FEEL FREE

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Freelance Philosophers

FEEL FREE

Freelance Philosophers Release FEEL FREE Album December 1, 2022

Alpena, Michigan natives Brian Silver, Forrest Maher, and Chicago-based drummer, Jason Hollembeak, reunite with James Kananen at his Bad Racket Recording Studios in Cleveland, Ohio to record Freelance Philosopher’s 2022 album Feel Free. The new album

Freelance Philosophers

FEEL FREE

Freelance Philosophers Release FEEL FREE Album December 1, 2022

Alpena, Michigan natives Brian Silver, Forrest Maher, and Chicago-based drummer, Jason Hollembeak, reunite with James Kananen at his Bad Racket Recording Studios in Cleveland, Ohio to record Freelance Philosopher’s 2022 album Feel Free. The new album released December 1, 2022. 

“Life is 10% what happens and 90% how you react.” That’s a favorite quote of songwriter Silver’s.

And if Silver’s riffs and tones on his guitars, bass, and keyboards get signature Silver heavy and eerie to match the mystique of life, so might it also be said of Maher’s introspective lyrical approach. Maher also did the artwork for the album.

Drummer Hollembeak holds the ship steady no matter the weather. Kananen provides a boost with additional keys and sound prowess.

Lyricist, Maher, explores the human condition on this latest endeavor: from adventure to near death to loss, to starting to love again. 

Self-care and awareness, self regulation, trusting your gut, knowing when to say when, encountering adversity, being open to love are a few of the throughlines contemplated and rendered.

On the driving “Faith Stay,” the speaker isn’t sure if he’ll see light again, but he keeps reaching.

On “Love All” the speaker questions the capacity to love. “If I should stand so tall, can I stand to love all? You should stand so tall...There’s still time. You can make it right. Set the time to love all.” Set the time, indeed.

The ballad “Welcome” brings us to small village where the the hungry and poor are outside an invite only shelter where the guests are being served a meal with more courses and utensils than the entire village has rice. “We don’t need an enemy...Respect is given, trust is earned, no matter color, size, or creed.” 

On the track “Feel Free” the speaker actualizes how it’s up to the self to start anew. A heady proposition, but one that’s appropriate for the tone of this tune.

Songwriters Silver and Maher were raised in Alpena, Michigan and began their musical projects together in 1996.

Drummer Hollembeak and Maher go back to 1991 when they met and released their first album together in 1993. 

Maher met Kananen in 2018 while scouting locations for their Dare to Dream Again recording.

The new Freelance Philosophers album Feel Free can be heard online on December 1, 2022 on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Music, Bandcamp and more, as well as https://freelancephilosophers.com and For more information, contact info@freelancephilosophers.com

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