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Oct 21, 2023·edited Oct 21, 2023

I assure you the rest of the process is definitely of interest to us! Please continue sharing the process, if you are willing. 😊

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Death and Country Music.

Peak Decemberists.

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I love reading the studio diaries. It's so interesting, and just makes me look forward to the ultimate release that much more. I hope it remains a double LP!!

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I love these studio diaries. And I moderated an event with the Tamakis last night for ROAMING--it was so invigorating. I’m just a huge process nerd; I announced that I was horny for Jillian’s Dropbox organization system. And therefore, I love reading about these details and decisions behind the record. I can’t wait to hear it.

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When the album gets released I’m definitely gonna have to come back and re-read these diaries, it’s been fascinating. Magic. Thank you Colin, for all your efforts!

My two girls, 10 and 7 are well into the Decemberists now since reading the wildwood series half a year ago. It’s been great to go back into your back catalog on the car trips into town, it’s funny how they absolutely love songs that I’ve not liked much. We do discretely skip over a cautionary song though!

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Colin, I can’t thank you and applaud you enough for taking on the journaling of this process. The fact that you captured so many details was a feat in and of itself, but on top of that, you also made it funny and heartfelt. I don’t make music, but I found every detail fascinating, and I so appreciate the time you’ve spent to let us in on this process. I’m amazed you could write this much WHILE working so hard on the music, and fully understand why you regretted committing to it, at times.

I was just gushing to my partner yesterday, how awesome it was that you were sharing your song titles and the album names you were considering. The fact that you let us peek behind the curtain is going to make this album so special to listen to, and I know I will have an intimate relationship with it, that no other Decemberists album can rival. It also speaks to your uniqueness and determination to connect with your fans in a way that no one else does.

I can’t wait to listen to it while re-reading these posts. Thank you, Colin! 🙏

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Decemberists albums have the highest body count of any band I listen to. Glad to hear the tradition continues. Reading about the process has been engrossing. Thanks for hanging in there.

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Something tells me that if we had something like your studio diaries back in the day for classic albums like Fables of the Reconstruction, the Queen is Dead, Let it Be or I Often Dream of Trains (to name a few), you would be right there with us.....I know you are a sucker for liner notes. So, yes.... more of the same, kind sir!

Thank you for this gift, as well as the eagerly awaited gift of the new record.

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Yes, please keep writing these! In fact, once the album is out I plan on rereading all of them with the context of actually being able to listen to the songs.

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I really appreciate these entries and hope you continue to document the entire process. I plan to revisit them once I’ve heard the album.

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As a one time wannabe musician, it's been fascinating to read the studio notes. Thanks for sharing the experience with us. I can't wait for the album!

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James Mercer!!!! How cool it would be to hear his voice on a Decemberists record. I really hope that makes it to the final cut.

Also, just echoing everyone else, these studio diaries have been such a treat and a deeply fascinating look inside the process – the furthest thing from banal. I can see how as an insider to the process it might seem rote, but to us outsiders, each detail is absolutely riveting. Thank you for taking the time to bring these diaries to life through your wonderfully descriptive writing; it's deepened all of our connections to these songs and I think we all can't wait to hear them!

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As someone with no musical talents or real knowledge of writing/singing/playing/producing any type of music I delight in reading about the ventures of an album in the making. Thanks for the journaling!

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I appreciate getting to see how the sausage is made!

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Definitely absolutely and definitively yes continue journaling the process! I’m actually looking forward to going back with the finished product and recapping how each track panned out

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The "Easy For Me To Say" category: please journal more at your leisure. And I mean that in the British pronunciation of leisure, too. And thank you.

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