He Recorded a Concept Album About Greek Gods. What Happened Next Will Shock You!

Click bait headline aside, I did shave my head, grow a beard, and put on a few pounds. But the new look isn’t the only thing that has been a shock.

During the completion of God Complex, I experienced a great gain and a great loss: the birth of my daughter and the death of my mother. A few months later, I experienced a great shock along with millions of my fellow Americans: the election of con artist Donald Trump. These three major events that happened over the course of a year has left my head spinning and trying to figure out where to go from here as a father, as an American, and as an artist.

What does a father write songs about? How do I process my mother’s passing through my music? Most current, what role does the artist(or artivist) play in this new era which seems to be a direct threat to everything that truly ‘makes America great?’ It is hard to move forward with a new major project without having answers to these questions.

I haven’t been totally stagnant during this time of processing and I’ve still kept my toes in proverbial creative waters. A few small projects have some my way such as joining a collective of musicians known as the Freeharmonic Orchestra. I’ve also helped Fascinoma with some new music she is working on along with a new project that Mr. Purple aka Casey Cole is a part of. Lastly, there are some pretty incredible performing artists that I’ve helped develop shows for young audiences.

But there are no concept albums on the horizon. For along with these major shifts in my life, I also am still grappling with the role of the album in the age of streaming music. What does it mean to put out a concept album? Where are the new audiences for this music? What is the best way to promote an album? What does it mean to be a Creative Commons artist?

I was recently invited to chat with Tom Ray on the Music Manumit podcast about some of these questions along with a few other topics. Use the player below to hear the full interview.



About Monk Turner
“Monk Turner’s name might as well be synonymous with awesome, catchy and creative music. His exciting concept albums have always garnered a positive response.” -FrostClick "This prolific/eclectic artist/producer uses a spectrum of styles, generating entire concept albums. Turner is both daring and melodically gifted..." -Music Connection Magazine Monk Turner has produced more than 25 concept albums using a collective of musicians who share his passion for creating freeform, genre-defying music. Among some of his accomplishments, Turner's composition with musician Fascinoma won a competition held by radio station WFMU and the Free Music Archive for an alternative version of the popular “Happy Birthday to You,” entitled, “It’s Your Birthday!” In addition to his prolific catalog, his songs have been featured in movies, television programs and advertisements. The track “Judicious Jason” from Instrumental Friends Part 3 broke a Guinness World Record when 2,231 students chose the song to do history’s largest choreographed ribbon dance. His albums are available for free download via Creative Commons license on Bandcamp, Free Music Archive, and Archive.org. They can also be streamed via Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Deezer, Tidal, YouTube Music, and Beats/MediaNet.

One Response to He Recorded a Concept Album About Greek Gods. What Happened Next Will Shock You!

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