Greg Schlotthauer

Greg Schlotthauer

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Pop - Rock | New York, United States
Total Song Plays: 222   
Member Since: 2018
   Last Login: over 30 days ago
   Sounds Like: Arcade Fire, Elton John, Coldplay, Nick Drake, New Pornographers, Tears for Fears, Crowded House,

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Song Description

A creative, introspective pop-rock criticism of 12-step ideology that makes the very Serenity Prayer its chorus. A catchy melody and big drums with accordion and steel drum mix with affected rhythms and rock guitar in unexpected chord progressions. This is a highly musical and self-examining display, and I'm not aware of another rock song that speaks so directly to agnostic and atheist people who struggle with the pressure of group spirituality in AA. "But I've grown accustomed to this open mind... and I wouldn't want it to be easy."

Story Behind the Song

I was very uncomfortable joining hands in prayer at the end of AA meetings so I quit doing it, and I wrote this song describing the struggle of someone who wants the support of other sober people but not the cultish elements of 12-step ideology. Out of respect for the principles I do agree with, I absolved myself by sticking the Serenity Prayer into a serious Honors Pop song that includes big drums, accordion, steel drums and interesting chord changes. The song was originally entitled "... But I Can't Pray In Public."

Playlists this song is on:
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Song Length
Pop - General, Pop - Rock
Tempo / Feel
Medium Slow (91 - 110)
Troubled, Diplomatic

Subject Matter
Philosophy, Life

Similar Artists
Arcade Fire, XTC, Beatles, Crowded House, Tears for Fears, Paul Simon, Aimee Mann
1970 - 1979

Lyric Credits Greg Schlotthauer
Music Credits Greg Schlotthauer
Producer Credits Greg Schlotthauer
Performance Credits Greg Schlotthauer, Christian Cassan, Steve Rossiter, Rory Taggart, Carl Riehl