Love and the Occupation is being released for free over the internet. It’s being released one track at a time. And I think it could use some explaining. I love numbered lists. Indulge me.
- Let’s be clear. This is a quirky album. I don’t expect everyone to like this. But I think that there is a collection of people out there who will like it, maybe even love it. If that’s you, or if you know who those folks are, please share it.
- This album was conceived before the Occupy Movement started. I was struck by the word “Occupation” and all of it’s various meanings, not least of all what occupies our time, our work, our attention, our lives. And at the center of all that: what occupies our hearts. I started putting it together in Spring of 2011, worked on a few parts over the summer and ran around with a bunch of other projects I was excited about. Halfway through Fall of 2011, as the Occupy Movement was sweeping the world, I suddenly realized that both the name and the subject matter shared a lot in common, and if I were to ever make this album, the time was now. Still, Love and the Occupation is not intended as an anthem, if you will, for the movement. It is not directly about that movement, but I think it has many themes that add to that particular conversation.
- It’s my first album. While I’ve been writing and making music for years, this is the first time I recorded (much less mixed, produced, etc.) anything. And I did it all on an iPad in about 2 and half months during whatever borrowed time I could find amidst the rest of my full and busy life. While that serves as a nice excuse for anything unpolished, I’m actually quite pleased with the result. This is the album I set out to make. Of course, a professional studio and sound engineer would be really nice….
I’m sure I’ll have plenty more to say about it all, but this covers the basics for now. Thank you for reading. Thank you for listening. Thank you for sharing. This has been a lot of fun.
Lyrics are actually embedded into the mp3s that you download of each track. Still, I’ve been asked to post them, so now there’s a lyrics page.