It’s rejuvenating to have R.E.M. back in the spotlight with media press events, interviews etc. They are working to promote the 25th Anniversary deluxe reissue of their break through Out of Time recording. The video segment Michael Stipe conducted with Willie Geist NBC’s Sunday:TODAY was instrumental in understanding how Michael Stipe visualizes the captivating lyrics he has created to the songs he illustrates.
“I don’t hear music I see it. My job as a lyricist is to close my eyes and hear the peaks and the valleys, see the landscapes the vista that the band has created sonically. I then have to create a story.” Micheal Stipe does this better than any lyricist I have heard in my lifetime.
I am jazzed Michael wants to work in music again. He is starting by producing “SIR” an album by the electroclash group, Fischerspooner.
R.E.M. published their “collective” and individual sentiments about ending R.E.M. as a “band” on their Web site today. I wasn’t surprised to see their announcement when the news appeared in my Facebook stream. I have anticipated a major fundamental change from the members of R.E.M. ever since they released Collapse Into Now.
Personally as a 30+ year fan, I am grateful for their music and activism accomplishments. I am genuinely excited for Michael Stipe, Peter Buck and Mike Mills individual future growth however they each define that.
R.E.M.’s Collective Statement
“To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.” R.E.M.
As a couple who have been very moved by your art, we extend our deepest regards to all the members of R.E.M., past and present, for making the music of our heart enriched and full.
You have taught us that:
We offer in return with affection (taking liberties with one of your lyric stanzas…)
It’s the beginning of their next phase, as they grow it
And I feel fine!
Playing my new music gift, thanks Rosemary (((Hugs))). Loving what I am hearing and feeling.
Reading about the new R.E.M. Collapse Into Now, track by track review here, http://goo.gl/JLNCP
Special guest stars include Patti Smith,Lenny Kaye, Eddie Vedder, Peaches, and Joel Gibb.
Especially enjoying that the band has commissioned a short film for each track, I love art rock. http://goo.gl/rxa94