So I've been going through some hard introspective times in my life recently, what with the weight loss and such. Coming to terms with who I really am and who I was meant to be.
I was watching Conan one morning (I TIVO) and he introduced the musical guest, The Avett Brothers. I'm very rough on artists I've never heard before, you have about 10 seconds to hook me in. When I heard the Banjo beginning of Paranoia in B Major. I knew something amazing was about to happen. I put down my remote control. I leaned forward and was moved to tears.
I'd never been affected by a band in this way.
As soon as the song ended, I rewound and played it again. Twice more and I realized buying the album would be a better use of my time. I scoured the net. The album was not out yet. It was coming though.
I found every free mp3 I could to satiate my need to hear them until the album was released. And then I discovered, they weren't new, they'd already put out a few records, I found several on itunes and bought them up.
When Emotionalism was released I bought it without hesitation before I did anything else for the day.
I have never listened to a single album as many times as I have Emotionalism. I've never loved a band as much as this one.
I know that feeling. The one that teenagers speak of when they really connect with the lyrics or voice of a popular band. That feeling that the band wrote those songs for them.
But that fades, as I'm an adult and not naive. But the feeling is still there under the surface.
The song Weight of Lies, actually changed my life in sweeping ways I don't completely understand yet. If I ever get to meet Seth, Scott or Bob I will thank them.
The posters behind me came from my Buddy and fellow Whiskerino KO. Thanks Kevin.
I hung them temporarily for this shot, they are actually in queue to be framed proper to hang on the south wall of my office.
I love these posters.
Quick fact: I've never been to a concert, even though I really love all types of music. I almost went to a TMBG show in SF, the last time I was there but alas it wasn't in the cards.