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I've Got This

Paul J Rogers

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Released 13 August 2021

This song is about the paradox of how when life throws you a battle, it also throws you the tools to fight the battle.

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You Give Me Gold

Paul J Rogers

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Released 18 April 2021

This song is a musical 'thank you' letter to a special friend who helped Paul through a very difficult time.

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Planet in Pain (Instrumental Adano Mix)

Paul J Rogers

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Released 21 September 2020 (Instrumental)

This song personifies the pain felt by the Greek Goddess Gaia, at the hands of humanity, especially since the industrial revolution. In particular, the damage caused by the burning of coal (in Australia) is the focus of this song.

The song is also an apology to indigenous cultures who have always maintained a strong affinity with the natural world. Whilst the west continues to treat the Earth like a factory, we remain at risk of collapse.

This is a lot of meaning for an instrumental song, but not all messages have words.

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Planet in Pain

Paul J Rogers

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Released 11 September 2020

For thousands of years, indigenous cultures have revered the Earth, as a living breathing entity. This belief was personified in Greek Mythology with the Earth Goddess ‘Gaia’. The term Mother Earth is a popular term used in the west now.

In more recent times, James Lovelock's and Lynn Margulis's ‘Gaia theory’ in the 1970’s, posited the Earth as a complex but self-regulating system, where all living and non-living systems were in a constant state of seeking balance and homeostasis.

Since the industrial revolution, this balance been off kilter. The Earth has been under severe stress, trying to restore balance, and as she was doing this, the goal posts kept moving as we pushed more and more carbon into the atmosphere. We see the effects of this now with the increase in both the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events.

Every living system that collectively makes up the biosphere is under severe stress.

‘Planet in Pain’ personifies the pain felt by Gaia, because of our insatiable appetite for resources and growth at any cost. We continue to consume with the false belief that this can continue without consequences, not just for humans – but 8 for million other species who really on our behaviour and morality for their survival.

We need to stop treating the planet like an ATM and start treating it like a savings account.

Song Review – Fred Bambridge – 9 November 2020

"The Brisbane based singer-songwriter has been actively writing music for a while, and this single acts as his second release of 2020.

If you haven't heard of Paul before he's a fantastic artist who crafts some cinematic tracks that captivate the listener from the off with some shimmering guitar tones and haunting effect.

His vocals in ‘Planet in Pain’ remind me of early Nick Cave in parts with the gruff underlying tones giving it plenty of atmosphere, mixed in with the chorus' soaring strings and you're given something to really sink your teeth into.

The release's whole tone is rather dark, and as we mentioned earlier fairly haunting in places. There's a fine balance of Coldplay's atmospheric tunes mixed in with some Radiohead and Phil Collins (especially towards the end).

If you listen closely to the track you hear you'll hear him singing "our planet is in pain", "let's clean up this mess" and "marching on the streets / to claim justice from the suits". Paul is a big activist in the environmental movement, and for the 25+ years he's been a part of the movement he's got himself a dedicated fan-base with him even getting play-listed on Spotify by Green Music Australia and being in rotation on Extinction Rebellion's very own Rebel Radio.

There's much to love here, and if you loved what you heard be sure to check out his previous work too, it's definitely worth your time!"

https://www.itsallindie.com/2020/11/paul-j-rogers-releases-haunting-track.html?fbclid=IwAR1dRmDTjag2z0QMXr5F8m0QBEGaF5zQ-i0Wnpq2RjpE1OZaULxn47LQ8DU

Song Review – Nicole Mendes – 5 October 2020 – The Other Side Reviews

"Compelling and captivating, ‘Planet in Pain’ is a painfully honest single touching on the effect of climate change in modern society. Written as a narrative from the Earth Goddess Gaia, ‘Planet in Pain’ illustrates the frustration, desperation, despair and concern to “clean up this mess.” Yet, it is not only the lyrics that capture your attention but more the melody underlying Rogers spoken word. Lying somewhere between Chris Isaak and U2, Paul J Rogers adopts a simple combination of guitar and engaging vocals. In fact, it might be this simplicity that enhances the poignancy of his Leonard Cohen-esque style.

What really touches my heart is the final verses spoken without any backing instrumentation. It is not only the words, but the relevancy of the lyrics – “send suffering to millions and the profits to few…and when the West Wing brings its reckoning, we’re left with wearing masks”. I am unsure whether this was intended to discuss 2020’s sociopolitical situation, but these few lines definitely sent shivers down my spine."

https://www.theothersidereviews.com/paul-j-rogers-planet-in-pain-2020/

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Who'll Stop the People

Paul J Rogers

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Released 27 May 2020

Six years, and 13 releases into his solo career, former ‘Real Life Exit’ guitarist, Paul J Rogers delivers an environmental war cry. “The people are getting loud” echoes the chorus.

On his new track, Paul, a long-time environmentalist delivers a scathing critique of the current state-of-play of corporate greed and unfettered capitalism. ‘Who’ll Stop the People’ is also a nod to the rise of global citizens fighting to protect not just humanity, but also to become caretakers for over eight million species.

The track shows a maturity in production and style as he sings a sharp and timely message about our struggle to move from a ‘me’ world to an ‘us’ world.

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Don't Place Me in the Past (Extended Mix)

Paul J Rogers

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Released 26 January 2020

Guitarist from Sydney's 90’s alt-rock outfit ‘Real Life Exit’, returns to form with a rock-belter. This could be one of the top 5 rock songs you hear this year.

The music video alone for this single has had 156,000 streams now on Facebook.

Inspired by the ultimate 90’s ‘break-up’ song ‘You Oughta Know’ by from Alanis Morisette – Paul has delivered a modern version with the same sentiment. He combines this effortlessly with a driving rhythm and rock- riff that you would expect from a Midnight Oil song.

Originally released in Aug 2019, this new 2020 extended mix, has been rebuilt from the ground up, and includes a drum solo which is guaranteed to please the lovers of Ringo Starr’s signature sound.

This special extended mix, was the result of a one-off jam on the first drum take of this recording. The producer Steve Robin goes into full flight on a breath-taking drum solo and lifts the song into another dimension.

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Coffin Groom

Paul J Rogers

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Released 28 October 2019

Coffin Groom was inspired by the signature imagery found in the Tim Burton film, the 'Corpse Bride'.

This song is a tale of two lovers to continually meet, marry and die together.

The cycle continues as they reincarnate and come together to face unresolved spiritual lessons.

The song is reminiscent of the quirky originality of Talking Heads and the Cars, but also brings a brilliance all of its own.

Coming in it at just over 7 minutes and 30 seconds, this song is a journey that will transport you to the underworld of a soul’s cycle and back again.

It’s bold, brave & original.

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Don't Place Me in the Past (Radio Edit)

Paul J Rogers

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Released 1 August 2019

On 'Don't Place Me in the Past', Paul returns to his Sydney 80's pub rock roots to deliver a thumping and unpredictable ride of an alt-rock banger.

This song was Inspired by the ultimate 90’s break-up song ‘You Oughta Know’ - by Alanis Morissette.

Here Paul delivers a contemporary version , with a thumping pulse of a rock-riff that you would expect from a Midnight Oil song.

This could be one of the top five rock songs that you hear in 2019.

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Mirror Soul

Paul J Rogers

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Released 10 June 2019 (Instrumental)

This song was written and recorded in Holland in 1993/94. Two versions were recorded at the time, one with lyrics and this instrumental.

This song draws influences from Pink Floyd to Alice in Chains.

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Early Leaver

Paul Rogers

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Released 9 April 2020

In late 2018, performances of this song, left both Paul and the audiences with an authentic ‘shiver-moments’. 'The single has also captured the attention of two Grammy Award winning producers.

The EP it came from, drawing comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave – is a stark reminder of the power of raw emotion, unfettered honesty and well crafted lyrics.

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