Music Interview: Levi Weaver – Resetting and Redirecting Our Musical Compass

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Levi Weaver. Photo courtesy of ericmay.net

By: Mut “It’s All in How You Say It” Asheru

As I write this Levi Weaver, whose songs about self-discovery, self-realization and self-acceptance  is back in the studio working on some additional sonic goodies for us.  In the meantime, we have all the wonderful works he already blessed us with to reflect upon and marinate with. If you are not familiar with Levi Weaver, or his music, this is a great stage in your life to get familiar. ANY stage in your life is a great time to get familiar.

A number of  years ago I came across a song called ‘Bridges Burned’ and fell instantly in song-love with the broken-hearted emotive style of its singer/songwriter Levi Weaver. From then on, with each successive album I’ve become more and more impressed and certain that this man’s musical chops is a divine gift and not manufactured bullshit. Recently Weaver has been the subject of the documentary STRING THEORY which follows him on his exhaustive indie musician tour and life journey during a six year span.

What we value in our valuable musicians and songwriters is their ability to capture an emotion and/or idea musically and have it resonate with us internally. Within our hearts. That’s where we keep all our treasured musical talents (our hearts) because they are able to articulate a feeling or a thought that we had ourselves, and make it sound just like what we were trying to say. They can make it funky, make it soulful or make it rock us to our very core. They reset or redirect our musical compass.

Am I trying to say that Weaver is such the musical emotional/thought interpreter? Why yes the hell I am. I’m passionate about this man’s music. As I get older, thinking becomes a burden and feeling becomes easier. I would much rather feel and let someone else think about how I got there. If I like their logic, I listen on. If I don’t; I pick another song.  Mr. Weaver was kind enough to take time speak with Knowshi about his music.

Knowshi: It seems to me that your music has become more man than man-child as of late. Before it was like your music represented someone having just made the decision to find out about themselves, this thing called life and their place in it. Like you were just standing on the precipice of journey. But now, it seems that not only have you embarked on the journey but you’ve been exploring for a while. What say you?

Levi: Wow, that sounds very accurate. I used to want success and fame but eventually I got to a place where chasing it was causing me pain. I had the thought that if what I made was good and one person heard it, they would tell their friends who would tell their friends and then it would all just blow up and become big from there.

That didn’t happen and I got discouraged. Some things happened along the way that led me to realize that just because I may not achieve fame and success that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t great art or that it wasn’t worthy. I think that “fame” is fickle and fleeting. If I continued to chase it I was going to quit. If I start to chase it again. I will probably quit.

The measure of success for me now isn’t fame; it’s whether or not I can create something that lasts longer than me and has an impact.

Knowshi: THE LETTERS OF DR. KURT GODEL (2011) and I AM A TINY NOISE (2012) are very personal and poignant albums. What was their premise? …and do you really feel that you are a tiny noise?

Levi: Yes, I am definitely a tiny noise. [pullquote]I am just one note in this huge, vast universe.[/pullquote] We’re all on this big planet and we’re practically roommates but so many of us will never get to know each other, see each other or hear of each other.  Thinking about the immensity of the universe and how small we are within it is just an overwhelming thought sometimes. I’m fortunate to meet the small amount of people I do meet.  I’m grateful that I get to do small shows where I see the impact of my note at work. It helps me understand just how strong and expansive the threads of connection can be.  I’ve learned to embrace the tininess of being human.

The Letter’s of Dr. Kurt Godel (who was an actual person and a friend of Einstein) was a concept album. It came about during a process of examination of human love relationships. As much as I love my wife or anyone loves their girlfriend/boyfriend/mate/spouse, loving them and being whole are two different things.  The song ‘An Incompleteness Therom’ was the overarching theme of the album. It was my poor attempt of making sense musically of Dr. Godel’s Incompleteness Theorem in regards to relationships.

Knowshi:  ‘Spirit First’ from the LODKG album is a very moving song. One we think could stand in the annals of time. How did it come about?

Levi: It’s my epiphany song. I wrote that one night right after having decided to quit music. The feeling of quitting and being done was such a freeing thought. It felt as if a huge tremendous weight had been lifted from my heart and my shoulders. But in retrospect I hadn’t decided to quite music…just the chasing of fame and success part. It helped me re-define success for myself.

Knowshi: Whose the female background singer working with you on I AM A TINY NOISE? Sorry but we sometimes find ourselves tuning you out in order to zero in on her to hear what’s she’s doing.

Levi: Oh yes! That’s Lyndsey Thompson and she is absolutely amazing! Her voice is incredible. She adds a necessary shade of specialness to anything she’s on that’s undeniable. Her fiancée is the album’s producer.

Knowshi: Any chance for a Levi Weaver party anthem?

Levi: (laughs)…sorry, uh that’s not my style. Maybe if it’s a sad party. (laughs again)

Knowshi: (smiling happily)Levi. Thanks for taking time out of recording to speak with us. We’re looking forward to your next album.

For more information on Levi Weaver visit leviweaver.com and sign up for his newsletter. *he frequently gives great downloads to his followers*

 

I Am Only a Tiny Noise


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