Daily Discovery: James Rawson, “Love Built A City”

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ARTIST: James Rawson

SONG: “Love Built A City “

HOMETOWN: Rockford, Illinois 

CURRENT LOCATION: Rockford, Illinois 

AMBITIONS: To make music my day job, where music pays my bills and where my full passion is my full career. 

TURN-OFFS: Whiners and complainers. People who don’t pay attention to those around them in the grocery store, shopping mall, drive-thru. Diet soda. Cheap coffee. Michael Bay movies. Doing the same thing again and again. Not putting all of your effort into your work. 

TURN-ONS: NPR. Humor. Comic books. Trying new things. World cuisine. Talking about society, politics, art, god, Breaking Bad. Listening to records. Hanging out in a bookstore. 

DREAM GIG: Playing The Chicago Theater. I love Chicago so much! I’ve seen Death Cab for Cutie at The Chicago Theater twice now. They are one of my biggest influences, so to play on such a huge stage in my favorite city and play on stage shared by one of my favorite bands would be such a mind blowing experience. 

FAVORITE LYRIC: “I’m not your mother’s favorite dog…” from the song “Now, Now” by St. Vincent.

SONG I WISH I WROTE: “Coffee” by Sylvan Esso.

5 PEOPLE I’D MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH: Annie Clark (St. Vincent). Ben Gibbard. T.S. Eliot. Walt Whitman. Nick Offerman. 

MY FAVORITE CONCERT EXPERIENCE: My wife and I love going to see Death Cab for Cutie. We’ve seen them three times. For the second time, we saw them at The Chicago Theater accompanied by Magik*Magik Orchestra. It was such an awesome show.  Plus, we had only been married for a few months when we went to that show. So, now in my memory, that concert holds a special place for being a great concert and a special moment in our marriage. 

I WROTE THIS SONG BECAUSE…“Love Built a City” is a song for my wife. In fact, I didn’t want to release the song because it was just for her. But, I played it at a few shows and got such a good reaction that I asked her if it was ok to recorded it. She said, “yes.” My wife and I had our first date and honeymoon in Chicago. That city became the backdrop of our relationship. So, the song is really a journal entry of my life, of my wife and I falling in love.

 

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