So it’s just days before my birthday, as well as the birth of Lights of Marfa. LoM was launched on 02.01.13. I wanted to have something that I really and truly would feel I am a part of and anyone that joins it would too. An equitable partnership. What better way to do that then to just start your own band. But with that comes many obstacles. Personalities, egos, opposing goals, kids, jobs, and just everyday life in general. I have a feeling it is worse than being a polygamist with 4 wives.
So I built it up. We wrote. We recorded. We played. People came. People went. By the fall of 2018 after several lineup changes I considered just dissolving the band. It was just Jeremy and I at that point and it seemed like it just wasn’t meant to be. But we stayed the course and we kept moving forward. Jeremy stuck it out with me to which I am eternally grateful. We just kept writing and working to find new pieces to our puzzle.
Enter Benjamin Hatch aka Hatch. Well actually, re-enter Hatch. We had talked at the beginning of 2018 but, as I mentioned before, life got in the way as it sometimes does. Just as I was about to give up I sent a Hail Mary email to him. Unbeknownst to me he had stopped checking that email and it took him a month before he saw it. He eventually responded and we reconnected right as I was about to hang LoM up for good. Immediately something was there musically. We decided to give it a go. We thought we’d just start by having a little fun dropping a Christmas tune. It was a great way to see how we worked together in a recording scenario. It went very well. So Hatch, Jeremy and I began writing. Our new song “Heaven Knows” is the first thing we finished. The first fruits of the new Lights of Marfa if you will.
I take pride in the fact that this group of guys has taken the true DIY spirit that the band was based on to heart. They’ve embraced it. We write our original songs ourselves. We record our songs ourselves and have our good friend Marshal Dutton (Hinder, Faktion) mix it. We film and put together our videos ourselves. We design our own artwork ourselves. At some point if we get too busy I’m sure we will have to source those things out but we will still be actively involved.
Currently it’s just the 3 of us. But it’s a very cohesive unit. We like and want the same things. And we have fun. That’s number one. Fun. This could all end tomorrow and being miserable is not how you should spend your time.
We are searching for the 4th and 5th pieces of the puzzle but we aren’t in any rush. We want it to be right. The wrong person can throw everything into a tailspin. We want a team player that is with us and not just out for himself. You would think that would be easy but it just isn’t. Especially in Nashville.
Despite outside appearances being in a band is not an easy thing. Especially a rock band. Especially in 2018. I started doing this years ago and at first I struggled. Then I struggled some more. Then, after many years, the hard work paid off and I was finally able to make a living doing what I love. Then things change. Now it’s a struggle again. It’s the never ending pursuit to create “art” that connects with people all while not starving to death and keeping a roof over your head. It is not easy. But I've done it once so I know I can do it again. It's just having the right team and it looks like we have a good start.
I guess I’m writing this because I just want to thank anyone who is still paying attention to what I am/we are doing and creating. Please stay tuned and hopefully you will hear more from us if all goes as planned. New music, new videos, new shows. It’s all part of the plan.
We will be launching a Patreon page in the near future to get you guys involved and hopefully help us keep this train on the tracks and chugging forward. More news on that soon.
As our 6th birthday approaches I’d just like to also say thank you to everyone who has been in this band for even just a minute. You shaped this band in one way or another. Thank you to my friends and family for always being supportive. Many heartfelt thanks to Jeremy and Hatch for helping fight the good fight.
Also a very, very, special thanks to my wife for putting up with my crazy obsession with music.
So, as an old bandmate used to say before hitting the stage… “Let’s go whip the mule’s ass!”