I know this isn’t me talking about what I think a song means, nor is it exactly Dispatch but it’s relevant I swear.
Last night I went to the State Radio show in Rochester, NY. I volunteered with Calling All Crows and helped to get people to sign a petition for Respect Marriage Act and a repeal of DOMA. (You can check out the campaign’s website here http://mecampaign.org/1138) The show itself was amazing, opening up with “Mr. Larkin” and playing “Fall of the American Empire” into Biz Markie’s “Just a Friend.” I was having a great time, talking to people about the petition and jamming to State Radio that alone was awesome. During the show, Chad says my name giving me a special thanks, which again was amazing.
After helping Sybil pack up the table, Chad, Chuck and Mike were talking to fans and signing merchandise. On my way out, I waited patiently to just say hey to Chad and that it was a great show. I didn’t ask for an autograph or a picture I just wanted to talk for a minute. That is what we did; he gave me a huge hug and thanked me for helping again. After that I was ecstatic, my night was made. I didn’t need an autograph or a photo proving I met him, I got to talk with him for a minute and that is something no one can take away nor can I lose it. I always feel so bad for musicians when fans are all up in their business, just needing to touch them and get that autograph that may be worth something one day.
Last night made up for what happened at the Dispatch show I went to in NYC. I was supposed to volunteer and meet Chad, Brad and Pete and get free tickets and merchandise, but the way Radio City runs things I was unable to volunteer. I can’t wait to see State Radio and Dispatch again; you just become that much more connected with the music by seeing them live.
Next weekend in NYC there will be two benefit shows along with a Service Saturday to benefit those affected by Hurricane Sandy. http://callingallcrows.org/nyc
Song-“Circles Around The Sun”
Album-Circles Around The Sun
Ashley Koszalka- The official single off Dispatch’s first album in 12 years can go beyond its literal meaning (at the end of this post). Anyone can put this into their own context with something that they can relate to. People telling each other they can’t do things, that they are impossible, motivating them to do just that. Everyone loves to prove others wrong and that’s the story behind Circles Around The Sun. Sure the boy in the story didn’t have the option of going, he was sent on this mission without his consent. During the 1960s, people with disabilities were considered to have very few rights and although they thought that he would die on the mission, they sent him anyway. This song shows the persistence and capabilities of all humans. At points you may feel weak and want to give up but hanging in there and proving everyone that they are wrong about you. “Circles Around The Sun” embodies the American ideology of “you can do anything that you put your mind to.”
Dispatch’s Insight-“Circles Around the Sun” is the legend of the late Larry Perry. As Chad told Rolling Stone, “In the early 1960s the space race had captured America. Looking to outdo the Soviets without putting their necks on the line, NASA, in an unprecedented, controversial move, took a very disabled young man away from his family to ready him for space flight. Both the USSR and USA has sent dogs and chimps into space, but the USA wanted more. Larry cannot walk or speak but was in perfect health and, more importantly, in the eyes of government, expendable. Unbeknownst to them, from a very young age, Larry had always been an adrenaline junkie and the scientists and government officials were actually fulfilling the biggest adventure he could ever dream - to be launched into space. To everyone’s surprise, Larry returns from space triumphant and smiling.”
(Taken from the Dispatch Newsletter)
(Picture from Dispatch Facebook)
Performing on Craig Ferguson 9/26/12
Official Music Video
Performing “Circles Around The Sun” in Washington Square Park NYC 8/21/12 (Song starts to play at 2:18)
Spotify has commentary on Dispatch’s entire new album with the story behind the songs of C.A.T.S.
Listen at http://spoti.fi/NEfK4q
Rolling Stone Magazine online is streaming Dispatch’s Circles Around The Sun album an entire week early. Check it out here.
The album titled single hit iTunes stores and Spotify today. As of today “Not Messin’,” “Josaphine,” and “Circles Around the Sun” have been released for fans to hear as a preview to the album. “Not Messin’” and “Circles Around the Sun” are available on Spotify while only “Circles Around the Sun” is on iTunes. “Josaphine” and “Not Messin’” are available on SoundCloud. The entire album’s release date is August 21!