Back when Derek started his career, he joked (or maybe he wasn’t joking) that he needed Bryan Allain and me to help him get word out about his solo career. Bryan had built a body of work with caedmonscall.net (though he’ll tell you that he had lots of help), and with the two of us, we certainly had a lot of desire to make these things happen. Bryan and I both like to write and be opinionated, and we had jobs that would let us spend our time on supporting our friend. That professional leeway led us to doing things like Bryan skipping out on a conference while I drove over to Atlanta to pick him up for a drive to South Carolina to surprise DW at a house show. Oh the things that we could do in our 20s, right, Bryan?
Perhaps the zenith of this symbiotic relationship came in October 2006 when Bryan and I went to Nashville to (do something I’ve forgotten; watch a show, maybe?). Bryan and I successfully schemed our way into crashing at the Webb house (Sandra was on the road). Bryan says that he and Derek were up past 3am talking, but I remember wiping out and going to sleep on the couch. I remember it as a good time, even though my truck did kick the bucket the next day.
Anyway, I have a lot of these goofy stories, but the simple fact is true: Derek doesn’t need us anymore. As of this writing, he has 32,226 followers on Twitter. That’s, um, more people than visit our site by, um, lots. So yeah. And even when SOLA-MI was going on, we were not the source for that sleuthing: Jonathan Guenther was.
So we’re going to do the right thing by the Web traffic of this site: we’re no longer a blog. We will do things like have lyrics available, and hopefully we’ll continue to do right—and hopefully better—by those things now and in the future. [After all, sometimes we bail Derek's ass out.] But we’re going to stop even pretending that we keep up with Derek any better than you can by following him on Twitter.
We had a good run, but Twitter killed the fan site, and that’s okay!
Peace, Love, and Bert’s Chili,