HEY GALAXY was created in the midst of another project as a result of the current political upheaval in the United States. Gibson was working on an album entirely about love, accompanied by an orchestra, but after the 2016 presidential election they felt moved to put forth a more social justice-oriented project. ''There's a quote that says, 'Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.' I wanted to do that. I wanted to make something political and human and gutsy in its revolt. Something beautiful in its sweetness and rage and vulnerability. Something loud and tender at the same time.''
HEY GALAXY does just that. The sixteen poems on the album tell the story of our times. Whether it's ''Orlando,'' which brutally relives the massacre at at LGBTQ nightclub and Gibson's own struggles with coming out, or ''A Letter to White Queers'' which combats white privilege during the rise of the Black Lives Matter Movement, Gibson's poems awaken us with their urgency, honesty, and their lyrical meld of grit and beauty.
''I have the luxury of being friends and working with some of the greatest writers out there today, people that truly impress me with their use of words. Always David Sedaris, but also love, love, love author Stef Willen; journalist/critic Sascha Cohen; and poet Andrea Gibson.'' - Tig Notaro in the New York Times
1. YOUR LIFE
4. ANGELS OF THE GET-THROUGH
5. BOOMERANG VALENTINE
6. LETTER TO WHITE QUEERS
9. PHOTOSHOPPING MY SISTER'S MUGSHOT
10. ABOUT THE WEATHER
11. GIVE HER
12. ODE TO THE PUBLIC PANIC ATTACK
13. THE DAY YOU DIED BECAUSE YOU WANTED TO
14. GOOD LIGHT
15. TO THE MEN CAT CALLING MY GIRLFRIEND WHILE I'M WALKING BESIDE HER (LIVE)
16. FIGHT FOR LOVE (LIVE)
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