April 21st, 2010
So I just watched “Pirate Radio.” I wanted to see it when it came out in the theaters but I didn’t get the chance. It was incredible! From the very beginning it was a compilation of some of the very best rock n roll in any movie, not to mention the story was moving.
Rock n roll is not just music, at least true rock n roll is not. There is an attitude or a state of mind behind it. The music and the words are a cry for something real, something different than the crap the media or the social medium is throwing in our faces. Sometimes I forget that. Sometimes we get caught up in the next best thing that we are allowed and forget about the freeing experience of the things that cost us. Rock n roll has been at the heart of some of the greatest movements in generations just like ours, although sometimes the pendulum has to swing way out there to find a balance, it still is an exhilarating journey. I wasn’t allowed much rock n roll when I was young so what I did get was from my Walkman with headphones when I was in bed. There was something in the music, something that I didn’t hear in anything else. Not just because it was not allowed, though that did carry some excitement, it was a door to something that was buried inside of me waiting to come out. Inspiration that was beating on my door and with every new song and every new band that I heard the knock was getting louder and louder. So many times since the beginning, rock n roll has had to be reborn due to a homogenization of the art. One thing starts selling and every one jumps on board to try and ride the wave of money until it has been bled to death. The proverbial dead horse being kicked repeatedly. Think of it this way. The question is, “The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?” What kind of question is that, BOTH!!! That is what makes rock n roll, ROCK N ROLL! Every artist adding their part not every artist trying to be the same part. Elton will never be Zeppelin, The Kinks will never be Fleetwood Mac and we are all grateful for that. Because that is how it should be.
So when you get the chance to see “Pirate Radio” take it. Very inspiring and very true to the heart of rock n roll.
April 9th, 2010
So here we are in Charlotte. Walking. I’m having a hard time keeping up while blogging from my phone. Plus, I’m a little groggy from my pre-show nap.
…which is a strange habit I have recently acquired.
Whoops. Should have just got the door for the waitress instead of keeping my nose stuck in my phone. Anyway…
So here we are at Boudreaux’s Louisiana Kitchen and I’m about to order the Savory Bacon Phenoma-burger. Follow me on Twitter at @kevinstipe and I’ll let you know how awesome it is.
And, don’t worry. The pre-show napping will not take away from the face-melting rock and roll that will follow.
April 6th, 2010
So whilst getting my car up to date with inspections and registration I realize how similar my life is to this. Every so often I have to reinspect my life to make sure I am going in the right direction. Now, after my latest life inspection I believe I am going the right way but it is not the way I thought it would be when I was younger. Of course to be honest I thought I would be a mega rock star at twenty and when that didn’t happen I thought, “well twenty-five.” Then twenty five came and the dream kind of died a bit for me. It wasn’t after too long that I realized I can’t help it, it is in me. Music is what is in me! So here I am again registering to be a rock star! Now my inspection is done and I am back on the road again.
Life always throws curve balls or sometimes change-ups. You have to be ready for anything even if your not. Being in music sometimes feels a bit
March 19th, 2010
Lately I have been trying to write as much as I can; songs, music, just words, anything. Writing is like a muscle, when you don’t work it out, after a while it gets a little rusty and it seems easier to beat your head against a wall than to write one song. I tend to believe writing songs is very easy but also insanely difficult, at least for me. Every once in a while it all just clicks and comes together but most of the time it is a process. I am not talking about writing ideas or enough to call something a song, I am talking about completing a song in it’s entirety. Anyway, I have been feeling a bit down for a couple of months, actually maybe longer, because every time I sat down to write a song I would have nothing, no inspiration, no starting point, nothing. Actually some times I would feel very inspired and the minute I sat down with my guitar I was dead in the water. I would mull over the same thing over and over again and, honestly, just end up practicing scales or riffs, which was good because I became much better on my instrument because of it but my creative output was going down like a rocket ship. One day I was talking to Jen about my writing ability and she said, “You are out of practice, that’s all.” I know it sounds obvious but it hit me all of the sudden, I am! I used to write, on average, about three to four songs a month, now they weren’t all keepers but that is not the point. My writing muscle was huge and then it just fell out of practice. How could I have never thought of that, I was thinking that my creativity maybe had run out. But the simple reason that I was out of practice was no where to be found in my head. So I am working out again. I am just writing and writing and not even caring if it is the next big thing or just a throw away to get me to the next big thing. It is practicing my muscle.
March 18th, 2010
So, as fate would have it we are not going to LA just yet. This is very good news in light of how the situation has evolved. Mike Daly (the new producer) is coming here! And when I say here I mean he is flying from LA into Asheville NC to do pre-production with us in our house, The Enemy Lovers house. He’s also arriving in time to make it out to our show at Stella Blue on March 26. This is playing out better than we could have planned, as usual.
Originally we were planning to up and go to LA without ever having even met this new guy. Now looking back that seems crazy. But with all that has happened we thought it was just part of the roller coaster ride we have been riding since February! It didn’t feel right. It felt rushed, but it was rushed, so we were going with it. The original plan would have caused us to have to cancel four shows and miss Steven and I’s birthdays! We were supposed to fly to LA tomorrow, March 19 and spend just under two weeks in the studio, then fly home on April 1.
Then at the last minute it turns out that everyone was having scheduling difficulties. And when Jamie called me saying “keep your show at Stella Blue” and “we’ve made a new plan” I was instantly relieved. This means somehow we got the best of both worlds. We still get to do pre-production on our new music, we can still do our shows, and not even leave our families. Plus Mike will be able to see The Enemy Lovers live in our hometown glory. I couldn’t have asked or demised a plan better than the one in effect right now.
Funny thing is with our previous recording plan of ‘5 Days. 5 Songs.’ we had everybody involved with every phone call and every little detail. Now with all the new happenings no one has a clue. We’re a little gun shy to say the least. Now if you are coming to the show in at Stella Blue you will be involved like never before, there with us and our new producer. That will be the first time we meet him in person, with you. We are really excited about our new path and have high hopes! Thanks for reading this whole blog entry and thanks for being a fan.