Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Post #255: Greater Alexander

***Upcoming artist from Michigan.  He released his
first single in November.***

Sometime in the middle of this year, there was a comment posted on my blog.

Not a big deal, as I do get comments from time to time, but up until that point, it was from people I already knew.

The comment was posted in response to my mission statement, which can be found under, "Why should I date your music?  What does that mean?"

His response?..."Wow.  I love this idea.  You've got me hooked on your thoughts."

Trust me, I do not quote him to try and convey that I believe my thoughts hold any importance whatsoever. That is further from the truth, because as I've said before, this blog isn't about my thoughts, it's about sharing music with others and letting them decide for themselves.

Instead, I am rewriting his post because he could have said so much more...which I'll explain in a moment.

I was so excited!!!  First of all, very kind words, but also, who the heck was this?  All it showed was that his name was Alexander.

With a little detective work, I ended up on a Youtube channel, under the name Greater Alexander.  What I found was a bearded guy playing cover songs of Bon Iver and Jose Gonzalez, two artists I love.  After listening to the videos, I was very impressed, but came to the conclusion that he himself was a fan of music, and loved it as much as I did.

When I said a moment ago that he could have said so much more?  Alexander Vlachos failed to mention that he is making music himself, with his first single, "Any Way Out of It", having been released in November of this year.

I love this song, and am really excited to hear what comes next.

Similar to some of the artists he covers and one of his influences, Nick Drake, there is a shyness to his music.  If I hadn't seen his Youtube videos, I would almost picture him on stage in a hoodie, with the hood pulled up hiding most of his face, softly saying "thank you" to the quiet applause after each song.

Looking into things further, I came across the website of a close friend of Alexander's, photographer Adam Sparkes, who took the photo I used to open this post.  (www.breakfastwithadam.com)

Adam did a photo session with Alexander, also shooting the above video.  In his write up, he mentions that Alexander is quite the character, and is one of the best listeners he knows.  You can check out the write up and additional photos HERE.

I thought I would also post his cover of "Heartbeats".  This song was originally done by The Knife, an electro-pop duo from Sweden and ultimately 'made famous' by fellow Swede Jose Gonzalez, using an acoustic guitar.


I'll be doing a more detailed write up, and will add to my "Unknown. Unsigned. Unbelievable." section, which will include a Q&A that is still in the works.

In my recent correspondence with Alexander he uses one word multiple times when talking about his relationship with music.  Passion.  Although I don't create music, I understand what he means when he puts the words passion and music together.

Another artist that needs and deserves our support.  Please check out his Bandcamp page, and although it says 'name your price', this is a good opportunity to offer encouragement to Alexander.  Any money he receives from this single, gets him one step closer to finishing his next song....or his first album.

Wouldn't you want to be a part of that?  I know I do!

Please support this artist!!!


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