February 19th, 2010

While my guitar gently bleeds. (at Workplay Theatre)

So the show at Workplay (Birmingham AL) was absolutely amazing!  The energy of the place this past Wednesday night was engaging.  If it had to end, “Love You Live” was the best way to end something that was becoming so great.  Live 100.5 played our music when most other stations stuck in the bureaucracy of the industry would never even listen to it because they have no control over what they play on air.  Like it or not!  And when the fans started responding to our song ‘Coming Down’ in Birmingham Alabama, Live 100.5 played it even more!  We were honored to have been a part of this show.  And thank the people at Live 100.5 for everything they did and were trying to do.  It’s sad to see it go.

Now I must have lost myself in the energy of the night because half way through our set I looked down and most of my hand was covered in blood!  I noticed it because I saw splatters on the Workplay stage and I freaked out for a second in my head when I looked at my bloody hand and blood splattered on my guitar.  We started our set with ‘Feel It’.  It was feeling good, no pun intended.  Then we went into ‘Circles’ one of my personal favorite songs to play live.  People were singing the oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-ohs with us and I may have already started bleeding by this point but I hadn’t noticed yet.  Then after Circles we went into a Johnny Cash cover of ‘God’s Gonna Cut You Down’.  That just pushed everything over the top.  The band was tearing this song up!!!  After we finished I notice the blood spots on the stage, then my guitar then I look at my hand and I’m like holy S@%$!  I’m bleeding!  A pretty good bit too.  I had done this once before while we were filming the music video last month so I didn’t completely lose it but I was (as un-rock and roll as it is) a little concerned!  The show must go on and I didn’t feel light headed so I took the band into ‘Enemies’.  A very appropriate song to bleed to, I think.  The whole song I’m thinking about my finger though so I end up not getting into it at all.  But between ‘Enemies’ and our new song ‘Light Up Pt. 1′ I bring up to the crowd the fact that I cut my finger on my guitar somehow and then I suddenly I felt better.  Now I’m feeling like some cool punk historical moment type thing with blood everywhere.  It’s like Sid Vicious stuff!  Then we started into our new song ‘Light Up Pt. 1′ on a completely different plane then we ever had before, bleeding and singing!  We ended our set with ‘Coming Down’ which I reminded the crowd they used to play on 100.5 last year but then stopped for some reason not by any fault of them!  They all laughed with us and then sang the song that they used to sing with the radio right there with us live at Workplay Theatre.  Love You Live and bleeding.  To everyone that was there thank you for supporting the music!

February 7th, 2010

Field of Dreams

Did you ever see Field of Dreams?  I just watched it again recently and how amazing is that movie?!  I feel like it is a perfect example of our lives.  First off, we may not all hear voices although to a degree they usually try and hospitalize you for that but we all have something we want to do.  Something either we are doing, want to do, or forgot that we want to do it.  Either way it is there but it is very frightening to go after it.  Sometimes we get so used to continuing on day after day in a job that was never supposed to be a career just something to pay the bills until whatever it was you really wanted to do could pay the bills that now it is so routine our “Field of Dreams” gets long forgotten.  On the other hand sometimes we went after our “Field of Dreams” for so long but it never panned out and the misery of never truly doing what we really wanted to do forces us into a routine of just paying bills.  There is so many reasons to give up on your dreams or what you really want to do and take on the “make money to spend money” perspective.  I am also not just talking about sports or music or acting, I am talking about anything.  Dreams don’t have to be artsy or involve being famous.  I am talking about doing whatever makes you lay down at night and think, I love my life!

No doubt if you have tried or are trying or want to try and live your dreams, you will start with an amazing feeling of excitement mixed with “nothing will go wrong” and it will last for a while, but at some point the reality sets in.  I am not against the reality but it can be a huge buzz kill at some times.  In the movie after he follows the voice or his metaphoric dream he lives for a while in the excitement of the new and then nothing happens.  To me this was such a true part of the movie for me.  I have tried time and again to live out my dream and after the excitement wears off and it feels like it is going nowhere, give up.  It seems a lot of the time I have given up.  Not necessarily because it was too hard, maybe more of the reason was because I thought it was not panning out.  I thought it was the door shutting in my face.  Maybe some of the time it was but everything is a chain reaction.  Most of the time living out your dream is birthed out of what seems mundane and boring and sometimes just normal.  It is all a road to get you to the point where your dreams are becoming a reality.

I don’t want to give away the movie if you haven’t seen it but go watch it, especially if you desire to live out your dreams and are in need of inspiration. There are always storms, there are always times of misunderstanding but don’t quit.  Don’t give up.  Most likely you are right on the verge of what you have wanted for a long time.

At least that is how it has been for me…

steven.

February 7th, 2010

I asked my mother in law who was playing in the super bowl and she answered, “The Who”. I love that answer!

I really had no idea who was playing in the super bowl this year!  My question was actually intended to find out what football teams were playing and when she answered with “The Who” I busted out laughing and told her that was the best answer I’ve ever heard.  And I already knew The Who was playing the super bowl!  That stuff I know, but I still don’t know what teams played or who won…

Anyways, Super Bowl Sunday is always a good excuse to drink beer and eat buffalo wings with good friends…and that’s enough for me.

The commercials probably weren’t great, again.

February 6th, 2010

DAY 5 – The last day…or just the beginning?

We have now completed all 5 days and have no recordings to show for it!  Who would have guessed that the first time we heavily advertise our recording experience and invited you all to join us it would end in complete disarray.  Even the first and only song we worked on while in the studio for a day and a half became the theme song for the whole experience.  (You can hear a preview of that rough demo in a video called “Falling Skies – The Drive DAY 1 of 5″.  We filmed this on the way to Atlanta with no idea of what was about to happen!)  Nothing went as planned this week but something has begun.  We saw the end of some things but also feel something just beginning.  It feels like The Enemy Lovers (as in just Steven and I) is no more and The Enemy Lovers (as in the whole band) has emerged out of this disaster.  We went into the studio in Atlanta as Tim and Steven recording music with Dan Hannon for The Enemy Lovers to us coming home to a band made up of more than just two brothers.  Although we have been playing live as The Enemy Lovers for almost a year now it has always been vague as to who we were.  A band or just two brothers?  We’ve not known what plans to make or not make trying to find our way through a music industry of mines.  We have tried to stay “flexible” in hopes of I don’t know what.  But a band had developed over this past year and now we see that we didn’t see it until the abrupt end in our professional relationship with our producer.  When we lost that safety net we began to see what had been developing here the whole time.  It’s our house now.  The Enemy Lovers house!  This is the band.  We make music.  We are now recording new demos and meeting with new producers.  Much is to come of this dreadfully beautiful week!

*FULL BAND BIO COMING SOON. Also look for blogs from every member of The Enemy Lovers.  Follow each of us on twitter.

**We have a NEW MUSIC VIDEO coming out very soon for ‘Coming Down’!  (I just saw the first edit and it is shocking how cool it looks.)  Look for more info on that premier.

February 4th, 2010

The Enemy Lovers House | Day 4 – (5/5 Blog)

Today was Day 4 in our “5 Days. 5 Songs.”  venture and we have been recording new music as planned, kind of…

As you have probably read in our blog we are no longer in Atlanta recording with Dan Hannon.  We came home late Tuesday night after a bittersweet symphony of events.  It’s hard to explain what really happened, and a different story could probably be told from each perspective.  After a day reflecting on the situation all I can conclude is that everything got to a point where it could not be resolved.  A decision was made and things changed.  We are now home in Asheville, NC recording new music in The Enemy Lovers house.  This week is very different than you or I had imagined.  It’s been a revolutionary four days.

Steven and I spent this morning setting up our rehearsal space to record.  Being in the studio in Atlanta and then having it end so abruptly misplaced all of these creative juices that got stirred up in us.  We were having all of these ideas that needed a place to go.  So at around 12:30 we started tracking ‘Falling Skies’, again.  Ironically we still spent the day recording but in a completely different space and it’s actually turning out amazing.  We are very excited about how it is feeling and for me, how it is singing.  And fyi, Steven played some ridiculous guitar parts that I cannot wait for you to hear!

Sometimes I wonder if I knew exactly how an event would turn out would I even chose to still go through it.  Maybe it’s our not knowing that keeps us hoping.  These unavoidable personal/business conflicts make us decide who we are or who we want to be.  We make decisions and change things but things ultimately work out.  We’re all humans in between.  Despite all that has happened this week Steven and I are feeling good about where we are now as compared to where we were last week at this time.  Very good.  But still a little sad.