Born in 1959 in Chicago, Illinois Robert Rosewood grew up in an upper middle-class family whose father impressed upon his children a diabolical work ethic Robert regarded as “the supreme value of life”.
Graduating from Loyola University in 1981, Robert’s experience in the declining job market left him suffering from a mysterious condition Robert describes as an “emotional blackout”.
Trusting his belief “God really exists”, Robert embarked on a spiritual journey that released him from his “descent into hell”. The emotional release hurled him ”body, mind, and soul” into a terrifying psychological state culminating in what he describes as “three hours with the Father”. With the help of a Catholic priest from a nearby missionary he “came down from heaven” and recovered his emotional and psychological balance. In the process he realized God had claimed him. With a new spirituality and outlook, Robert began to write songs expressing the emotional deprivation he experienced as a child and later as a troubled teenager. “I realized I missed out on the love of a father. My dad either didn’t have it to give, had it but chose not to give it, or channeled it into his work – “the blow torch principle he pontificated”. The longing and sadness Robert experienced and God flooding that void with love is a theme that comes out again and again in his many songs. “It was after the experience of God’s love that I decided music was the direction I wanted to go”.
In 1983 Robert moved out on his own and worked his way back into the Chicago job market establishing himself in the contact furniture industry. With a new inner vision and unique perspective on life he continued writing and performing in and around the Chicago area. In 1987 Robert moved to Nashville, adopted the title “The Hat”, and began performing on the Nashville writer’s night circuit. He continued to live and work in Nashville making efforts to share “the experience of Jesus” with a larger audience. Unable to find a following for his music he decided to return north. Before leaving he shared his experience with a small community.
In 1995 Robert returned to Chicago to compile his “songs, poems, and dreams” into various renditions of a new gospel. “The Virgin Coop, a trilogy, Three Short Stories, Songs, Poems, Dreams” is a result of those efforts. “Christ’s prayer book” as Robert pontificates it.
In August 2014, while writing “The Virgin Coop” Robert suffered a third nervous breakdown forcing him, at age fifty-five, to retire from his thirty-year career in the contract furniture industry. He made a full recovery. Younger sister Monica was not so lucky. After a prolonged, anguished, struggle she succumbed to my father’s work ethic committing suicide in December 2015.
Robert is currently working on a YouTube music video series entitled “The Virgin Coop, The Rosary” which utilizes the piece and bead sequence of the rosary as a template to present many of the songs, poems, and dreams in his book “The Virgin Coop, a trilogy”.
In January 2020 Robert Rosewood will be begin performing in the Chicagoland area with his new band. Many of the concerts will include as the opening act The Slingerlandz, old friends of Robert’s from Northbrook. The Slingerlandz tell the story of a rock ‘n roll band.
Robert Rosewood’s latest batch of songs include “King Arthur’s Blues”, “We Missed You in Church Last Sunday” and “Batman’s Boogie” (to be posted on his Bandcamp page early January 2020). The first two songs reflect the latest in new testament scholarship by independent researcher/author Ralph Ellis, who has found King Arthur and Jesus of the New Testament in the historical record. They are, in fact, one and the same person. Check out Ralph’s amazing books at: http://edfu-books.uk Also, check out Joe Atwill’s book “Caesar’s Messiah, The Roman Conspiracy to Invent Jesus, Flavian Signature edition” at: http://www.caesarsmessiah.com My experience is nailed between these two amazing scholars to which I (and the slowly waking world) are (and will be) deeply indebted to.
Christianity, after two thousand years, is finally turning over. I am glad to play a role in its long-needed development. I hope you will join me for the amazing ride.
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What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
All original Bob Dylan Style Music
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
Bob Dylan - I am the "Slow Train Coming" Bob Dylan has "prophesied".
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
I will for the foreseeable future continuing to record and upload to my Robert Rosewood Band Camp page the over 200 songs I have written beginning 1982 to present, as well as all new material I am and will be writing. I will also be hosting concerts with my new band in the Chicagoland area many of which will host the rock band The Slingerlandz - old high school buddies of mine from Northbrook, Illinois.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
To continue to record and perform my music which expresses the captivity and release experiences of mine within the context of the at long last discovery of the "Jesus" found in the historical record by authors Joe Atwill and Ralph Ellis. Links to both of these amazing author's books provided in my uploaded press kit.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
King Arthur's Blues - I love the boogie guitar riff as well as the newly discovered "Christian/Arthurian" story the lyrics tell. King Arthur's lyric version to be uploaded to my bandcamp page early January 2020 (if not sooner). The lyrics are provided on the instrumental version uploaded now on Robert Rosewood Bancamp.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
Getting my music and story heard by the greatest number of people.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
Integrating a new chord/rhythm pattern with a story I want to tell. King Arthur's Blues is a perfect example.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Incredibly helpful. Bandcamp and YouTube along with Amazon (for the sale of my book) are avenues for artistic expression that, twenty years ago, would not have been available to me.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Rolling Stones old hits, Country / Classic Rock including The Smithsonian History of Classic County Music (an eight album history) I currently purchased.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I worked for 30 years in the contact furniture industry but was always writing and performing my music since my early twenties.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
I couldn't say (as far as making a living from it). If you are a musician it is just something you have to do to stay happy. I found Bob Dylan and the teacher appeared. But until I was forced into retirement at age 55 I always had to do it "on the side".
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
I would look for and promote "talent in the rough" and give them a platform to reach their audience.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
Originality is the way to uncover and develop your/other truth
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?Thank you a thousand times for this wonderful opportunity to express myself.
Robert Rosewood has pulled into the station. Shalom