Signs of life! We're not broken!
Hey, there! It's been a while.
There is just so much going on. Not the least of which being, we've all but finished the new album!
You read that correctly. Mixing, mastering, artwork... we're double checking some last details before we send the files off, but things are very much on schedule!
Here's a taste of what the final mixes sound like, and the kind of crazy variety you can expect between songs:
I should probably have warned you, Foe put that medley together. Pretty sure he was aiming for maximum torture; sorry about that. Fortunately, adding pictures and text seemed to help soften the blow.
Still, his "I'm Not Broken" cut was way too short, so... surprise! Here's the full thing:
A little backstory on that one...
A while back, one of our friends went through a traumatic break-up. He told us what he was going through, and we tried to assure him that, we had each survived and eventually healed from similar experiences, so he would get through this as well. He wasn't ready to internalize that, insisting again and again that he was broken. It hit us pretty hard.
The next morning, Dan wrote a song. The lyrics were whimsical, more in line with what we usually do. They expressed that no matter how bad things get, there's a character in Lord of the Rings who has it worse. And so, "You're not Gollum" was born.
Dan sent me a demo and asked if I felt as helpless as he did.
I had been, but the song got me thinking. So I started to reply with something like "Forget Gollum. You're not BROKEN."
I was halfway joking, but it struck me that whatever we wrote, our friend would eventually sing along to. So, why not use that?
In the next few hours, I ended up rewriting all of the lyrics, from the emotionally raw perspective of someone very much like our friend, with one key difference: this character was ready to start climbing out of the hole.
I was a little worried that twisting their words to convey the opposite meaning might be somehow disrespectful or insensitive, but the first time we performed the song, our friend ended up interrupting the show to jump up on stage and give everybody bear hugs.
And then the next morning, he showed us his brand new tattoo:
So, yeah. This song means a lot to us, and we're thrilled to finally have it out in the world.
Particularly now, with all the ugliness going on out there. It's important to remember, none of us are alone, and despite everything, we're not broken either!
(Keep making! Keep creating! And do it with love and a song in your heart!)
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