Saturday, March 27, 2010

marching/flying on

i am still awaiting the release of saint bartlett. soon. may 25th. i am excited and also anxious. it's wanting both, to go out and promote it and also stay at home. it's not how things work though. i'm going to be completely honest. over this past year, i wanted to hang this up. at least the going out into the world part. it was a lot that caused this. my deep growing love and devotion to my son, who is getting older. we have conversations all the time. he understands more. we teach each other new things daily. any day that i am not near him, is heart breaking. "the other part of me" is absent. he is encouraging in my pursuit of music.. well, so long as it's done at home. understandable. another thing that made me consider a change was the joy i felt being in the studio with richard swift. for the first time in my years of playing music, i felt able to really look at the songs for the first time. this is kind of vague. i am not even sure how i begin to explain it. picture a bird, for the first time walking on the edge of a tree limb and jumping. the bird's wings open as it is diving towards the ground, and just before it hits the ground, with the help of his own wings, he is taken to the sky. does this make sense? freedom. it's how i felt about the new songs. about the songs that i have still been writing. about my time in the studio with richard. about my time with him, talking about music and playing records. seeing his un dying devotion to his family and his music career. i left the studio no longer feeling "outside" or apart from other well known songwriters. i now see myself beside them. arm in arm. or at least near them. so here i am now. standing in this line. mentioned in the same breathe as those other musicians. considered a legend of my own time. i don't think that. some in the press said it. i'm fine with it. ...where am i going here? i guess it's to say, that i'm happy about my future and the songs. it's just getting out the front door first. or making it to the edge of the tree limb, to make a flying leap.

11 comments:

stephy said...

So glad to hear it. You are a legend!

necro said...

Priorities first. Your albums are all I really need.

Stewart said...

I hope you don't quit touring, but family always comes first. I saw you in Tucson last year, and it was one one of the best concerts of my life.

Matthew E. Chapin said...

Stoked for the new record, dude. If you end up promoting it I'll take you and Sarah out for grub between sets!

Campbell said...

Your music has had a huge impact on how I see things around me and I hope you continue to make beautiful music.

Oliver said...

MR. Jurado,
It was awesome to hear the Arkansas shout out on your new album, however, since you never actually come to Arkansas, just stay home and make music and relax with your son. I'll continue to pre-order and buy your music.

We want you happy, healthy and making awesome music until we all die....you folk, indie, songwriting GOD, you ;)

Josh said...

Yo Damien, just thought i stop by to say the new album is amazing! Thanks for putting it out early through the pre order. I think its really one of the best things you've ever done. Thanks again! Hope to see you in Philly again soon.

racingpaperplanes said...

That gave me a lot of comfort, Damien, going through the same stuff you mention. Not that I tour much now but I feel the same way about raising my kids and trying to be a good father/struggling musician. I have pretty much stopped playing live but hope to be able to put out records in the future.

You can't really stop making music, belive me I've tried, so just stay true and keep putting out your beatiful songs and we'll all be happy! /Fellow bird Richard

Travis Whitty said...

I've often wondered what folks like you and David Bazan do to prepare yourselves for a tour that physically sets you on a journey apart from your family. Thank you for sharing said thoughts, and thank you for new songs. See you in Milwaukee soon.

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bigsmithdude said...

hopefully, your son learns to appreciate all of the good things that music and songwriting can offer. keep making records cause we will keep buying them! :)