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Americana Musician Eli Gardiner talks Writing Lyrics, His Love for Music, and His New Album "Virginia Rose"


Mistah Wilson: Yo, Eli Gardiner! Thank you for submitting a formal artist introduction and stopping by for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine.

Mistah Wilson: For our audience reading this, would you mind giving us a quick background on yourself?
Eli Gardiner: I grew up in a musical household. My dad played classical guitar and my mom played flute. I remember them playing instrumental music at weddings and stuff. Some of my earliest music memories are hearing the radio show "Saturday night Gold" and listening to my dad's record collection including Jim Croce and Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA" album.

Mistah Wilson: Before we get into tha music, I want to delve a little more into your story. What have been some challenges and rewards you've encountered along your journey?
Eli Gardiner: I asked for a guitar when I was around 12 years old but soon lost interest in it, my dad wanted to teach my how to write music and how to play it in a classical style and I just wanted to play songs. My senior year of high school I picked it back up because I was writing poetry and wanted to
put music to the lyrics. I can remember one of the first songs I wrote was inspired by an old man who I met when camping. He was all alone sitting by the fire, there was something about that scene that made me want to write and capture that melancholy feeling. A big reward for me is when someone will come up and tell me how much they like a song at a show or when there is even just a nod of recognition.

Mistah Wilson: What inspires your creativity?
Eli Gardiner: A feeling driving home from work, a memory, a look from a stranger, a line overheard, really anything.

Mistah Wilson: What does music mean to you?
Eli Gardiner: It means connection. Songs for me are about remembering and connecting at our deepest core.

Mistah Wilson: What techniques do you use when writing lyrics, creating choruses, and performing?
Eli Gardiner: I like to do free writing exercises sometimes, other times songs will just come to me and its all I can do to just get them down on paper. I usually like to create a rhyme scheme and usually a melody will come from how the rhyme and words fall. I'm kind of split on creating choruses, sometimes I don't think a song needs one. it all depends on the feel, other times I like to put in a similar line and call it a chorus. Performing is a different beast. For me its about getting inside the songs and trying to present them to the audience in the best way possible.

Mistah Wilson: What do you plan to accomplish through your music?
Eli Gardiner: I just want to make music that I like. It would be cool to play a bunch of shows and go on
tour as well!

Mistah Wilson: What current and upcoming projects do you have?
Eli Gardiner: I have just released my new album titled "Virginia Rose" and I'm working on recording a bunch of old and new songs as well as getting a full band together.

Mistah Wilson: What positive, encouraging words do you have for aspiring artists and musicians?
Eli Gardiner: Something I heard awhile back was, "you only fail at your art if you stop doing it" also, take time to find your own voice.

Mistah Wilson: Where can people find your music online?
Eli Gardiner: Itunes: Virginia Rose by Eli Gardiner on Apple Music
CD Baby:♫ Virginia Rose - Eli Gardiner. Listen @cdbaby
bandcamp, spotify and amazon music.
also check out my facebook page and youtube videos!

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