It is with great regret and sadness that I announce my departure from The Nationale Blue. My time in this band was an absolutely unforgettable experience, and I can safely say that the guys in the band are like brothers to me. I will always look back on the last year with this band with a great fondness, and know that we left behind some recordings that have made us all proud, and that we put a lot of blood and sweat into.
Playing music requires a great amount of emotional energy. TNB always set our sights high, and however unspoken, demanded a certain amount of intensity from each one of us. This year alone has seen many changes for me, personally, including the birth of my nephew, a scary issue with my health (which is fine now), and several intense recording sessions which will see the light of day in the near future, as well as my upcoming relocation in the next months. I've been lucky enough to have my brothers in TNB with me through all of this.
It's not necessarily the most opportune time to throw in the proverbial towel, but when you're enjoying making music, and doing so in the company of people you care about, there isn't really a fairy that floats down and hits you in the face. But I can safely say that with the upcoming record release, and the subsequent European tour, the tradition of this band's music and hard work is in good hands. The players in this band are extremely dedicated and passionate about the music they make, and they are great players. I know this because I've played with them. And when they take over Europe again this summer (this time with Boston's Helms), you all are in for something that I don't know if you could ever be ready for.
Thanks to all of the bands we played with during my time in the band, all of the people who came over to talk to any of us after a show, and anybody who even read our name on a flyer, and even decided, "no thanks". That constant "up" and "down" is all part of what makes this experience in a band so real, so passionate, and so alive. And I couldn't have picked any other bandmates that I'd rather have shared these times with.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Raise your glasses to the wind.