I couldn’t be more excited to announce that last Friday I passed the 50,000 word mark for the novel that I’ve been playing with on and off for the last five or so years. There’s a long way to go and most of what is written out is rough and will need a great deal of revision, but I’m happier with it than anything I’ve ever done.
Each night before I work on it, I go through my records to pick out just the right albums to listen to while writing. I’ve been listening to almost exclusively instrumental post-rock these days, but last week I was looking for something a little different and found Sleeping at Last, a band I first stumbled on in high school. Out of Wheaton, Illinois, SAL was originally a four-piece indie/emo/garage band. Thanks to my friend James I have their first ep, released in 1999. It’s a bit rough and not the best recording, but I still love it. It was on repeat throughout my senior year. Sometime that year I was fortunate enough to be able to see them open for The Appleseed Cast at some small club in the suburbs and they both blew me away.
I ended up more or less forgetting about SAL until I stumbled upon them again in 2009, having no idea they were still around. They’d been quite busy in those 10 years – putting out their own full-length in 2000 that Billy Corgan took a liking to, after which they signed to a major label for their second record in 2003. They put out two more independent releases in 2006 and 2009 – 2009’s Storyboards is where I met up with them again, listening to it over and over.
On Februry 11, 2010 I was able to see them again, this time with a string section at Lincoln Hall in Chicago. Is an incredible show that included a marriage proposal, Normally at that point in my life I would’ve rolled my eyes at such a thing, especially being so close to Valentine’s Day and all, but with the great crowd and venue and performance, it was simply a wonderful moment. I have no idea who those two people are, but I hope they’re still together and happy. It’s a little dark, but here’s my video of it:[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUJJS7iaTAQ%5D
Anyway, SAL has since become the one-man project of Ryan O’Neal and he has continually put out great songs. Here’s a favorite by the band, which they performed after the above proposal.[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9KsrhAuCdw%5D
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