November 29, 2012
I have been kicking around the the idea of writing a blog for our “Last Call” tour since we announced it but have been procrastinating at getting around to it. It’s hard to sum up the past 8 years in a couple of paragraphs. I don’t know how to fully articulate all those jumbled memories in my head but here goes;
I’ve had a lot of time to think the past couple weeks. The calm before the storm. Playing back all these moments in my life. Moments that, at the time, I had no idea would alter the course of my life in the best way possible.
I feel like the luckiest guy in the world. My goals in life when I graduated high school were to make a record that I believed in, go on tour, and maybe someday, if we were lucky, get to be on the Vans Warped tour. Now, all these years later, I’m amazed and humbled at the opportunities our band has been blessed with. We were 5 kids in a garage who got lucky. It’s more than luck though. We’ve had amazing people who believed in us. People who took chances on us. Invested in us. People who kept us from getting too discouraged when we were struggling to get from show to show. People who let us crash at their houses or made us food when we were living on pocket change. Friends who would write us letters and let us know that they were feeling like we felt when we wrote a song. I guess that’s the thing that really sticks with me. I always just wanted our music to help people because so many bands did that for me.
The more I think about Every Avenue, I realize that it wasn’t just the 5 of us. We became a makeshift family. Picking up new brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts and uncles in each new city. It was a traveling circus. Even typing that makes my heart feel full. As we’re gearing up for this last run, I can’t help but feel like it’s going to be a family reunion. A bittersweet, overwhelming, drunken family reunion.
I guess the bottom line of this post is to say thank you. Thank you to everyone who was a part of the madness. You will never know the depth of gratitude I will have toward you. Music is a powerful force and I’m happy for all the people it’s brought into my life.
We will be shooting a mini-documentary on this tour with our friend Bryan Buchelt for anyone who is unable to make it out to the last tour or anyone who just wants to experience the shit show from home and relive the memories. We’re also playing one of the most important venues in the world to me. A little VFW hall in my home town of Port Huron where music started for me called the Noruh Grotto. It’s where we played our first shows and it only felt right to end this tour there. There’s so many places we wish we could play one last time but unfortunately we can’t. If you’re unable to catch a show, we’re playing a Stageit show on Dec 2nd. Hope you guys can check it out and chat with us.
I feel like I have so much more to say but can’t fully formulate my thoughts right now and we’re about to start rehearsal. I apologize for getting all sappy and nostalgic but I feel like these things need to be said.
Thank you for letting me take my chances, live my dreams, make my mistakes, grow up with you and play our music. It’s been a wild ride. I can’t wait to see you all to thank you in person.
All the love in my heart,
See you soon!
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this is awesome… I play guitar in Every Avenue.. and the only other one is Josh.. me and Josh were drinking whiskey in a movie theatre in the middle of nowhere Indiana tonight … so unfortunately we were not sitting on anybody’s lap at a DRUGS show.. but commendable to whoever pretended to be one of us and pretty damn funny! kudos!
So I’m just sitting on a chair at the DRUGS show and this really cute guy comes up to me. He says, “You tryin’ to save some room here or what?” and I was like, “Sit down, I insist!” and his cute friend sits on my lap. (not complaining)
My friends and I went over to the bar like 2 minutes after…
Haha I can vouche for Jimmie. He was sitting on MY lap tonight.
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This is amazing. I need a snorkeling buddy.
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Philly was so much fun!
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I think it’s a hit…
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