond" in 1980. Jane Fonda's biggest fan at the time, was a young Michael Jackson who had recently released his eponymous "Off The Wall" album. He came to the film's wrap party. My brother Latham recognized MJ from his album cover. ("Off the Wall" was our new jam!!) Records were special back then and all we did most afternoons was listen to them for hours...I do pity this generation of kids sometimes, so many distractions but they don't necessarily have better entertainment than we did then." Michael was like a living super hero to us. It was like meeting The Pope if you were Catholic. I had him write an autograph to my teacher who collected them. I got an A.
Michael was the nicest person I have ever met probably still to this day. He emanated LOVE and danced with us all night long, He joyfully agreed to take this precious polaroid...
I don’t own a horse, and I don’t live out West (anymore) but I still consider myself a cowgirl or at least to be driven by a certain cowgirl spirit. This spirit represents to me a kind of feminine ideal whereby a woman can be at once tough and tender, independent and yet also reliant. Relying on the land, nature, animals and her other relationships to live a balanced life. The cowgirl spirit comes from Mother Nature herself. It is a giver and a taker of life. As young women, we are not taught to lead the same way young men are. That is why it is so critical for each woman at some point in her life to tap into the cowgirl collective, to harness her power and hone in on the world. The self-destructive streak I see so much in women, I believe, comes from not feeling entitled to express the great reserves of power that each one of us carries within. When this power becomes internalized, it can battle a woman’s desire for the freedom to fulfill her destiny.