California singer-songwriter Greg Laswell's third full-length album, "Take a Bow," brings an end to a trilogy he's been working on about loss and hope — small ideas, right? But Laswell — whose songs have been used in "Grey's Anatomy," "90210," "True Blood" and "Castle" — says he found a different way to do it this time.
"I'm still writing about pain and certain issues of losing something," he explains, "but for the first time I've been able to write a lot more objectively. I personally wasn't going through a lot of the things I was writing about while I was writing them, and on the other two I was kind of in the thick of what I was writing about.
"So it's much more of a bird's eye perspective on a lot of it."
Moreover, Laswell was pleased that some of the songs got away from the morose nature of "Take a Bow's" two predecessors.
"I wasn't miserable when I was recording this," he says with a laugh. "There's a few straight-ahead happy songs on this record, which is kind of new for me, and a song or two that's kind of (angry), a side I've never put out there before. It's definitely a bit more broad and across the board."
Greg Laswell, Jimmy Gnecco and Brian White perform Wednesday, May 19, at the Blind Pig, 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor. Doors open at 8 p.m. Cover is $15. Call 734-996-8555 or visit www.blindpigmusic.com.
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