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Gavin Castleton & Cyrus Leddy: 'The Good Night's Sleep'

The album's protagonist, Gary Tivoli, draws himself getting arrested hide caption

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The album's protagonist, Gary Tivoli, draws himself getting arrested

Gavin Castleton & Cyrus Leddy's collaborative effort is called Grace Land hide caption

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Cyrus Leddy and Gavin Castleton's Grace Land shocks and amuses listeners by giving a blue-collar eccentric not only a podium but an entire orchestra to punctuate his rolling narrative. This work presents the story of Gary Tivoli, a 38 year old office-store worker who was discovered by Leddy on a routine visit to the Storage Media aisle.

In Leddy, Tivoli found a willing audience to share his ramblings about everything from his favorite TV show to public humiliation at a cousin's wedding, all of which made their way onto Leddy's small tape recorder. Five months after the initial interviews, producer Gavin Castleton approached Leddy about a lyrical collaboration. A few days later Leddy emailed him ten pieces meticulously extracted from the 29+ hours of Gary Tivoli recordings - the prose that would become Grace Land.

Castleton took the spoken word audio and proceeded to produce and write music to accompany what would ultimately become the backing for his vocal performances posing as Gary Tivoli. Having never met the eccentric man, Leddy coached Castleton in cadence, tone, and all the things that made Gary Tivoli such an interesting subject in the first place. In Tivoli and Grace Land, Cyrus Leddy and Gavin Castleton found a character unremarkable, universal, and generally void of metaphor.

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