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These past couple of nights I fell asleep listening to Erase This like I used to in high school. (Well not last night. I got four hours. Just like high school, actually.) I hadn’t listened to it in ages though it was still constantly in the back of my mind as my favorite album. As I lay in my dorm room, everything came back to me. The heartbreak and the boys I thought I was in love with and the girls I was afraid to think of and the skipping school and the desire to run away from it all or else curl up in a stairwell at the back of the building and just sleep for the next couple of periods.
I remember Alan once said that everything that needed to happen for the album came together at the exact right moment. And how that wouldn’t happen again, as the people who made it all run in different circles now. But Erase This also came to me at the exact right time. I didn’t listen to it in its entirety until I got a free download over Thanksgiving break in 2010.
I was barely 17 and lonely and uncomfortable and sad and cold as the external monitor I needed to use with my old iBook G4 was a giant thing that sat on a desk in the basement. Basements in November in Upstate New York are cold. And then I heard Erase This and it was like everything I was feeling had been transferred to an mp3 file. I burned it onto a disc and played it in my old cd player every night as I lay in bed.
It’s weird talking about an album like this because while I love music, I don’t love it in the sense that other people do. I’ve been playing in ensembles since I was 8 years old so my view on it is a lot more theoretical than others. I don’t like talking about it in obvious terms of feeling, but in terms of technique that convey the feeling. Like the final decrescendo in Elegy for a Young American. I can say that and someone who has played that piece knows exactly what I’m trying to say. But I was in love with Erase This. I even had this big plan to make a video series, one episode per song. I printed out the lyrics and would scribble ideas on them during math class.
Alan’s said that he kind of doubt he’ll ever be able to achieve anything as wonderful as Erase This and I kind of agree. To me, it’s perfect. Even after not listening to it for a year. I can still greet Killswitch Kevin as an old friend.
Almost 5,000 people downloaded Erase This for free when I offered it on Thanksgiving Day 2010. I hope there are 4,999 more stories like this out there. The only reason I make music is to connect with others. I know how important certain songs or certain albums are to me. And I always hope the music I make can be that for someone else. Which is why I sell my own music for so cheap (Erase This CD + DVD Deluxe Edition is only $6 on dftba.com), and occasionally offer the entire album for free download, so everyone has access. Because everyone should be friends with Killswitch Kevin.
there’s playing piano, which is difficult
there’s ragtime piano, which involves difficult techniques and at its best involves lots of improvisations on a theme
then there’s stride piano, which involves no sheet music and is fully improvised along a basic melody and chord progression
then there’s stride piano duet, which involves no sheet music and is fully improvised along a basic melody and progression AND YOU CAN’T SEE YOUR DUET PARTNER’S BODY LANGUAGE
basically this is magic
oh my god
so is it’s like “lets play and hope for the best”?
THIS IS STRESSING ME OUT
I HAVE SERIOUS STRIDE PIANO FEELS. It’s sooooo goood. Anyone who liked this even vaguely should go check out Art Tatum.
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