A few days ago, Sean Adams (from Drowned In Sound) shared a link on Facebook to an A-Trak article on Huffington Post about what was good and missed from Myspace. And everything he listed in that article were all things that hit home with me (and probably anyone who once experienced the excitement and community that existed on Myspace back before it lost its way). But one thing that he didn't mention that I miss (and probably because he couldn't of known) was how everytime A Singer Of Songs would post a new song on his Myspace page, he would accompany it with a great little blog post about the story behind the song.
But once Myspace died and we all left, those A Singer Of Songs stories were one of the things that died with it. Until recently that is. We may have lost the ability for an artist to easily have everything about their music conveniently in one place… but with a little extra work (and with a few different services) it is still possible. So now, A Singer Of Songs can post a new track on his Soundcloud page and do a blog post on his Tumblr (and add upcoming shows to Songkick), and then all of these things can be pulled into his Facebook BandPage tab. I guess when you type that out loud, it is quite a bit more complicated than it should be.
But at least it means we can still read the back stories behind his music, because the one behind 'Into The Storm' is one of the more touching ones. It involves a son and a father and a trumpet. Here's a snippet:
"Five months later, this is the first aSoS recording with my new best brass friend. In the meanwhile my father has gotten himself a new trumpet and has started playing again after more than fifty years of silence. Circles should be closed. If not, they are just crooked lines."
But go read the full thing on his Tumblr (or on the 'Blog' tab of his Facebook BandPage). It's a lovely song on its own, but the story behind it makes it lovelier.