I went to a wedding with my boyfriend, Jimmy, who also happens to be a huge Damnwells fan (more on that later). The wedding was nestled in the Rocky Mountains at the historic Stanley Hotel, where Stephen King wrote The Shining. Amidst the “spooky” tours and people in Teva’s was this small wedding gathering outside on the front lawn of the hotel. Gorgeous day, beautiful mountain backdrop, etcetera. It was a morning wedding, so after the ceremony we went into the hotel for a semi-delicious brunch (it seemed as though this was the first time the hotel had attempted wedding). I was having a nice time, enjoying the random surface level conversation that goes on at wedding tables full of strangers, when I was informed of the entertainment that was going to occur. The groom and his beautiful wife were huge fans of a semi-known band called the Damnwells. The songwriter/lead singer was flown out to Colorado to appear and perform at this quaint wedding. It was pretty simple really; just him, a microphone and an acoustic guitar. But it turned out to be one of the most magical performances I’ve been witness to. I’m not a huge crier, but towards the middle of each bridge (or whatever you call it), I just lost it! Maybe it was all the love in the room… there were beautiful old and young people dancing, babies being kissed, a little spat of rain outside. I started to promise Jimmy (and myself) that I wouldn’t cry during the next one, but as you would assume, happy tears fell again! His music was so wonderfully heart breaking that the couples dancing to the music were looking each other so deeply in the eyes that I thought I maybe should avert my eyes and not intrude on their moment. But then I too joined the dance floor and once again the music took over me. This time, no tears, just the most romantic feeling I’ve ever genuinely felt. As an instant addict to whatever this music was doing to me, I went back for more today and found the nicest message from the singer/songwriter on their website. I’ll add it below. We got to talking and I discovered he’s a working on becoming a fiction writer and is currently an accelerated rhetoric prof. at the Univ. of Iowa. He loves his wife and writes these beautiful songs. I realize I’ve really talked him up and you’ll expect to hear the most earth shattering amazing music if you do the free download. But it’s just really good. There, that’s all I can say. 🙂
As of February 10, 2009, we will be offering the new Damnwells record, One Last Century, for free download from the website. Click Here (opens in new window) to download the record for free.
A few words regarding this free record.
I suppose the hardest thing to explain to people is why I’m giving this record away. “You’re just going to give it away?” seems antithetical to the human brain. “Is this just a bunch of b-sides or something? Some ‘give away’ material you don’t mind releasing into the ether?” No. Quite the contrary. I have never worked so hard or put so much of myself into a collection of recorded songs. It is for just this reason that I want to give it away. To me it makes perfect sense. I just want people to hear this music, and I don’t want them to have to enter into some kind of contractual agreement with a third party to do so. Download the record, copy it and give it to your friends, lovers, and enemies. Whatever. It’s so hard these days just to get the actual music into people’s houses and cars, let alone their ears. Besides, I know everyone’s broke, maybe I can supply the soundtrack. So, I just want to give this music away because I want people to hear it. I should have done this years ago. I’m starting over.