This is your older brother talking here. Not your blood brother, but your musical brother. Sometimes one is more important than the other and vice versa.
A huge talent you are. But I heard about what’s going on with you. not good word on the street obviously. And I know you know that, so I’m not going to harp on it. Instead I wanted to offer advice and consolation from the bleachers because I’m a big fan.
The response to nothing is cohesive has been great so far. all the people in the biz that have advance copies think we have really created our masterpiece. I don’t think that yet. I think that’s still to come. But people really like it. if response to swy was what the hell is that???!!! response to NIC has been wow that’s good!!!
And obviously the same can be said for swy as well since we have had a lot of great opportunities come our way since its release six months ago.
Just try to remember this. we recorded swy and NIC as a band of guys who got together and made great music together. its your classic VH1 story, except we aren’t super successful yet. But we are getting to go on some great tours because of our hard work and we are now about to release a real single to commercial radio. I know you don’t know what that means yet, but what it means is that INDIE bands aren’t allowed to release singles to commercial radio. Those doors are usually closed. But somehow they are opening up to us because people believe in what we have created, indie or not.
The point is dear brother that as a band we recorded two great albums together and now we are reaping some small rewards for our effort.
You too are being rewarded for it. the tours were offered to you too. they were offered to all of us who made that album. And that’s an amazing thing. just because you chose not to take the rewards doesn’t mean that they aren’t yours to glory in and celebrate. They are. I still say that the combination of you me and Father Bloopy is an amazing thing. and now that we have Rockaway in the band, I feel even better about the band. Although sloppy, he is creative talented and has a great spirit. And boy oh boy is it a pleasure to play with the Poet again~!!!!!! The guy is fucking great!
The point is this: you chose as a man to take refuge in the security of being a side man rather than the risk of being honored for your great work as a creator. We have a real shot now in the next six months here and abroad to show the world that we are a great band of brilliant creators. It truly is an honor. And we really miss the opportunity to enjoy it with you.
But you are choosing instead to step back into the shadow of some guy you barely know and who could give two shits about you instead of the warm and open arms of your comrades.
I honor though do not understand your decision. So I’m not trying to talk you out of it. its you and your life’s decisions and I understand your desire to go big time. but I’ll tell you this: as soon as someone starts offering you ultimatums about how you should be and who you should be, run fast. your self respect is everything. and this situation is starting to remind me of the guy who dumps the girl but takes her back only if she will make a bunch of changes that she really can’t make so there is no love left but they try anyway to make it work…. etc.. that never works. both parties end up feeling like losers in the end. so watch for more to come…