Daily Discovery: Noel, “I Won’t Answer”


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Noel has spent his life recording and gigging throughout the United States. He released his debut album this year, I Won’t Answer, taking a leap forward in his solo career.


SONG: I Won’t Answer


HOMETOWN:Birmingham AL


AMBITIONS: conscious awareness

TURN-OFFS: greed, junk food, being called “bro” by someone who doesn’t know me

TURN-ONS: progress, good food, good harmonies, good wine

DREAM GIG: Saturday Night Live

FAVORITE LYRIC: “there are cracks in everything.  thats how the light gets in”  -Leonard Cohen

CRAZIEST PERSON I KNOW:my mother-in-law

SONG I WISH I WROTE:“Time to Pretend” by MGMT or “God Only Knows” by Brian Wilson

5 PEOPLE I’D MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH:Jesus, Hunter S. Thompson, Nina Simone, Leonard Cohen, and Brad Pitt

MY FAVORITE CONCERT EXPERIENCE:  The first concert i ever went to: The Beach Boys, with America as the opener.  a golden memory.

I WROTE THIS SONG: “I wont answer” is just a very basic blues form really.  Lyrically, i was re-stating things from my religious upbringing in an updated manner, according to how i see and express myself now.  “I was pounding on the stone to see the place where Lazarus died/when the Lord opened the tomb, I was knocking from inside!”

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