Hey there, Machinists — the rain has started to fall and I’m safely indoors, ready to take any/all* questions you might have. Ask me!
*that arrive in the next couple hours
Taking a break, but I'm gonna come back to this thread later and keep answering. Thanks for the questions, everyone!
I am waiting; should I be waiting?
Not a question but a massive thank you for June Hymn ❤️
Years ago we were Decemberists quasi stalkers. Saw you guys coast to coast. Made a GetBetterJenny quilt. As a good Catholic woman, probably should confess: while awaiting the show in Oronco Maine show, we snuck backstage and enjoyed your sound check😏. We are old folks so several of the staff likely assumed we were parents of a Decemberist. We left quietly (but so happy!) when one of your actual crew noticed us.
Will you make available the videos from the 3 anniversary COVID-era shows? They were fanTASTIC and would love to see again ...
Hey Colin! Is there any information you can release about the film adaptation of Wildwood? I know LAIKA is super secretive about their upcoming films but maybe you could say what you think about it so far? If not no problem... Just wondering 😉
If you were in a Chinese spy balloon floating over Montana, what would you be searching for?
When can the world expect a new Decemberists album?
I asked this before and so asking for an update (because I care) - any news on more archival live show vinyl releases?
Can we expect a Her Majesty your in 2023?
Which song would you happily play at each Decemberist show? Which could you say “never again”?
I was playing music with a new friend recently, a "classic rock" guy and he asked "What's your favorite band?" Of course, I told him The Decemberists, but with the caveat that "they're not for everyone..." He listened to Crane Wife that night and LOVED it, made me so happy...
Hi! Asking from -13 degrees (Fahrenheit!) ridden Montreal, the 2 protagonists in The Soldiering Life, were they... you know... roommates?
You'd be settling a long-time debate with a friend of mine.
Do you you think you’ll ever creatively return to an earlier sound/style, like Picaresque/Her Majesty?
Hey Colin, just saw you in Astoria and having seen The Decemberists many many times, I have to say it was by far the most special for my husband and I. Thank you! We live in Rockaway Beach and loved being able to pop up North for an intimate show. Thank you. Any plans for other small venue shows? There is a new very small music venue in Rockaway Beach that we just finished construction on with a delicious coffee shop and wine bar. No music questions but did love the January Hymn (one of my favs) tutorial. Don’t play but loved watching.
How are you?
Hi Colin! Best and worst Morrissey solo songs?
Colin! I love you. Do you love me?
any touring in 2023?
Can you talk a bit about the narrative of The Bachelor and the Bride? Who is who?
Any tips for budding songwriters?
Is there a story behind the song Why Would I Now?
Hi Colin! Any plans to tour in 2023 either with The Decemberists or solo?
Hi Colin! Love when you do these! What's your favorite song you've ever written? And what's your favorite food or cuisine?
have you ever covered "The Sandman" by America? I walked into the produce section of Safeway just as its started playing.
"Ain't it foggy outside
All the planes have been grounded
Ain't the fire inside?"
I heard your voice....
Is Shaking Through the best early REM song? I'd love to hear you tear through a cover of it. What's your favourite song of theirs? Also, you're going to have a hand in the Wildwood soundtrack, right? Right?
Have you ever toyed around with other songs to add to the Month Hymns? I'd love to hear your take on an October Hymn.
1) Any plans to resume the Travelers' Rest Festival? It was truly one of the best concert experiences I've had. Also we had the pleasure of meeting you and the band for a brief moment. (You thanked my wife for being a librarian.) 2) Any plans to revive Offa Rex? Thanks!
Any plans on bringing back the Happy Cactus songs to stream? I remember there was a Wikipedia page for HC and a link that provided a download to the only album, but that was many years ago. I know they were for sure pivotal tunes during my upbringings.
Reposted from the last Q&A, as I was late to the game. Might be too late today, as well haha. Oh well, I’ll just keep trying. 😅
At minute 5:29 in Row Jimmy, what made you giggle? Did you consider redoing the song or did you immediately know you wanted to keep it there? I love that you left that in because it makes me smile every time 😊
(1) Favorite / most unexpected thing about the Decemberists Community?
(2) Can you speak to the generation of collective effervescence (in the Durkheim sense!) at live music events / other events? (To be forthright: Harvard Div grad student examining secular sacred happenings as healing for those with religious trauma! Would love to interview you but wanted to shoot a shot here first! Thanks from the fundie kid whose life you saved!)
Hello! I am so glad you are doing this! I've long wondered and even submitted this question at a live show but it wasn't picked. And so, here is my question: Why are water and drowning so frequently featured in Decemberists songs? Thank you in advance for answering this question I've long sought an answer to!
What are three albums that changed your life?
Thank you for everything you've made!
Does the phrase "down on the knuckle" come from anywhere, or is it your creation? It sounds like something I should have heard of before, but I can't place it.
Any chance of a sequel to “The Stars Did Wander Darkling”? Holding out hope for one certain character left in limbo at the end...
So enjoyed learning on one of your recent posts that you’re a Sondheim fan. Do you have a favorite lyric?
Do you know anyone named Leslie Anne Levine?
I’m certain this has been asked before, but what is with all the drowning? The Fam did an over/under at the Bonner show of 5 songs, but you fell short by a couple!
Do you know of any way to find the full Hazards of Love Visualized film? iTunes appears to be a bust, and I can only watch the Rake's Song video so many times before yearning for the rest of it.
Hi Colin, I've been wondering what prompted the heavier use of synth on I'll Be Your Girl? (Which I love, btw!)
Morbid, but I think it's important. What songs do you want played at your funeral?
i'm studying romantic literature right now and i know that the chimbley sweep is blake-inspired, but does the mariner's revenge song have any relationship to coleridge vis a vis the rime of the ancient mariner? whenever we discuss the rime i can only imagine it being told from the belly of a whale, but that might just be the "mariner" overlap.
Your mandocello is a beautiful instrument! Is it made by Eastman? Did you seek out this instrument, or did it come to you?
Where did the story of "Mariners Revenge Song" come from? And why did you decide to put a 3/4 time sea shanty interlude into the song, which is quite unusual (but great!)?
One of my favorite songs is Carolina Low. But I can’t seem to decipher the full meaning. Can you help me understand like I’m 5?
Also, can we please get a music video for E. Watson? Thnx
Was Tarkio's Keeping Me Awake inspired by the Innocence Mission's Keeping Awake?
Can you recommend books that everyone should read at least once?
I’m not sure if this question has been asked or if you are still answering questions, but do you plan on working with Lizzy Ellison again in the future? Her voice was quite befitting for Yankee Bayonet and The Wanting Comes in Waves. I love her voice
Thank you so much for all of the inspiring music. I've been on a Fairport Convention kick lately and am wondering if you have some other bands or albums in a similar vein you can recommend. (Side note: I'm a baroque trumpet specialist and I come to town often to play with Portland Baroque Orchestra -- it might be interesting to you, using historical performance practice and other nerdy stuff to make old music come to life. Happy to get you tickets sometime!)
Hi Colin! :)
It seems like the internet can't agree on the correct lyrics for the chorus of your song, Why Would I Now? So, what are the correct lyrics? Thank you for your music! You helped me through a really dark time.