John Papa Gros

That Primal Energy

I'm a musician. I write music. I play songs. That's what I do. I'm in the music business and that's what I have to do first. I fell in love with music as a kid, listening to songs, sitting at the piano playing songs, going over to friends' houses, “Hey, I learned this...

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The French Horn

A huge part of my upbringing was playing the French horn. I graduated Loyola University with a French horn degree. I love the instrument, I love the sound.

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Different Every Night

With the live shows, we look to make things different every night. It would be so easy to be repetitive and go through the motions. That wouldn’t be any fun. It’s a blast surprising ourselves.

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A Full Tool Belt

George Porter says, by learning a new song, you acquire new tools to put in your tool belt. Then at the next gig you learn something else and add that to your tool belt. So when you are fifteen, twenty years down the road, you have a full tool belt to work with. The...

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Adding To The Vocabulary

Musically, what's challenging to me right now is to just stay fresh by adding something new to my vocabulary. It can be very small and very simple. It doesn't have to be anything complex or a reinvention of the wheel. Just something that keeps me engaged and excited...

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