For us, the Collection has come to be something of a family. When you’ve spent time together in a crowded van, sleeping on floors in strange houses, and hoping you’ll make enough money in a night to be able to eat, it’s hard not to build relationships in a deeper way than just friends. My friend Edd tells me that when people play music together, a bond is formed that is deeper than almost anything else, a bond that is unexplainable. I have found this true many times when I’ve played music with people but never really talked to them. I see them around and suddenly feel some kind of kinship from the music we’ve made together. It becomes so much deeper when the music is mixed with an actual relationship.
So here we are, a few years into the Collection, and our Cellist, Stacie Cummings, is moving. She’s been playing with us for over a year and this is the first time that one of our family is going to be gone. It’s a crazy thing to deal with. Stacie is an awesome friend, enjoys anime, gets really red cheeks when she drinks, and helps kids learn how to speak well. She has a new job in Austin, TX, and is heading out there in a week. We’re so happy for her new job (this old one hasn’t been the best…from what we can tell) and excited to see what adventures are waiting for her.
In the meantime, we are sad to see her move, as it really is like losing a part of our family. Stacie is still going to be involved as much as possible, will hopefully be on the new album and a few other things we’re working on releasing, and might get to see some tours with us in the future. But for now, things will be different for both her and us. So, I just wanted to write this blog to let you know how awesome Stacie is, and to say Thanks, Stacie, for all the work and love you’ve put in to the Collection. It will never be the same without you here, and we love you a ton.