Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.) Q: What is The Gossman Passion? A: The Gossman Passion is a rock opera composed by singer/songwriter Mike Garrigan. Q: Who is Mike Garrigan? A: Mike Garrigan is the composer of six critically acclaimed modern rock albums, including the Universal Records release Dirty Wake. He has toured nationally and internationally with Collapsis and the Atlantic Records band Athenaeum. Mike has also collaborated with Grammy Award winning producer John Shanks. Q: Why is this project called The Gossman Passion? A: The composition of The Gossman Passion was commissioned in honor of Bishop F. Joseph Gossman by the Newman Catholic Student Center Parish of Chapel Hill, NC in recognition for thirty years of service to the Diocese of Raleigh. This work is dedicated to him. Q: What makes The Gossman Passion unique? A: The lyrics are taken nearly verbatim from the New American Bible. It is literally the Passion according to Matthew set to music. While most of the piece is narrated, whenever a character from the story speaks, that text is sung. Q: What is the music of The Gossman Passion like? A: Mike Garrigan's music is often described as 'intelligent modern rock.' His work is often compared to 90's R.E.M., Toad the Wet Sprocket, and A Perfect Circle. The Gossman Passion is very much a rock album in the spirit of what Mike Garrigan has produced in the past. The project differs from Garrigan's past works in that it features a multitude of voices and a full choir. Q: Who appears on the featured recording of The Gossman Passion? A: The premier recording of The Gossman Passion features Mike Garrigan as the voice of Jesus. Mike selected many of his contemporaries to perform the voices of featured characters. Mark Kano, formerly the front man of Athenaeum, performs the voices of Judas and Pilate. For a complete list of album credits, please read the credits feature via the credits link. Q: Why can't I purchase The Gossman Passion CD in a traditional record store or Christian music store? A: The Gossman Passion is an independently produced recording. Currently, the cost of traditional distribution is too high for the project's budget. Although, if the recording sells well through this site and through other on-line distribution methods, then there will be enough momentum to get The Gossman Passion into stores everywhere. If you believe in this project, please don't hesitate to purchase a few extra copies for your friends and loved ones. Q: How much does the audio CD of The Gossman Passion cost? A: At gossmanpassion.com, the audio CD costs $10.00 plus $4 to cover shipping, handling, and Paypal fees. At other websites (like CD Baby), the price will be a dollar or two higher, depending on their pricing model. Q: I don't feel safe purchasing things on-line. Is there an alternate way that I can purchase copies of The Gossman Passion audio CD? A: Yes, there is an official mail-in order form that you may download in the 'Order' section of this website. All you have to do is download the form, fill it out, include a check for the total, and mail it to the provided P.O. Box. Mail orders will take two weeks for processing. Ordering via Paypal is both safe and highly encouraged. Q: Is The Gossman Passion available for download via iTunes or other pay-per-download sites? A: Currently, the biblical text from the New American Bible is only licensed for audio CD. However, we are currently looking into licensing options for mp3 downloads. Check back with gossmanpassion.com for news about digital distribution. Q: Can't I just copy the CD from a friend? I rarely pay for any of the music I enjoy. A: The Gossman Passion is protected by copyright law. By purchasing a CD, you are supporting the composer and musicians who have made this project possible. By promoting illegal distribution, giving away copies of this disc, or lending this disc for others to copy, you are hurting the artists who created this music. It has the same effect as stealing a CD from a store without paying for it. Before you copy this CD, or any CD for that matter, please consider who is affected by that action. Q: How can I purchase a copy of the score of The Gossman Passion so that it can be performed at my church? A: The complete score to The Gossman Passion will be available for order at gossmanpassion.com in the summer of 2006, well in time for the 2007 Lent season. In addition to a traditional score of the music, karaoke, instrumental, and narrator-only versions of the audio CD will also be available.
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