Gianna Gianna, the unmistakable blonde from BLOK, is celebrating two milestones at the Detroit Bar on Thursday: she's turning 21 years old and releasing her first book. All Encompassing is an exploration of metaphysics and philosophy through the young local musician's poetry. The book-release party will offer copies of her book for sale along with a free copy of her solo song, also called "All Encompasing."
It came from an overflowing surge of creativity and the need to share and provide truth, which is always love. I feel a lot of people lose faith in values and morals because of perpetuated prejudices and stereotyping, formed to protect themselves, and eventually conform in some way or another to survive. So, I'm just here to spread art, love and consciousness. To encourage others to live and thrive. I live what I preach. I am exactly who I say I am, with no exceptions. It's the only thing that feels right to me.
What are some detailed examples of what you wrote about?
This book is my perspective of the understanding of upper-level consciousness. It's sneaking metaphysical philosophy, positive ideals and inspiration through poetry, visual art and packaging (including me, who I am) through my perspective.
How long did it take you to complete, and how did you get it published?
I always write. My drafts folder in my cell phone is just filled with poetry; I get inspired everywhere. It only took about a week, give or take, to complete the physical book. It's not that fancy -- completely self- published. Though I will be selling copies at the Lab in Costa Mesa and several art galleries in the Los Angeles area.
Will you give us a preview passage from your book?
excluding a gender, even in title, is in vain.
Pretentious in labeling, in you - me; we're all the same.
Everyone - 'female' + 'male';
in each we all contain"
Why did you title it All Encompassing?
Because we, you and I; us all, are all encompassing beings.
Tell us about the song "All Encompassing."
It's a solo song I wrote (non-BLOK-related) just to further express love and art though a different means of communication, through song.
Yes, actually, I have tons and tons of poetry I am constantly writing on philosophy. I plan to keep writing and sharing love.
Can you give our readers a sneak peek at some of the "surprises" you have in store for Thursday?
Well, there will definitely be some yum yums, a special live act and, who knows, maybe a special appearance by yours truly. ;)
Anything else you want our readers to know?
I may sound like a stickler when it comes to authenticity and self- expression, and I say, "hell, yeah, I am." I'm also a good time . . . and everybody likes a good time.
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From my perspective: Just be, act and thrive in love.
Gianna Gianna's 21st Birthday/Book-Release Party with the Dave Liebe Hart Band, Death Hymn Number 9 and Vitronok is at the Detroit Bar, 843 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, (949) 642-0600; www.detroitbar.com. Thurs., 9 p.m. Free. 21+