Tonight my band played in McCalla, Alabama. I twittered about this earlier, but now I’ve got some pics to prove this is really real. First thing, I walk into the venue arond 4PM, and the first guy I meet gives me a big ol’ aunt hug, only thing missing was a wet kiss on the cheek. It was quite adorable actually, and only slightly awkward. Then, there’s a cop doing sound, and then I go outside and notice that all the kids got frisked by cops on their way through the gate; definitely a first for The Fold, but they didn’t seem to mind. The more I learned about these folk, the more I understood why they needed to be patted down. All in all, I think Birmingham has rightfully earned it’s rep tonight.
The line “I could be happy here” really struck me today as I sit here in the van. Isn’t that the question we all need to continually ask ourselves? Could I be happy RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW - or do I need to make a change? Mull it over, you know where I’ll be…
SKIING IS BELIEVING Tour w/ The Fold, Eleventyseven, The Wedding and Ocean Is Theory Feb 16 2009 Dallas, Texas Feb 18 2009 San Antonio, Texas Feb 20 2009 Houston, Texas Feb 21 2009 Clinton, Mississippi Feb 22 2009 Mobile, Alabama Feb 23 2009 Panama City, Florida Feb 24 2009 Jacksonville, Florida Feb 25 2009 Columbus, Georgia Feb 26 2009 Macon, Georgia Feb 27 2009 McCalla, Alabama Feb 28 2009 Marietta, Georgia Mar 2 2009 Nashville, Tennessee Mar 3 2009 Johnson City, Tennessee Mar 4 2009 Greenville, South Carolina
MARCH N2 MADNESS Tour w/ Showbread, The Fold, Deas Vail, White Collar Slideshow Mar 6 2009 Houston, Texas Mar 7 2009 Burleson, Texas Mar 8 2009 Claremore, Oklahoma Mar 9 2009 Springfield, Missouri Mar 10 2009 Fort Smith, Arkansas Mar 11 2009 East Ridge, Tennessee Mar 12 2009 Marietta, Georgia Mar 13 2009 Jacksonville, Florida Mar 14 2009 Greensboro, North Carolina Mar 15 2009 Crofton, Maryland Mar 17 2009 Allentown, Pennsylvania Mar 18 2009 Cleveland, Ohio Mar 19 2009 Terre Haute, Indiana Mar 20 2009 South Bend, Indiana Mar 21 2009 Grand Rapids, Michigan Mar 23 2009 Nashville, Tennessee Mar 26 2009 W Columbia, South Carolina Mar 27 2009 McCalla, Alabama Mar 28 2009 Clearwater, Florida
“We are all, at heart, gradualists, our expectations set by the steady passage of time. But the world of the Tipping Point is a place where the unexpected becomes expected, where radical change is more than a possibility. It is - contrary to all our expectations - a certainty.”—Malcolm Gladwell
A movie so crass, and awkardly cast, that even I could be the star...
I woke up with this lyric from a Shins song called “Pink Bullets” dancing around my head. I love this band, I think they’re doing everything right. I heard somewhere (and you won’t find any mention of this on their wiki page, perhaps I should add it in?) that they had all but given up on their dream toward the later half of the 90’s. Back then, they had a bit of a more raw, punk rock sound (didn’t we all???) I believe they were called Flake. Anyway, the band went on a long hiatus, not because they didn’t love it, probably more because they thought they had to “join the real world” or something. The most depressing words a true musician can ever hear. (J.M. knows there is no such thing)
The story I heard was that the singer called up his dudes one day and said something to the effect of, “Come on guys, we GOTTA give this one more shot.” So they all agreed, they would give it one more shot. From the ashes of Flake, The Shins took shape in 1997 - same members, different instruments, different approach, culled from nearly a decade of playing together. Something happens when you step back, re-focus, re-evaluate, prioritize. Well, the rest is kinda… history.