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Hopeless, Etc.

I’m hope­less
Hope­less and tired
Will you give me the sign I’m look­ing for?
I am mired with the earnest and sight-​inspired
Hopeless

A Kick­starter cam­paign is cur­rently under­way; suc­cess­fully reach­ing its ini­tial goal in a few days. Objec­tive? Remas­ter, and for the first time release on vinyl as well as a remas­tered CD, the 1992 album Dig by Chris­t­ian alter­na­tive rock band Adam Again.

Adam Again was Gene Andrusco’s brain­child. In the days of his youth, Andr­usco was an actor, play­ing Dar­rin Stephens on Bewitched among other roles. As an adult, Andr­usco chose to go by the name Gene Eugene and focused his artis­tic side on music, be it as an artist (in addi­tion to Adam Again he was also a found­ing mem­ber of The Lost Dogs), pro­ducer, or for a time record label owner. He died in 2000 at age 38 from a brain aneurysm.

One of Andrusco’s broth­ers in musi­cal arms described him as a genius artist and ama­teur human being. Take from that what you will. Despite his stub­born addic­tion to being the afore­men­tioned human, Andr­usco was uni­ver­sally loved by those he worked along­side no mat­ter how exas­per­at­ing he could be, which from all reports was sub­stan­tial. He was far more adept at musi­cal and lyri­cal expres­sion than per­sonal, hardly a unique trait among artists through­out the centuries.

I’m help­less
Help­less and silent
Can you return my voice?
You left me mute and defi­ant
But I can’t get my hands untied
I’m helpless

It is well worth not­ing how uncom­fort­ably par­al­lel the world in which Dig was released, namely the con­tem­po­rary Chris­t­ian music world of the early 1990s, and today’s con­ser­v­a­tive new media world align. At the time Dig first saw the light of day, con­tem­po­rary Chris­t­ian music (CCM for short) was pop­u­lated by a few heavy hit­ter record labels and artist man­agers who dic­tated which artists and musi­cal gen­res would receive the lion’s share of pro­mo­tion, with all oth­ers left to fend for them­selves via word of mouth among a hand­ful of rabid enthu­si­asts. This is why at a time when alter­na­tive rock and grunge ruled the main­stream music world both in atten­tion drawn and records/​concert tick­ets sold, the hand­ful of Chris­t­ian artists work­ing in this field were pri­vately praised but pub­licly ignored by CCM’s busi­ness side in favor of über­soft praise schmaltz or syrupy Top 40 pseudo dance pop. Adam Again, along with other bands and artists — Daniel Amos, The Choir, 77s, Under­cover, Altar Boys, Steve Tay­lor, Veil of Ashes — who should have been her­alded were instead lit­er­ally and fig­u­ra­tively shoved to the back of the bus, left to fend for them­selves. Sub­sti­tute Salem Media and National Review for record labels and artist man­agers, and Trump Derange­ment Syn­drome for the music pro­moted dur­ing that time … you get the picture.

I’m use­less
Use­less with­out you
It’s my fault
I am with­ered, I am weak
And about to find out why I’m so into
Being use­less

Gene Eugene was a spir­i­tual descen­dent of Solomon who wearily described all as van­ity; of the Psalmists who cried out:

Why, my soul, are you down­cast?
Why so dis­turbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Sav­ior and my God.

His was a faith and life of real­ity, one in which you reached out to peo­ple where they were, not where you demanded they be. It is a les­son sadly lost on all fronts in today’s world, espe­cially the one founded on cit­i­zen jour­nal­ism but now choked with the very elit­ism it once set out to destroy.

youtube http://youtube.com/watch?v=P5V8AWUyApU?rel=0&w=450&h=253

I’m hopeless
Hopeless and tired
Will you give me the sign I’m looking for?
I am mired with the earnest and sight-inspired
Hopeless

Kickstarter campaign is currently underway;  successfully reaching its initial goal in a few days. Objective? Remaster, and for the first time release on vinyl as well as a remastered CD, the 1992 album Dig by Christian alternative rock band Adam Again.

Adam Again was Gene Andrusco’s brainchild. In the days of his youth, Andrusco was an actor, playing Darrin Stephens on Bewitched among other roles. As an adult, Andrusco chose to go by the name Gene Eugene and focused his artistic side on music, be it as an artist (in addition to Adam Again he was also a founding member of The Lost Dogs), producer, or for a time record label owner. He died in 2000 at age 38 from a brain aneurysm.

One of Andrusco’s brothers in musical arms described him as a genius artist and amateur human being. Take from that what you will. Despite his stubborn addiction to being the aforementioned human, Andrusco was universally loved by those he worked alongside no matter how exasperating he could be, which from all reports was substantial. He was far more adept at musical and lyrical expression than personal, hardly a unique trait among artists throughout the centuries.

I’m helpless
Helpless and silent
Can you return my voice?
You left me mute and defiant
But I can’t get my hands untied
I’m helpless

It is well worth noting how uncomfortably parallel the world in which Dig was released, namely the contemporary Christian music world of the early 1990s, and today’s conservative new media world align. At the time Dig first saw the light of day, contemporary Christian music (CCM for short) was populated by a few heavy hitter record labels and artist managers who dictated which artists and musical genres would receive the lion’s share of promotion, with all others left to fend for themselves via word of mouth among a handful of rabid enthusiasts. This is why at a time when alternative rock and grunge ruled the mainstream music world both in attention drawn and records/concert tickets sold, the handful of Christian artists working in this field were privately praised but publicly ignored by CCM’s business side in favor of übersoft praise schmaltz or syrupy Top 40 pseudo dance pop. Adam Again, along with other bands and artists – Daniel Amos, The Choir, 77s, Undercover, Altar Boys, Steve Taylor, Veil of Ashes – who should have been heralded were instead literally and figuratively shoved to the back of the bus, left to fend for themselves. Substitute Salem Media and National Review for record labels and artist managers, and Trump Derangement Syndrome for the music promoted during that time … you get the picture.

I’m useless
Useless without you
It’s my fault
I am withered, I am weak
And about to find out why I’m so into
Being useless

Gene Eugene was a spiritual descendent of Solomon who wearily described all as vanity; of the Psalmists who cried out:

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.

His was a faith and life of reality, one in which you reached out to people where they were, not where you demanded they be. It is a lesson sadly lost on all fronts in today’s world, especially the one founded on citizen journalism but now choked with the very elitism it once set out to destroy.

youtube http://youtube.com/watch?v=P5V8AWUyApU?rel=0&w=450&h=253