But how could I make a cover set be more than just a cover set? After all, people don't want to watch a featured artist play rehashed tunes, songs that they can't really own. There's little art in that, if any. Folks want to see and hear original music, ideas, and concepts.
I lucked out a few weeks later when I received a very special gift from my sister Anais - a children's book called The Clown of God, an old story told and written by Tomie DePaola. At first I thought it was a bit silly, a children's book about a clown named Giovanni (Anais later admitted that this was the only reason she gave me the book.. I suppose it was intended to allude to my one-time half-serious aspirations to become a clown). But when I actually read the book, I was so moved by the clown's story that I knew instantly this was also my story, my theme, my concept - GioSafari: Clown of God.
On february 26, 2010, I performed the show for the first and - as of yet - only time. The first set that night was mostly originals, including embarrassing debut performances of Pax Americana and Four Women. So I was nervous sitting before the mic for the second set. My face was covered with clown makeup and I was dressed like a homeless person, ready to faithfully tell the tale of the Clown of God.
I hired a videographer to capture the entire event two years ago and I've been sitting on the footage ever since. Finally I've released the audio as a FREE download on NoiseTrade and I will be leaking the video footage on YouTube, slowly over the next few weeks.
The soundtrack includes songs written by some of my greatest influences - Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Bright Eyes, Against Me! and NOFX. Please feel free to download the tunes and leave a tip if you can spare!
Thanks for your love and support!