Song of the Day: Jeremy Casella

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One of the great unsung members of the Square Peg Alliance is Jeremy Casella. Our song of the day today is one of my favorites off of his album RCVRY. The title of the song is “Hypocrisy #785” (I’ve heard rumors that songs about Hypocrisies #1-784 are secreted away in a SPA vault deep under the Siberian tundra.)

RCVRY is available in the Rabbit Room Store.

Pete Peterson is the author of the Revolutionary War adventure The Fiddler’s Gun and its sequel Fiddler’s Green. Among the many strange things he’s been in life are the following: U.S Marine air traffic controller, television editor, art teacher and boatwright at the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch, and progenitor of the mysterious Budge-Nuzzard. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Jennifer, where he’s the Executive Director of the Rabbit Room and Managing Editor of Rabbit Room Press.


14 Comments

  1. Curt McLey

    @curtmcley

    How many copies of this project did Jeremy sell? Whatever the number, it’s not enough. This record deserves to be heard. If I were to make a list of the ten records I’ve played the most in the last few years, this one would be on that list (mainstream or otherwise). It blows my mind how a man can produce a work that is so out-of-the-box creative, and yet so mind blowingly beautiful.

    One might think that an effort which is so eclectic and diverse would produce a hodgepodge, mishmash that would just stall out. To the contrary, it’s one of the most rockingly majestic efforts I’ve ever heard. And somehow, it comes together in a perfect storm of creativity. Honestly, I was so captivated by the music, it took me weeks before I even started listening to the thought-provoking lyrics. Seriously, this record should have won a Grammy. If you don’t have it, please don’t hesitate. You will probably thank me later.

  2. Micah

    Recovery is one of my absolute favorite ablums of all time. Seriously. I’ve listened to it hundreds of times, and yet the lyrics never grow old, the music never seems dry. It always sounds fresh and absolutely gorgeous.

    I will never forget the first time I listened to it. It was a perfect late summer day in early September here in VA, and I got on the Blue Ridge Parkway, put in Recovery, and let the beauty of the music and the beauty of creation just take me away. It was marvelous.

    All this to say, get this album. Get it for your friends, and tell them to get it for their friends.

  3. Tom

    Recovery really is one of the best records I’ve ever heard. From the “folk orchestration” to the amazing lyrics, this record literally blows away everyone who has heard it. I’ve yet to hear or read someone who had anything negative to say about this album. The above 2 comments are right on target! Buy it!

  4. Aaron Roughton

    That’s the most strongly worded “recommendation” I’ve ever seen from Curt, and I sort of feel like it’s an offer I can’t refuse. If I don’t buy the album the lopped off headstock from an acoustic guitar might end up in my bed. I’ve only heard two songs from this album including this one, but they’re both fantastic. Combine that with Curt’s high marks and the other comments and this is an obvious decision. Thanks for posting, and thanks for the reviews.

  5. Andrew Peterson

    @andrew

    I conCurt. Jeremy raised the bar for all of us with this album, and however many he sold, it isn’t nearly enough. I hope you guys’ll head to the RR store and support him and his family.

    We regularly sing Jeremy’s version of “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah” in church, and his haunting melody with that majestic lyric always moves me. May Jeremy keep making great music.

    As for any word on a new project, that’s a great question.

    Jeremy?

  6. Amy

    Well thanks to the six impressions it takes to buy something, I just discovered (thanks to a Rabbit Roomer!) this album last month and I completely agree. So much love. I can’t really write anything to convince anyone they need to have a listen more than what Curt wrote, just thought I’d add my voice to the chorus. 🙂

  7. Stephen Lamb

    @stephen-lamb

    Agreed with everything said here so far. I love this record, musically, lyrically, and production-wise. And like Curt, it is one of the most-played records in my collection. I can’t recommend it enough.

    On his twitter account (http://twitter.com/jeremycasella), Jeremy has mentioned that he is working on a new acoustic hymns record, but I don’t know when it will be out.

  8. Lynx

    Thanks for posting Hypocrisy #785! RCVRY is my First Love! After every Darkest Night, when Daylight comes, I am Born Again from the practice-death of sleep (The Space Between Living and Dying, you might say) when Casella’s album blares like a Distress Signal from my computer’s alarm clock playlist.
    …I wanted to go all the way with that, but I’m out of steam. Someone bring it home for me.

    Casella’s version of Guide me, O Thou Great Jehovah is indeed a fantastic arrangement! Anyone out there who hasn’t experienced the awesomeness needs to check it out from Indelible Grace’s 4th album Beams of Heaven at igracemusic.com

  9. Jeremy Casella

    hi everyone–

    thank you so much for the kind words. Especially you Andrew. I read that last night and was so humbled.

    I’ve been working on a lot of music since I released RCVRY. Writing mostly and then re-writing. I’ve also been touring a lot more than ever since last August– did 35 shows last Fall and will be doing at least as many this Feb-May. I’ve posted all the dates on my tour page (http://www.jeremycasella.com). The shows are solo acoustic with me on guitar and piano. Songs & stories aiming at Truth & Beauty.

    I’m out there singin’ and working hard but my thing has always been somewhat quiet and below the radar so sometimes people think I am unsung.

    This late summer I am working to release a new collection of songs. Most likely an EP which I will tour really hard this Fall. I’m thrilled with how the songs are coming together and can’t wait to get it out there.

    I’ve been delayed in releasing new material mainly due to huge life changes for me and my family– my wife and I have had two kids and we bought a 110 year old house that has used up alot of our resources so rather than go into debt we’ve been chipping away with repairs and renovation. It was a smart move for our family in the long run though– and we’re almost finished. Other delays are involved with the fact that I book myself and run this little shootin’ match from my home office– as time has gone on, it has become more and more difficult to give proper time and attention to each and every detail. Somehow though, the Lord has really blessed me and my family with a great deal of work (shows, etc) and we are thankful. Being an indie artist is the strangest most wonderful way to make a living in this world. It’s all I’ve ever known and yet I still weigh it all out every day it seems.

    But I’ve still got work to do and after a certain point, it’s just really about being obedient for me. I have no idea how long I’ll do this– this is my tenth year. But I’m grateful to God for healing me and changing me. Growing me up and widening me out to make me more useful to other people. RCVRY is the sound of a bitter and angry young man getting healed by the Truth & Beauty of the Gospel. Something I’ll never get over– and don’t want to!

    Probably way too much information! Just wanted to say thank you.

    Grace & Peace–
    Jeremy

  10. Ron Davis

    Curt nailed it with his comment. This CD is so amazing. I can’t say it enough. Lyrically and musically, it’s just beautiful. And every time I listen, I swear I hear something new. Very few albums I’ve heard are like that for me.

    To anybody who might be reading this who hasn’t heard the album yet: do yourself a favor and go buy it now. It’ll be the best thing you do all month.

  11. Aaron Roughton

    Jeremy, thanks so much for chiming in. Not too much info at all. This here Rabbit Room is truly a unique spot on the web. Not only do we come here and learn about great art, but we can have authentic interactions with the artists themselves. To the Proprietor and the artists and the others who make this possible, many thanks.

  12. I Am Cute

    if only im the P.D of the station im in, Casella and the rest of the Pegs will be so popular in Cebu City with a celebrity like status just like what happend to an Oklahoma indie band Stephen Speaks back in the early 2k

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