Music lessons from a fellow metalhead

March 8, 2013

Read of the month goes to Butch Walker and his ‘Drinking With Strangers (Music Lessons from a Teenage Bullet Belt)’. Weary as I was on this artist and not much of a fan I chose to delve in.

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Much respect after reading & learning we are both cut from the same fabric of our former guitar shredding youth of the late 80’s Rock scene / L.A. Sunset Strip culture (though no guy-liner/aqua net sprayed hair for this recovering thrasher).

I can totally relate to the stories and the paradigm shift in music culture as I was riding along all those years trying to find my own place during the trending change from long haired head banging lead guitarist of Roadrunner/Triple X Recording artists Acrophet to a journey finding my home as an aging acoustic singer/songwriter such as Butch evolving day to day, year to year through hipsterville. Not an easy task as Butch so clearly states in his book.

Highly recommend if you want a pretty accurate account of the music industry and how it did / currently works. Thumbs up to a fellow long haired Yngwie Malmsteen fan.

BTW ~ Type in ACROPHET (my early days of primal rebellion) on YouTube, have fun watching, laughing, remembering, rocking to my days on MTV’s Headbangers Ball.

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Sister

March 1, 2013

Was feelin’ a little sad last night missing my sister deeply so I recorded this intimate video for y’all. Love the ones your with, cherish those close to your heart…Truly hope you enjoy.

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BTW ~ Album of the month goes to Lenny Kravitz & his ‘Black & White America’ (Deluxe Version). Haven’t been able to move on from it on my iPod. Highly recommend if you like the Funk Rock vibe. Fav tracks: Black & White America, Come On & Get It & Looking Back On Love. Amazeballs! Kravitz iTunes link > Black & White America Album

Any new music I should take a listen to your groovin’ on? Let me know…

Have a blessed Sunday funday & week…

One love, RA

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Too much vino tonight? Probably…

February 1, 2013

There’s nothing more powerful than discovering your divinity, than living life your way and I have to say that this is one of the most important lessons I’ve learned from life over the past several years.

There are many treasures hidden within each and every one of us and below is a story that will illustrate just that.

No free music, no promotion, no self-hype…Just an amazing story I’m sharing/forwarding ’cause I’ve had too much vino this evening.

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According to an old Hindu legend…

There was once a time when all human beings were gods, but they so abused their divinity that Brahma, the chief god, decided to take it away from them and hide it where it could never be found. Where to hide their divinity was the question. So Brahma called a council of the gods to help him decide.

“Let’s bury it deep in the earth,” said the gods.

But Brahma answered, “No, that will not do because humans will dig into the earth and find it.”

Then the gods said, “Let’s sink it in the deepest ocean.”

But Brahma said, “No, not there, for they will learn to dive into the ocean and will find it.”

Then the gods said, “Let’s take it to the top of the highest mountain and hide it there.”

But once again Brahma replied, “No, that will not do either, because they will eventually climb every mountain and once again take up their divinity.” 

Then the gods gave up and said, “We do not know where to hide it, because it seems that there is no place on earth or in the sea that human beings will not eventually reach.”

Brahma thought for a long time and then said, “Here is what we will do. We will hide their divinity deep in the center of their own being, for humans will never think to look for it there.”

All the gods agreed that this was the perfect hiding place, and the deed was done.

And since that time humans have been going up and down the earth, digging, diving, climbing, and exploring–searching for something already within themselves. ~ Author unknown

As always please let me know what’s going on with you (really!) to keep this from being a one sided conversation. Any new books I should read, new blogs to visit or just a random hello is fine. I’m always seeking inspiration from others so don’t be a stranger. Message me here rob@robanthonymusic.com

Cheers to Red Grapes!

~ Rob Anthony

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A Taste Of Americana With A Serving Of Heart

November 18, 2012

Americana — the term broadly describes all the various musical styles that form together to create the musical landscape of America, including but not entirely limited to: folk, country, blues and rock. Alternative Country is also another term for this style of music, or “alt- country.” To be fair then, classifying a musician in this vein is to essentially say you can’t really fit them into one specific niche. But since most of us want to identify with the type of music we listen to, and this landscape is relatively broad and welcoming, we can safely find room here in “Americana” and say hello to Rob Anthony.

Hailing from Appleton,Wis.,Rob Anthony has been performing professionally since he was 18 years old, after being signed to a major label with his band Acrophet. After years of touring as a lead guitarist, he abandoned his heavy metal roots in exchange for the “Americana Acoustic” style he’s claimed as his own for the last 13 years, and of which he is currently showcasing on an acoustic tour.

Not necessarily drawing upon specific things for song ideas, Anthony said, “Everything inspires me. The world inspires me. People’s lives and what’s going on in the world.”

A key moment for Anthony was during the time he wrote his album “While the World Sleeps,” which was all acoustic music inspired by things he saw going on in the world.

“I think I considered myself a singer- songwriter after songs started meaning something to other people,” he said.

Growing up a self-proclaimed introvert, Anthony said people have often misconstrued his shy demeanor as being something he’s not, whether that would mean being egotistical or unfriendly. He said his silence comes out of shyness, which is something people probably don’t realize about him.

“My music actually helps me overcome that so I can connect with people,” Anthony said.

When I met him at á’Bravo Bistro & Wine Bar in Green Bay, Wis., I quickly realized he was a down to earth guy. It clearly takes someone like him to be able to look inside himself and write such heartfelt songs such as “When You’re Feeling Blue,” and the more lighthearted but nonetheless warm “I Don’t Need Much”…two of my favorites that he performed with expressive emotion that night.

A strong marker of Anthony’s songs is the simple fact that people relate to them; so much so that it’s led to his involvement in various charities within the community. The best example of this would be Anthony’s song “Down the Road,” which is a tribute to families of truck drivers and people in the trucking industry. He’s helped with charity work for driver appreciation efforts around the country by performing this song and sharing the story with everyone.

“The cool thing about this song is that it opened my eyes to getting involved with my community more,” Anthony said. “[It] helped raise awareness.”

He’s proud to offer this song as the ‘emotional canvas’ that paints a backdrop for the World’s Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics Wisconsin. He’s also aided the community work of The American Red Cross Northeast Chapter in Green Bay by giving concerts.

“Anything to use music to bring awareness to something,” he said.

Anthony tries to strike a balance between being true to his integrity as an artist and being a businessman. Explaining further his experience with community involvement, he said he learned there’s a business there that can really help a lot of people through music.

Rob Anthony has four CDs worth of original material, the most recent one being a two-disc set of the last decade of his music, which showcases his journey as a songwriter. The CD is titled “Is This The Plan, The Essential Rob Anthony.”

Anthony will be performing at these venues in the near future:

• Beckets in Oshkosh – Nov. 2

• Ledgestone Vineyards in Greenleaf – Nov.8

• WinePremiereinGreenBay–Nov.14

• Deja Vu Martini Lounge in Appleton – Nov. 15

• Special Event at Green Bay Distillery w/Kip Winger & Jeff Stoeger – Nov. 16

• Saint James Cocktail Lounge in Appleton – Nov. 23

Check out Rob Anthony’s website at www. robanthonymusic.com for two free song downloads.

By Justin Pearson, Green Bay Scene Newspaper

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The Time Is Now

November 6, 2012

Have you ever heard the greatest speech ever made?

Charlie Chaplin was a man of very few words, but when he did speak, boy was it epic. The following speech I would like to share, I feel encapsulates our current human condition even more poignant than when when it was first uttered in 1940. Charlie Chaplin’s words ring truer than ever, and if we listen to them with a sincere heart, we can all recognize that humanity is quickly approaching a crossroads.

We either evolve to a higher state of consciousness, or we continue to fall into a deeper unconscious state where our existence as a species is seriously threatened.

Modern day life to me seems totally unnatural. The reason life no longer feels natural is because we are so divided. We are divided through politics, media, technology, the economy, and religion. The information age has caused us all to be overwhelmed with an influx of images and conceptual understandings of the world. Through these images that we have been conditioned by, we have created and now live in an almost purely conceptual world. As Mr. Chaplin says, “we think too much and feel too little”.

“Man as an individual is a genius. But men in the mass form the headless monster, a great, brutish idiot that goes where prodded.” – Charlie Chaplin

Living in a conceptual world it is inevitable that we become increasingly divided. We have too many contradicting ideas. We have so much information that we have a hard time trusting what we “think” we know. It takes an incredible amount of energy to maintain, rationalize, and bridge so many contradictory beliefs. We, in the pursuit of worldly knowledge have lost touch with our simple innate inner knowing that is beyond any theoretical knowledge.

As a culture, acting from a divided state of consciousness, no matter what changes that we outwardly implement, or new system of thought we adopt, it will  inevitably lead us to more separation. Separation leads to an inwardly and outwardly violent way of living. We need to see that the outside world is nothing but an expression of our inside world. Therefore if we would really like to change the world, we need to remove our own inner divisions, our own contradictions. When we as individuals become integrated, only then will the external separations fall, which are purely an illusion in the first place.

Life is beautiful, is amazingly simple, it is us who make it appear to be complex.

We need to wake up to our natural state of being. Which is one of pure consciousness. When we feel natural we feel deeply at ease with life. To be at ease with life is to be one’s true self and realize that fact without having to verbalize it, without having to conceptualize it. We are life itself. When we are in our natural state of being we have the clarity to see life as it is. We are free of our conditioning’s.

When we are natural, we just flow with life, which is infinitely intelligent. We are able to perceive oneness with everything. We can love and accept everyone just as they are. It’s time we evolve… You gotta love…

My latest acoustic song ‘You gotta Love’ was inspired by this very speech. I hope you take some time to listen and share.

YOU GOTTA LOVE
Words & music by Rob Anthony

Look out for each other
Spare change for the poor
Take time to love one another
That’s what love is at the core

Brothers and sisters
Help the young when in need
We all need to join together
To set love free
You gotta love… Love to set your soul free
You gotta love… It’s what you got to do
It’s what we all gotta do

No need for goodbyes
If you believe we are one
I’ll see you all on the other side
So remember what I say

You gotta love… Love to set your soul free
You gotta love… It’s what you gotta do
It’s what we all gotta do

Peace & love,

Rob Anthony

Rob Anthony up close & very personal

October 16, 2012

Rob Anthony up close & very personal

By Cubanarama Talk Radio

10/16/12 – Cubanarama talk radio spent two hours getting to know this wonderful singer up close & very personal. Rob was very candid about his life, his songs and journey. I love interviews like this one. From the moment I saw him on the internet his voice captivated me. It’s hard to believe that while the world slept his music would get inside you and inside me. But this is where he belongs.

The honest and truthfulness in this two hour interview welcome the listener in as Rob conveys his small town roots to past struggles only to find true meaning through the power of song. His charity, hope and faith along side the American ballad continues to guide his brand of heartland rock. If you’re looking for the real Rob Anthony his touching story lies within this interview. Listen/download now > Rob Anthony Interview

Can’t talk love without sharing the love

October 2, 2012

Can’t talk love without sharing the love

10/2/12 – For the month of October  you can download Rob Anthony’s entire acoustic album ‘While The World Sleeps’ absolutely free.

WHILE THE WORLD SLEEPS: An acoustic demo project found the singer-songwriter comfortably baring his heart on his sleeve. The album bleeds sincerity, from the realization that ‘I Don’t Need Much’ to his humbling cry for America in the record’s title track ‘While The World Sleeps’. Mid-album on nationwide hit ‘DownThe Road’ ~ an acoustic tribute to truckers who daily help to move the world along, Rob sings: “The sun sets down on a painted sky/It’s always hard to say goodbye/I never leave your smile behind/I take all of you with me,” coloring an emotional canvas torn between duty and guilt, pride and love, that resonates with the American people. ‘While The World Sleeps’ strips songs of faith, freedom, hope & inspiration down to an intimate thought-provoking moment between musician & listener.

Here’s the link > www.bit.ly/WhileTheWorldSleepsDownload

SONG ORDER

Personal Jesus (Depeche Mode)
When You’re Feeling Blue
I Don’t Need Much
Down The Road
While The World Sleeps
The American Way
Faith
You Gotta Love
You Found Me Saying A Prayer
You’re The One

Truly hope you enjoy,

Rob Anthony

It’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

September 15, 2012

It’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

9/16/12 – During National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (Sept. 16-22) America takes the time to honor drivers for their hard work and commitment in tackling one of our economy’s most demanding and important jobs.

“Down The Road honors those who move the world along day to day and the families who await their safe return. Join us in celebrating the men and women across the country who work hard every day to deliver the ‘Good Stuff’ by sharing this song.

Many people ask me what inspired writing ‘Down The Road’. Not only did I work several years on the docks with truckers when young I still all these years later can’t help to feel a sense of connection with drivers who share the road with me during my travels. I wanted to capture the sense of loneliness along with the feeling of adventure that a life on the road provides.” ~ Rob Anthony

Rob has a page dedicated to ‘DownThe Road’. Click here: > Down The Road

You can download for free & share the links to help celebrate. If there’s ever a time to contribute now is the time with such an important song.

Remember music isn’t in the background rather it’s your best buddy, riding shotgun through life and we hope this song remains a friend for life.

Heroes in music: Rob Anthony

August 8, 2012

Heroes in music: Rob Anthony

By Examiner.com

8/8/2012 – Many people are given talent, but talent comes with responsibility on a grander scale. That responsibility includes giving back to the world around them and Rob Anthony has successfully done this throughout his career.

The recent tragedies in Colorado and Wisconsin bring us full circle in regards to the frailty of human life. While many show support for those involved in the wake of tragedy, there are some who make the effort to help others long before tragedy strikes.

One such hero can be found in local Wisconsin musician Rob Anthony. A talented and versatile guitar player, Anthony has long supported many causes in his career and what becomes apparent when you listen to the songs Anthony has composed is the heartfelt dedication to them.

In a tribute to the trucking industry, Anthony penned “Down the Road“. The song has become an anthem for those in the sometimes overlooked profession and hit a home run with companies such as Fed Ex and UPS. > Continue Reading

July’s Wounded Warrior mission a success

July 27, 2012

7/26/2012 – We’re proud to announce a gracious amount of money was raised & sent in addition to the monthly Advance Guard program Rob is enrolled in for the Wounded Warrior Project: www.woundedwarriorproject.org

“I can’t thank everyone enough who bought CD’s & MP3 players this past month. Be proud! Cheers to you all.” ~ RA

Listen & watch this video dedicated to the bravest of brave.

 

Q&A: One-time metalhead Rob Anthony finds his voice with acoustic guitar

June 7, 2012

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By Mike Thiel, Appleton Post Crescent

It’s not about Rob Anthony. It’s about the community of people he entertains.

The 39-year-old Appleton singer/songwriter spent most of his professional career playing music; his first taste of success? Performing with a touring heavy metal band shortly after graduating high school. However, heavy metal wasn’t a lifelong endeavor for Anthony as he ditched the metal scene – and a steady music career – about five years later.

It was time for Anthony to find a “real job,” working in the shipping department at a manufacturer in Milwaukee. But, like his metal career, packing boxes on the shipping docks would be short-lived. After a handful of years on the docks, Anthony rediscovered himself as a musician in 1999. This time, instead of striking distorted power chords, he found his voice strumming to an acoustic guitar.

The Stevens Point native, who moved to Appleton with his family while in middle school, began hearing music in a different tone and seeing it in a different light. He created the Rob Anthony Band before going completely solo, playing mostly his own music and booking his own shows (more than 200 a year) across Wisconsin. Anthony jokes that many people now refer to him as “the acoustic guy.”

However, it’s OK with Anthony if people don’t know his actual name; he prefers to trade celebrity for community outreach, anyway. Since reclaiming his music career, Anthony has used a number of his songs to raise money or contributions for charitable efforts such as the American Red Cross, the Special Olympics and the Wounded Warrior Project, a program dedicated to helping injured soldiers. Also, his song “Down the Road,” used to raise money for the annual Special Olympics Truck Convoy, struck a heartfelt chord with many men and women in the trucking industry, becoming an anthem for many.

P-C: When did you decide you were going to be a full-time musician?

Anthony: I had a career early on when I graduated from Appleton West in 1990. I got in a band called Acrophet and we were signed to Roadrunner Records and Triple X Records with our brothers Jane’s Addiction and the punk scene. It was a totally different genre. I played metal all through the ’80s. … I picked up an acoustic guitar in the middle ’90s and just kind of found a way to express myself as a songwriter and I started going that way. Preparation met opportunity when theInternet age came in and all of the sudden you didn’t have to be signed anymore to make records. I just jumped on board and started recording. … Then it snowballed. I never really planned for it to happen, but I just got really good at learning how to play the acoustic (guitar) and singing. I toured about nine years with the Rob Anthony Band, and then for the past three years I’ve been doing solely acoustic.

What was the No. 1 reason you ditched the metal scene for an acoustic guitar?

I changed solely on the fact that No. 1, our label didn’t want to continue with our agreement for another record, so basically we were dropped and that was that. Again, there was no outlet to go on and make your own music in ’95. It wasn’t for another four, five years that you could afford to go into a studio by yourself and then actually put a CD out by yourself. It was a (time of) transition, but also being a metal musician, it’s a tough lifestyle. You get a little older and it’s a lot of work and it’s a lot of hassle. It’s not the easiest gig being around such negativity all the time (laughs). That’s the best way to put it, most honestly. Plus being on the road is hard. My best friends are all tattooed and just living the life, but the partying gets old after a while.

After your metal band broke up, you worked on the shipping docks for a few years and then went back to music. Why did you go back?

Desperation (laughs). I didn’t want to wake up at 5:30 a.m. for a job anymore. In all honesty, that was pretty much it. I guess I’ve always been an artist, I just resurfaced, and like I said, with an outlet like the Internet and other technology you’re able to do it yourself now. The future is wide open.

You’ve created and released a lot of music; five albums including “Is This the Plan: The Essential Rob Anthony,” a 38-song double disc last year. Why release such a massive collection of songs, most of which you’ve already released?

As an artist, I have a lot of CDs and music out there because that’s just what I do. I write music. I express how I feel and I love the art of being in the studio and playing with bands and arranging music and all that. In regards to the two-disc CD set, realistically it just came down to recapping the past 12 years I’ve been doing this, and I couldn’t keep selling five different CDs at my gigs (laughs). People get confused because there are too many. I kept getting asked, “Which one’s better?” Well they’re all different and they’re all unique. … I just ended up putting all the music on one CD set and I fit as many songs on there as I could. But the two-disc CD set also has (a) storytelling (aspect). I start off with the first song “Is This the Plan” because that was the question: Is this the plan? Am I going to be a musician for the rest of my life? … I talk about coming from the heartland and working on the shipping docks, packing boxes, getting drunk in the bars and I think it sets the overall tone of the whole CD, which is basically the evolution of a songwriter. You can hear the difference over the years from when I used to really suck, and then I started to get a little bit better and then I got to a point where I’m like, I’m not sounding too bad (laughs). I’m learning, you know?

Your song “Down the Road” is a tribute to truckers. Tell me what that song has done for you and the truckers you wrote it for.

It moved me forward to be more of a solo acoustic artist. I’m more comfortable doing that now. The song, the only thing I can say is that it creates a really good message of what drivers do out there and the importance of their jobs, the families they leave behind, and I think that resonates within the trucking industry. I met a lot of cool people, and a lot of families in the trucking industry, learned a great deal and there’s nothing more rewarding than people connecting with your music based on something that you wrote for somebody else. … “Down the Road” was being used as a central theme campaign for the truck convoy for Special Olympics in Wisconsin, so they were raising money and I basically let them use the song for donations. I’m proud of the song because it did help raise a lot of money for a lot of great causes through Special Olympics and driver appreciation efforts through FedEx. That song helped me grow as an artist and it means a lot to me to help through music.

And most importantly, you’ve found a way to give back to the community though your music.

The more I’m able to generate musically for myself, the more I can give my time and give back to the organizations that I’m involved with. If you lose the fact that it’s about you and it’s about the people you’re entertaining, it makes it all honest.

Watch the video for Rob Anthony’s ‘Down the Road’: 

The power of music

April 12, 2012

The power of music truly does awaken the soul and mind. The proof is here within this video. Amazing…

QUESTION: What does music do to you?

REPLY: “It gives me the feeling of love, romance! I figure right now the world needs to come into music singing. You’ve got beautiful music here…beautiful, lovely. I feel band of love; of dreams.”

Tea, coffee and Rob Anthony

March 1, 2012

By Jenna Cornell
Green Bay Music Examiner

http://www.examiner.com/music-in-green-bay/tea-coffee-and-rob-anthony

Although winter storm Bob was one of the biggest news items the Fox Valley and Green Bay area encountered in the past 24 hours, musically, the most important news was centered on Rob Anthony.

The artist known for his humble, Midwestern  style came into the Copper Rock this afternoon in true Anthony fashion – basic jeans, thermal shirt, cut-off gloves, a quiet demeanor – and, a desire to have someone delve into more than just the surface level shenanigans of previous interviews.

While Bob’s wintry personality raged outside, inside brought an up close and personal look into Anthony as an artist.

Many fans know you used to play harder rock/heavy metal, but what changed along the musical road for you when you decided to go acoustic?

The main reason was the lifestyle. Heavy metal is a rough life; a lot of drugs and alcohol abuse. It’s a rough, tough life to live. I grew up listening to Mellencamp and the Eagles. I wanted to go back to my roots and didn’t want to live that lifestyle anymore.

You just finished a concert to raise money and awareness at Jam for Freedom and later in March you’re going to perform for the Red Cross. As a person who gives back to his community, where does that come from for you? Is it something you have always wanted to do or did it come as you matured?

<Chuckles> My mom said when I was young I was the kid who would buy candy for the neighborhood kids, but there is nothing better than reaching people with the music and having it help them reach their goals.

With “You Gotta Love”, I saw the need the Red Cross had with the Haitian relief after the disaster happened and knew there was a song that could assist them in their endeavors.

It is an awesome experience to write about something other than myself.

A lot of creative people describe their creativity as if it is a person. What is music and songwriting to you?

It’s everything. There is no greater feeling than to finish writing a song. It’s a high and is addictive. And, when people like what they hear, it adds to the experience.

How do you create? Where does it come from? Does it suddenly hit you in the gut and you have to create or do you set time aside each day to specifically write?

It hits you. Something inspires you; the TV, the weather, break-ups, adversity. “While the World Sleeps” came out of my experiences watching the news media.

Anthony adds…

With every adversity comes a seed of success.

Who are you influenced by musically? Any guitarists? Song writers?

When the Eagles reunited in the early to mid nineties I was influenced the most. There wasn’t internet and Vh1 at the time was showing old footage of them performing acoustically in the country-rock style. Seeing people like Jackson Browne and the Eagles perform and write their own material back in the 70s era inspired me.

Where is Rob Anthony headed in 2012?

<You didn’t just ask me that question…pauses…> I’m struggling right now as to where I want to go. The two disc set is complete and shows 10 years of music. It seems to wrap things up.

Is this the Plan, Anthony’s two-disc set gives the listener everything of who Rob is. Songs that connect on the inner level encompass much of the work he has created and who he is as an individual.

“Is this the Plan”, the song, sums up my path as an artist and where to go next as an artist.

As a final way for fans to connect with you, give me some of your favorites. Favorite musician? Food? Movie, etc? Whatever comes to mind? (I ask this because sometimes fans simply see artists as performers on stage; almost god-like and untouchable. I really want them to have a connection with you from the human side of things).

Being mistaken for arrogant or stuck up. I think the biggest thing I want fans to understand is my quietness comes from being shy. Personally, I’m a very shy guy. This is the number one thing I have tried to overcome in my life.

As our time was winding down, Bob changed his mind again and went back to snow. The dampness wanted to enter, but the warm atmosphere of the coffee house kept the storm at bay. And Rob Anthony’s down to earth demeanor coupled with his sincere interest to bond musically to those around him, lit up the cloudy haze of the afternoon.

It is evident Anthony is more than an artist for art’s sake, but a man in pursuit of music that cultivates, engages, and progresses as he matures. To learn more about Rob Anthony and to purchase his latest CD, you can visit his website at http://www.robanthonymusic.com.

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How screwed up is this?

February 16, 2012

When entertainers die, they get front page news. When our brave servicemen and women die, they may get a line in the last part of the paper. Unbelievable how screwed up this is.

“Should flags fly at half-staff for Whitney Houston?”
Full Article – http://on.msnbc.com/zoawpB

While The World Sleeps
Words & music by Rob Anthony

I don’t know why lately I cry
It seems like this life treats me so good
But the view I see on late night TV
The nightmares have caught up with me
It says please believe with no signs of relief
In all its glory lies misery

While the world sleeps I’m down on my knees
Praying for those all in need
While the world sleeps I’m praying to see
The wings of a dove flying free

John was a friend who swore to defend
A nation down on its knees
He packed his bags set off to sea
To fight for what he truly believed
The news today said he passed away
John was a hero they say

While the world sleeps I’m down on my knees
Praying the fight brings a little peace
While the world sleeps I’m waiting to see
A rain wash away the misery
Bring on the rain

On and on around it goes
On and on around we go

If faith is the key when will we see
The wings of a dove flying free

I’m feeling it…

February 12, 2012

Gotta say the new Van Halen & Foo Fighters ‘Wasting Light’ make me want to pick up the electric guitar again. Hmmm….

Winterfest Review “Standing Out In The Crowd, Rob Anthony”

January 30, 2012

By Jenna Cornell
Green Bay Music Examiner  

http://www.examiner.com/music-in-green-bay/standing-out-the-crowd-rob-anthony

Winterfest brought the crowds today to the Broadway District in Green Bay, but the man standing out in the crowd was Rob Anthony.  A native of Wisconsin, Anthony brings a sweet, raspy tenor voice wrapped in a blanket of intoxicating allure to every show he does. But allure is not the only thing he has going for him.

More than talent

What singles out Rob Anthony from a musical standpoint is his ability to write relatable lyrics within the musical structure of great acoustic guitar. A local singer-songwriter who believes in giving back to the community, he writes from the heart. His music transcends the typical fun and games to really hit home on many issues ranging from the personal to the national. And those lyrics have given him opportunities to connect with people across the nation. The song “Down the Road” is one of many compositions in his collection that has touched the lives of a specific group and in turn gives them a bond on a musical level.

Anthony’s songs however, reach out to everyone. “When You’re Feeling Blue” comes from his fourth CD While the World Sleeps and injects the listener with his sweet vocals and incredible acoustical work while also giving a solid connection through lyrics. Although songs about fun and games are necessary to relieve stress, lyrics that hit the heart go beyond anything superficial.

Balancing it all

One of the many things audience members experience at a Rob Anthony concert is a great combination of entertaining music and intimacy. Anthony is one of the few locals that can draw you into a world of acoustic bliss while also giving you what you need. If music were a medicine, his would be the right prescriptive blend to satisfy your harmonic appetite.  Acoustic covers mingle between medicinal originals giving a solid gig of entertainment and down-to-earth feel.

Throughout his performance, Anthony engages the audience in discussion, commentary and music; a successful balance of sorts that sets him apart from those in the musical world who can only relate to the music. The bottom line, a good performer is not just one with outstanding talent, but one who can reach out to his fans on an intimate and heartfelt level. Anthony does this with ease.

From awards to community involvement

Rob’s talent has graced many a stage and has been rewarded through the WAMI. Voted three times as the People’s Choice Artist in Northeast Wisconsin 2005, 2006, and 2010 as well as Acoustic Artist of the Year in 2004 and 2005, his focus is not just on gaining awards.  Anthony regularly gives back to the community.

Some of his philanthropic pursuits have included raising money for the American Red Cross and Special Olympics as well as taking time to visit with middle school, high school and college level students to speak about his own entrepreneur experience.

Talent, down-to-earth connection, and the desire to contribute are all of the things that give Rob Anthony the ability to stand out in the crowd. And for those who experienced his talents today at Winterfest; they came away a little bit warmer.

 

Merry Christmas / Silent Night

December 19, 2011

Can’t help but to feel a little in the spirit of Christmas after recording ‘Silent Night’ live in the studio and as an artist I’m proud to carry on the Holiday tradition with this live acoustic version. I hope you help spread the Holiday cheer & share this video with your friends & family by copying & posting the YouTube video link in your facebook status, twitter status or any other social media of your choice. Enjoy… Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, peace & love to you and yours. ~ RA

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The Time Is Now

November 3, 2011

Have you ever heard the greatest speech ever made?

Charlie Chaplin was a man of very few words, but when he did speak, boy was it epic. The following speech I would like to share, I feel encapsulates our current human condition even more poignant than when when it was first uttered in 1940. Charlie Chaplin’s words ring truer than ever, and if we listen to them with a sincere heart, we can all recognize that humanity is quickly approaching a crossroads.

We either evolve to a higher state of consciousness, or we continue to fall into a deeper unconscious state where our existence as a species is seriously threatened.

Modern day life to me seems totally unnatural. The reason life no longer feels natural is because we are so divided. We are divided through politics, media, technology, the economy, and religion. The information age has caused us all to be overwhelmed with an influx of images and conceptual understandings of the world. Through these images that we have been conditioned by, we have created and now live in an almost purely conceptual world. As Mr. Chaplin says, “we think too much and feel too little”.

“Man as an individual is a genius. But men in the mass form the headless monster, a great, brutish idiot that goes where prodded.” – Charlie Chaplin

Living in a conceptual world it is inevitable that we become increasingly divided. We have too many contradicting ideas. We have so much information that we have a hard time trusting what we “think” we know. It takes an incredible amount of energy to maintain, rationalize, and bridge so many contradictory beliefs. We, in the pursuit of worldly knowledge have lost touch with our simple innate inner knowing that is beyond any theoretical knowledge.

As a culture, acting from a divided state of consciousness, no matter what changes that we outwardly implement, or new system of thought we adopt, it will  inevitably lead us to more separation. Separation leads to an inwardly and outwardly violent way of living. We need to see that the outside world is nothing but an expression of our inside world. Therefore if we would really like to change the world, we need to remove our own inner divisions, our own contradictions. When we as individuals become integrated, only then will the external separations fall, which are purely an illusion in the first place.

Life is beautiful, is amazingly simple, it is us who make it appear to be complex.

We need to wake up to our natural state of being. Which is one of pure consciousness. When we feel natural we feel deeply at ease with life. To be at ease with life is to be one’s true self and realize that fact without having to verbalize it, without having to conceptualize it. We are life itself. When we are in our natural state of being we have the clarity to see life as it is. We are free of our conditioning’s.

When we are natural, we just flow with life, which is infinitely intelligent. We are able to perceive oneness with everything. We can love and accept everyone just as they are. It’s time we evolve… You gotta love…

My latest acoustic song ‘You gotta Love’ was inspired by this very speech. I hope you take some time to listen and share.

YOU GOTTA LOVE
Words & music by Rob Anthony

Look out for each other
Spare change for the poor
Take time to love one another
That’s what love is at the core

Brothers and sisters
Help the young when in need
We all need to join together
To set love free
You gotta love… Love to set your soul free
You gotta love… It’s what you got to do
It’s what we all gotta do

No need for goodbyes
If you believe we are one
I’ll see you all on the other side
So remember what I say

You gotta love… Love to set your soul free
You gotta love… It’s what you gotta do
It’s what we all gotta do

And of course keeping this from being a one-sided conversation let me know what you’re up to and how life is treating you. Any new music I should check out? Books to read? Any awesome vacation spots you been to worth checking into? Please share… or just a random hello will do to let me know you’re still alive ;)

Peace & love,

Rob Anthony

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Veterans Day is Friday November 11th: In honor of Veterans Day to those who currently serve, have served and in memory of Americas Fallen Heros I share my song While The World Sleeps:

Download ‘While The World Sleeps’: > Click here (All proceeds for this song purchase will go to the wounded warrior project: http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org)

New Video brought to you by Rock Garden Video: When You’re Feeling Blue:

“New” Two-disc album release now available: ‘Is This The Plan, The Essential Rob Anthony’ ~ (40 Songs/Two Discs) This two-disc retrospective is no greatest-hits collection; It instead invites you to experience an intuitive songwriter’s evolution with alternate takes of past songs blending naturally with and providing context for more recent material. Features new songs, live takes and much more.

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A song in memory of Amy Winehouse R.I.P

July 23, 2011

Bring Me Back Down
Words & Music by Rob Anthony

All these empty bottles
There’s still no happiness
No matter how high I get
My head is still a mess
I don’t know where I’m going
All I know is I need a friend right now
To bring me back down

I want to find my way back
I want to find my way back home
I’m tired of playing the game
With the devils toys
I don’t know how it started
All I know is I need friend right now
To bring me back down

Song available on my latest album/CD release online at: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/robanthony1

Anything You Want

July 13, 2011

Quote of the day: “Don’t be on your deathbed someday, having squandered your one chance at life, full of regret because you pursued little distractions instead of big dreams.” ~ Derek Sivers

(I’ll be giving a review of this book ‘Anything You Want , 40 Lessons For  A New Kind Of Entrepreneur’ when finished)

Store Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/bests​ellers/books/2745/