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For Greater Consciousness

World Peace Through Inner Peace

Read the latest thoughts from Benjamin Saalbach-Walsh, singer/songwriter/pianist of
For Greater Consciousness, Pittsburgh's very own socially conscious piano rock ensemble.

You’re Beautiful! There’s So Much In Your Heart They Haven’t Seen.


We just entered NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest, and the video is fantastic!

We performed my song Beautiful (So Much In Your Heart), a positive song about self-worth and the parts of ourselves that people write off. I like to summarize it as: You are beautiful and you matter. What happens to you matters.

Hope you like it! And please do share it with those who will benefit from its message.

Angela Baughman as recording and mix engineer
Alex R recording video

CJ Young on djembe
Elizabeth Joy Cook on cello
Stacey K on vocals
Stephanie Miller on flute.
James Rushin on bass and vocals
On yeah, and that Benjamin guy on piano and vocals and songwriting and stuff.

Special thanks go to Feng Yu for telling me that my original draft was too samey, and to Katy for shaping the vocal arrangement by telling me what I needed to hear when I needed to hear it.

The Shape of For Greater Consciousness


Over the past few months, my primary goal has been to start putting out content on a weekly basis.  Our web presence has been expanding as a result, so I thought it worth taking a moment to let you know where we”re keeping everything.

Our YouTube channel – Where we’re putting out videos!  Lots of new stuff lately. :)
Our Email List – Probably the most reliable way to hear about new content.
@FGCLovesYou on Twitter –  A good way to reach us.
Our Facebook Fan Page – Updates on our what”s new. (Like the page, then Like and/or Comment on posts… otherwise Facebook”s algorithm may not show you any of our stuff.)
…And of course, This Very Blog!

Dating a vampire? :-)=


It’s a question I’m sure we’ve all considered: should we date that hot vampire who lives in the castle across from the mall? On the one hand, they’re a controlling jerkwad, but on the other, they’re all tragic and stuff, and they sparkle as they brood.

Allow me to interject with a bit of my own hard-won experience in the field of, you know, not dating vampires.

Bass provided by James Rushin. Some great feedback both from him and from my dear brother Christopher helped hone the song to a fine point.