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PREMIERE: Eric Harrison Releases New Single “A Home Is Not A Hologram”

Eric Harrison is a New Jersey- based singer-songwriter whose fourth album, the aptly-titled Gratitude, will be released in late 2020. Three decades of well-crafted Americana-flavored guitar rock have earned him favorable comparisons to Soul Asylum, Buffalo Tom, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, and Tom Petty, and he’s won over an engaged fanbase through actively gigging in the tri-state area.

A Home Is Not A Hologram, the second single from Gratitude, is a lush, string-drenched acoustic ode to home and hearth:

A home is not a hologram
A sorry shack on a plot of land is worth more now than any prayer or price
We’ve got steel and wood and wire to forge a life out of tears and fire
Something real is always worth a fight
And a hologram is just a trick of light

About the song, Harrison comments

“I was walking my dog in suburbia one morning while listening to the hippie masterpiece “Forever Changes” by Love.  The second song on the album – “A House Is Not a Motel” – has always been misnamed in my memory as “A House Is Not a Hotel” because … well, alliteration is good. So while listening to what I thought was “A House is not a Hotel” I exclaimed to Jimmy the morkie –  who unlike the humans I live with accepts my non-sequiturs in stride – “Well maybe a house is not a hotel, but a home is not a hologram either.”

“WTF does that mean?” I asked myself while stooping to bag Jimmy’s morning deposit.  Then I looked up to gaze upon three adjacent homes with “phony brick in front, vinyl on the back and side.”  That became the first line of a song which fortunately did not veer into a critique of modern home design.  It became a meditation on the intoxication of flash versus the sustenance of substance. Of course without a little flash life is boring, so we added strings and harmonies.”

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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