"A couple weeks ago I came to the difficult decision that it was
time for me to leave make believe. Our two shows later this month will
be my last with the band.
This is not something I rushed into, but something I had been
considering for a long time and now seemed the right time to do so.
The new record is written and it sounds great to me, I have been very
excited about the songs and have put a lot of work into getting my
contributions for them together. But I know once the record is
recorded I would be miserable if I had to go on tour and continue the
rock band lifestyle which I have felt less and less connection to for
a long while now.
I really like my wife a lot. And puttering about the house making
weird stuff all day means everything to me. And I feel a strong sense
of community at home that means a lot to me and though I know I have
been very lucky
to have had the opportunities to travel, I really enjoy leaving
Chicago less and less all the time.
Being a sort of bizzaro David Lee Roth or whatever is kind of fun, and
fulfilling in some sort of way, but not something I have it in me to
prioritize enough to commit the time to that the band would require of
me. And I don't want to let my friends down and hold them back from
doing what they want to be doing. By leaving the group now, while the
songs for the new record are still in pliable forms, they can finish
the record without me and then be able to tour in support of it and
continue onward in whatever new form they come up with.
I have a pile of new songs to pull from for a new joan of arc record
and am looking forward to having time to develop them in the fall, but I am also
looking forward to taking my time and going into hermit-mode for awhile.
Thanks to everyone that helped make make believe a great experience.
It has meant a lot to me.