A Better Life

by Chip Gibbons

Released 2019
Released 2019
A song expressing concern for the future of mankind that is built on top of the Morse Code for SOS, the universal distress signal.
NOTES
This song expresses distress over the current state of mankind on our planet. Of course there is a lot that is great for many of us in our current lives, but there are also many problems, for example economic, environmental, political problems that are not being taken seriously. We may already be past the point of no return with some of them.

This song began as a simple acoustic arrangement but evolved into something with …
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Food Is a Drug

by Chip Gibbons

Released 2017
Released 2017
A fun upbeat song about the relationship between emotions and eating. Composed on an iPad using GarageBand, the quality of the production will surprise you. Like a good meal, it's meant to be shared with your friends.
NOTES
As a songwriter/composer I try to explore different styles of music. My first album, "Billion Dollar Pill" was more pop/rock/folk influenced. My second, "Isolated Incidents" was synth based, instrumental, and experimental. The three "Trumplandia Cathedral" singles are electronic and dance oriented with an added mystery element thrown in.

This latest single, which was actually written before many of the other songs, is based on the classic 12-bar blues structure, with some funk/…
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Billion Dollar Pill

by Chip Gibbons

Released 10/15/2016
Released 10/15/2016
An intimate, thoughtful, unique collection of beautifully arranged songs written, performed and produced by one man.
NOTES
From the light rock satire of the title track, "Billion Dollar Pill", to the thoughtful musings on quantum physics in "Oh" and the layered voices of "Your Face", this album offers a selection of tracks outside the mainstream of pop music. The lyrical content deals with subjects like depression ("Inside a Hole"), war and father/son relationships ("Father"), sadness at Christmastime ("Anyway"), and the inevitability of death after a lifetime of enduring enigmatic realities ("The …
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Major Betty Blues Backing Tracks

by Chip Gibbons

Released 2018
Released 2018
A spacious 12-bar-blues backing track in all major keys at both 110 bpm and 90 bpm for practice and improvisation.
NOTES
It's way more fun to practice and improvise to backing tracks instead of that boring monotonous metronome. This album allows you to practice or improvise in all major keys at two tempos. You can play through them in the album order or create your own playlists so that you can play through them in the order that works best for you. Regardless what instrument you play these tracks are great for:

* Practicing and improvising on …
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Relative Minor Blues Backing Tracks

by Chip Gibbons

Released 2018
Released 2018
Fun 12-bar-blues backing tracks in all the relative minor keys, in two tempos for practice and improvisation.
NOTES
It's way more fun to practice and improvise to backing tracks instead of that boring monotonous metronome. This album allows you to practice or improvise in all relative minor keys at two tempos. If you don't know what relative minor is it's the minor scale this has its root a minor third below the root of a major scale. For example: the relative minor for C major is A minor, and it uses the same …
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Isolated Incidents

by Chip Gibbons

Released 2017
Released 2017
Free-form synthesizer improvisations that are inspired by the countless things in nature that only happen once and will never be repeated in exactly the same way.
NOTES
This music is inspired by events that have their own internal rhythm, harmony and melody and which only occur once. They begin at one point in time and end at another, never to repeat in exactly the same away again: autumn leaves blowing in a brisk wind, clouds continually changing shape in the sky, a tornado making a path through a small town, Jackson Pollock painting one of his drip paintings, the life of every …
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Strange Bird (2014)

by Chip Gibbons

Released 2017
Released 2017
An enjoyable, light rock tune about fleeting love.
NOTES
This is an earlier version of the "Strange Bird" that is on the "Billion Dollar Pill" album.

My music has been covering a lot of territory. Have a listen to the "Billion Dollar Pill" album which is pop/light rock with lyrics. Then have a listen to the "Isolated Incidents" album which is all synth-based, improvised, experimental instrumentals. Then check out the "Trumplandia Cathedral" songs which are electronic/dance tunes with a mystery hidden in …
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Trumplandia Cathedral (Gibberish Mix)

by Chip Gibbons

Released 2017
Released 2017
A fun, upbeat dance track with some mystery in it.
NOTES
Trumplandia Cathedral is a musical place of contemplation and dance.

The Trumplandia Cathedral songs are about the values and judgments that each listener brings to the cathedral, a place to contemplate the big picture, at this time in history.

To hear this track translated from Gibberish into English, you can listen to Trumplandia Cathedral (Translation Mix).

It uses quotes from a famous book originally published in 1794. (Public Domain)
Cover art: Infrared image from NASA's Spitzer …
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Trumplandia Cathedral (Translation Mix)

by Chip Gibbons

Released 2017
Released 2017
This track provides an English translation of Trumplandia Cathedral (Gibberish Mix) by reversing the track.
NOTES
This track is a partner to Trumplandia Cathedral (Gibberish Mix), which is reversed in this track so that the lyric can be heard in English.

Cover art: NASA Spitzer Space Telescope photo of the Helix Nebula with the colors reversed.

Trumplandia Cathedral (Instrumental Mix)

by Chip Gibbons

Released 2017
Released 2017
An original, upbeat dance track.
NOTES
This is an instrumental version of Trumplandia Cathedral (Gibberish Mix). There are additional changes to the mix besides just removing the vocal.

The Trumplandia Cathedral songs are about the values and judgments that each listener brings to the cathedral, a place to contemplate the big picture, at this time in history.

Cover photo: NASA Hubble photo of Orion Nebula

Time Askew

by Chip Gibbons

Released 2018
Released 2018
A short instrumental that juxtaposes rhythmic elements with looser non-rhythmic elements. Lots of different synth sounds combined in a unique way.
NOTES
I learn. I experiment. Sometimes I write lyrics and sing. Other times I prefer instrumental pieces. My music is a work in progress, something.

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