"Disorders" - Stone Gossard and Ani DiFranco



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A stroke of destiny, or the right place at the right time. This is how Stone Gossard and Ani DiFranco connected to support women and their rights to reproductive health care. The track is “Disorders,” created by Gossard along with Josh Evans, Skerik and Stanton Moore, with lyrics and melody by DiFranco. Listen to “Disorders” HERE. All proceeds go to the National Network of Abortion Funds, which aims to remove the financial and logistical barriers to abortion access. “Disorders” is a production of Loosegroove and Righteous Babe Records.

About “Disorders” Gossard says, “What keeps me coming back to playing my guitar is the magic of how musical bits and pieces can transform into a complete song with a life of its own . The major ingredients are usually an inspired collaboration and some ephemeral fairy dust. What was recorded 6 years ago as a demo in New Orleans sat for a while until Skerik had the epiphany to ask his friend,  the singer, musician, artist, and activist Ani DiFranco,  to add her voice and words. Ani's fierce melodic independence and her visceral in-the-moment vocal performance took this track to a much higher plane. I'm thrilled have been part of this song and to have had the chance to collaborate with this Incredible group of artists.” 

DiFranco shares that longtime friend Skerik mentioned a track he was working on that needed vocals and lyrics and she offered to listen. “What showed up was a killer track with an evocative guitar hook, a shape, a vibe, a bombastic balls-to-the-wall outro. I marveled that anyone could record a song that sounded so cohesive and fully realized with no melody or lyric to guide it. I felt instantly inspired and honored. I was invited to sing about whatever I wanted.”

DiFranco continues, “With the overturning of Roe v. Wade, women in every Republican stronghold in this country are left treading in a sea of unnecessary suffering, just trying to keep their heads above water. Poor women will be drowned by the score. That is why this track is a fundraiser for abortion access - to help women who don’t have resources but who desperately need abortions. I am so grateful for men like Stone, Skerik, Stanton- not just for the blessing of this track and the honor of being invited into it, but for actually seeing women in their full humanity and being willing to stand with them.”

one disorder
or another
it’s a lot to process
so much for due process

can i take your order?
can i take how you ignored her?
can i even pique your interest?
(buy me time to get dressed)

if you know
then you know
how your grip can just let go
how the meaning can get missed
once you know how it feels
to not exist

i have entered into
with the blissful abyss
of disassociation
and all that it implies
watching you weaponize
your ejaculations

one fire
or another
it’s a lot to process
i just need an egress

your importance
has reached global proportions
it’s a lot to process
i guess this my process

i have entered into
with the blissful abyss
of disassociation
and all that it implies
watching you weaponize…

i don’t give a fuck what you think you know
look at you, you don’t know

Stone Gossard: guitar
Ani DiFranco: vocals
Skerik: saxophone
Stanton Moore: drums
Josh Evans: producer, sampler

Stone Gossard plays rhythm guitar in Pearl Jam along with playing and producing music through his own label Loose Groove Records. He is a lifelong Seattle resident and continues to make his home there with his wife and four daughters.

Widely considered a feminist icon, Grammy winner Ani DiFranco is the mother of the DIY movement, being one of the first artists to create her own record label in 1990. While she has been known as the “Little Folksinger,” her music has embraced punk, funk, hip hop, jazz, soul, electronica and even more distant sounds. Her collaborators have included everyone from Utah Phillips to legendary R&B saxophonist Maceo Parker to Prince. She has shared stages with Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Seeger, Kris Kristofferson, Greg Brown, Billy Bragg, Michael Franti, Chuck D., and many more. Her memoir No Walls and the Recurring Dream was released in May 2019, and DiFranco released a No Walls Mixtape alongside the book, offering a new take on songs related to the memoir. Her last album was 2021’s Revolutionary Love.

Decade upon decade, Skerik remains the tireless steward for one of modern music's most diverse, adventurous & passionate bodies of work.

Over the years, it has been Skerik's enormous honor to tour with Roger Waters, Fred Wesley, Les Claypool, Critters Buggin, Sadhappy, Beta Popes, Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet, Garage a Trois, Stanton Moore, Mike Clark, Headhunters, Robert Walter, Ponga, Wayne Horvitz 4+1 ensemble, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Bobby Previte's Coalition of the Willing, New York Composer's Orchestra, Galactic, Tuatara, Mark Eitzel, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, The Dead Kenny G's, Black Frames, Maelstrom Trio, Illuminasti Trio, Master Musicians of Bukkake, True Loves, McTuff, Master Musicians of Jajouka & so many more.


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