The Blue Million
The Blue Million
We played the songs endlessly, rehearsing for nearly a year before even booking a gig. Kelly eventually took us into a proper studio to do our first real demos. He also, thankfully, talked my father into purchasing a cassette eight track recorder for me, which I began using incessantly to do full-band arrangements at home of new songs that seemed to materialize daily. Inevitably, I grew a little tired of our super poppy sound and began attempting to write material that reflected more of my life (washing dishes, reading hand-me-down philosophy books, ingesting substances), resulting in a slightly odd and (admittedly) forced combination of Jane’s Addiction and the Beatles, with a little Rush thrown in by complete accident.
We continued recording these opuses in Stephen’s bedroom, exploring the options while trying to keep the unit together. After several different approaches and directions failed to manifest anything very promising in the way of a record deal, the band began to fall apart. Various members decided to go back to the academic life and I decided for the first time that I should go it alone. In retrospect, the wildly careening musical trajectory of the BM is very reflective of young men going through the musical equivalent of puberty, raging, pouting, making inside jokes, all within the course of a three and a half minute pop song." "THE BLUE MILLION, Version 2.0 (1994-1995) After the dissolution of the original Blue Million, I was introduced by a mutual friend to an individual who was starting an independent label in Orlando, Fl.
Things were sluggish in Nashville, so I decided that conquering the world grassroots style from Florida out might be a great idea. My friend Ross Lester and I moved to Orlando and recorded an EP featuring acoustic guitar and percussion versions of my songs (it was the early ‘90’s, remember?). We gigged incessantly around Florida in my 1977 VW Camper Van and were generally broke and dissatisfied. I recall turning 21, holding eleven different day jobs that year and hitting rock bottom so many times that my knees looked like grapefruits." Read more on Last.fm.
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