Micah and the Jazzgrass Apocalypse - Vinyl
My name is Micah Harold.
I was smart (or dumb) enough to write music through a journey of grief, loss, addiction, and withdrawal, to an eventual transformation and illuminated reemergence of the spirit from a darkness that consumed two years of my life when at last, the clouds finally parted and the light was allowed back in, all of which is an experience beyond any measurement of words, impossible to describe.
Stricken with grief and heartbreak through an unfortunate sequence of events, I had very foolishly decided to quit every addiction and vice I had at once after a lifetime of being a high functioning addict. I started off with cigarettes that I had been smoking for 25 years followed by an 18 year old opiate habit. I also quit the benzos, klonopin, sugar, milk and grains for good measure, even TV and video games.
Through it all I wrote and recorded the music that came to me, obsessed with the compositions like a mad scientist on the verge of a breakthrough which lasted the course of two years, on a mission to allow melody, harmony and rhythm tell my story.
No calling had ever been stronger to me than the one that led to the JazzGrass Apocalypse. In all my artistic endeavors, nothing had ever gripped me like the music that rampaged out of me during that time.
This work itself is a conceptual album in which the songs flow into each other like notes and each song represents a different level of Hell through which, like Dante and countless untold others before him, your humble host walked, until at last we find ourselves under the stars once again.
It tells a story of falling into darkness, being smitten by a paralyzing sequence of events that opens all your wounds, seizes your soul and will to go on, robbing you of your dreams and ambitions, and to look straight into the abyss where, instead of looking down, you find yourself looking up as you rise through Hell itself to meet it, a hell of the mind, the body and the heart,…to find yourself again after many years, in the clear, bright light, liberated by the sounds of jazz and bluegrass.
This is the JazzGrass Apocalypse.