I’m listening to the Death Cab for Cutie “Plans” album today. I realize that I was heavily influenced by this album while writing Eat Dirt. I was in all sorts of places in the one year that it took to finish it. Both emotionally and physically. I think I moved around NY about 4 times. Around the time that I wrote I wonder and Company, I was living in a place that I hated so much. I never wanted to leave my apartment because there were so many people outside. People selling things. I would get jostled and pushed around, even if I wanted to go to the store on the corner. I was so vulnerable at that time. So scared. At night I used to play the plans album on repeat while going to sleep, and would let it play through the night. It soothed me.
I like really like his writing style. It’s very lyric heavy, like he’s literally telling me a story And yet, I never get tired of it. It’s sort of like, when you were a little kid, you had your favorite story, and you could listen to it every night. I remember we had these story tapes as a kid we used to listen to while falling asleep. Or mom or dad, or my big brother would read to us. Or like watching your favorite cartoon as a kid. I could watch the same one over and over again. I guess music now is doing the same thing for me. Cuz I could never watch the same movie back to back! I remember the last time I loved a movie enough to do that it was the first time I watched Much Ado About Nothing. For some reason I loved that movie to death. I watched it so many times.
I love how in the “Plans” album, the songs seamlessly flow from one to the next. I’m going to try that one day.

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  1. I love stories like that. I think we all have that album that gives us comfort. It’s like an aural blanket; a hug, if you will. For me, it’s Maxwell’s first album. There’s something so layered about that album. It relaxes me, yet invigorates me at the same time. I haven’t ever listened to the DCFC album, but maybe I should.

    You know, i’d love to have you on my radio show sometime soon to talk about your Subway record, as well as the record company switch, the name change back to your birth name, and what you’re planning now; maybe play a couple of the old songs, or (if I had a copy of them) a new one. I included my email and website in my information area above. I’d love to hear from you and for you to be on the show! It’s live, every Thursday at 9 p.m. Eastern (I’m in upstate NY).

    Look forward to hearing from you. Godspeed.

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