Seven years late, but I finally fixed the cover art for Phoenix online. The original upload compressed weird, making it more teal. It now matches the physical copies. I then counted how many original tracks we've released as The Classic Crime. The number is 75 (not counting acoustic versions or live recordings). 15 years as a band, and the sum total output is 75 recordings. 5 songs per year. It seems like a low number in hindsight, and recognizing this really makes this next batch I'm writing feel more important (pressure). I then listened to our album Vagabonds, which is 9 years old this month. I winced, laughed, elated, and even welled up with some tears. It's the weirdest mixture of embarrassment and pride, feeling like I didn't know enough back then, but how that also helped me. The lyrical themes on Vagabonds were about getting older, accumulating life lessons and distilling them into metaphors about gratitude and living simply. I was 26. Granted, we'd seen a lot by that age, and some of that wisdom is precocious, but I also can't help but think "You're in for some more storms, kid." Anyways, just wanted to share some thoughts as I was feeling nostalgic. Back to work. Cheers, Matt
Going live to write on Twitch https://www.twitch.tv/theclassicmatt
Going live on twitch soon! https://www.twitch.tv/theclassicmatt/
GOING LIVE ON TWITCH FOR THE FIRST TIME (we dont know what we're doing yet) - 5 minutes: https://www.twitch.tv/theclassicmatt
Ongoing debate: If we wanted to quit all this monopolized machine learning social media, what's the best decentralized app to use? Minds? Mastadon? Thought about Discord, but ugh. I'm pretty sure they own the data as it's on their servers. "Go where the people are" rings in the background, but as social media becomes more decentralized, it's hard to know where to go. Need blockchain mass adoption!
I'm loving these living room shows because they each seem novel and unique. The performance is never the same, and the setlist will never be replicated exactly. The rooms and the groups of people are different each time. In an age where things seem more and more permanent online, the spontaneous nature of these intimate live events feels more valuable than ever. Boise tomorrow and then we're done. Thanks to everyone who came out!
A little podcast on songwriting and what's going on right now, with me, Matt. Cheers to you. https://soundcloud.com/trollspodcast/episode-112-songwriting-conspiracies-matt-macdonald-with-bros-bibles-beer