Though it seems like it happened yesterday, an entire year has passed since I put out Ocean Eyes and I cannot begin to tell you how amazed I am due to all that has happened between then and now. A tremendous amount of asphalt has passed under the tires, a lot of miles put on the odometer and a lot of marvelous memories made along the way. It’s an overwhelming, invigorating feeling that can’t even be put into words. I catch myself thinking about the future often and I truly couldn’t be more excited. I’ve been immensely blessed by each and every opportunity I’ve had via Owl City and your endless support only continues to encourage me. I wholeheartedly cannot thank you enough.
Thus far, I’ve been quite a busy bee this summer, hidden away in the cavelike warmth of my basement, working like a mad scientist on the next Owl City record and I absolutely cannot wait for you to hear it. Things are coming together nicely but there’s still a lot of work to be done.
However, there’s something I’d like to share with you in the meantime.
Three and a half years ago, I recorded a collection of songs in my parent’s basement during the bleary-eyed hours of night when sleep and I could not bring ourselves to meet. I was a metalworker, working 6 AM to 4 PM at a warehouse in my little southern Minnesota town. I was writing, creating, thinking, imagining and breathing music with every second I had to spare. Music has always been my dream, but at that point in time, it was merely a feather tossed to the wind. Regardless, my spirits were far from dampened and I created music as fast and as furiously as I could. In my little basement bedroom, I had an old Dell computer, Reason 2.5, a friend’s borrowed Behringer C-1 condenser, a Behringer 8 channel analog mixer and my uncle’s old Alvarez. I didn’t have a clue what I was doing but I was a dreamer and music was my escape so I gave it everything I had. Never expecting my music to be heard anywhere but by my parents through the floorboards above, I wrote for my own ears. I was both artist and audience and I called myself Sky Sailing.
I’ve kept these recordings secret for a long time and they’ve never seen the light of day until now. Long before Owl City was ever a spark of a flame, a lot of blue-collared working days were spent absentmindedly daydreaming about what would ultimately become this collection of songs. From the perfectionist musician’s perspective, a song is never truly “finished” but rather “abandoned” and thus, after a lot of inspiration and reckless experimentation, I emerged from the basement with a 11 song record which I affectionately entitled,An Airplane Carried Me To Bed.
This album is a step into the past, the documented account of a shy boy from Minnesota with more hopes and dreams than he knew what to do with. When you listen to this record, you can hear naivety, innocence, inexperience and the wide-eyed imaginings of a wishful thinker. It’s both light and dark, optimistic and melancholy. Unpolished and dusty, it’s an antique and therefore holds a truly unique and graceful aesthetic within. Though there has always been just one artist behind the music, before there was Owl City there was Sky Sailing and I consider it a great honor to finally find this opportunity to share it with you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it.
If by chance you ever feel as though you’ve come to know these songs or empathize with the emotions therein, please consider yourself a friend of mine because in a manner of speaking, you know me. As the saying goes, one can truly glimpse the artist through his/her art, and that expression certainly proves faithful in my case. This music is my heart and soul. This is who I am.
With that being said, I am so very glad to meet you.
Hari ini adalah salah satu hari yang ga bisa gw lupain, untuk sementara ini. Eh, enggak, gw ga baru nembak kecengan gw kok (apa hubungannya????). Kenapa oh kenapa??? Karena, untuk pertama kalinya, gw terlibat insiden ketika menyetir !! Yap. Insiden, kecelakaan kecil. Dan ‘korban’ hasil dari insiden tsb adalah motornya pacar kakak gw, yg lagi diparkir dan gw serempet bgitu aja. Dan makin parah aja, karena TKPnya tepat berasal dari garasi rumah gw. Ga elit bgt. Udah nyerempet motor diparkir, DI GARASI PULA !!! Macem dodol mana pula, ada2 aja deh.
Dan kronologi kejadiannya adalah sbagai berikut : awalnya pas tadi pagi, gw disuruh ama bokap gw buat mindahin keluar mobil FJ40 yg ada di dalem garasi, dan bokap gw mindahin Land Rover yg tepat berada di belakang FJ40 tadi. Pas bokap gw udh mindahin tu landy keluar garasi, giliran gw ngeluarin fj40 dari garasi. Berhubung mobilnya ngehadap ke dalem rumah, jadi aja gw (dan bokap gw) kudu mindahin mobil dgn cara mundur. Awalnya, gw keluarin, mundurin pelan2, pelan bgt, cma ngangkat 1/4 kopling aja. Beberapa detik kemudian, muncul suara : krieeett….. BRAAKK !!! DUUKKK !!!! ASTAGA !!! GW NABRAK SESUATU !!! Dan akhirnya gw nyadar, bahwa yg gw tabrak, eh serempet tsb adalah motor kepunyaan pacar kakak gw, yang lagi diparkir tepat di pinggir kanan garasi rmh gw. Mendadak lsg gw rem mobilnya, dan gw liat2 keadaan dulu, lalu panik. GYAAAAAAA!!! GIMANA NEEEHH???!!!! Spontan, gw langsung ngatur2 posisi mobil gw, majuin lagi, trus mundurin lagi, kira2 ampe 2-3 kali. Gara2 insiden tsb, kaki gw tiba2 jadi geter2, kayak kejang. Tapi, tetep aja gw maksain mundurin mobil, dan (untungnya) berhasil gw pindahin dan mundurin tanpa cacat, kecuali gara2 insiden tsb. Karena penasaran, gw langsung keluar dari mobil, dan ngeliat kondisi motor yg baru gw serempet tsb. Pas Gw liat, cuma plat nomor depannya aja yang bengkok, tapi gatau kenapa stangnya rada aneh, berat, ngeluarin bunyi ‘krieeet’ gitu deh. Tapi gw anggap biasa aja, sampe akhirnya gw baru tau malem ini kalo stangnya ada yang rusak (kata pacar kakak gw si), dan sekarang motor malang tsb harus ‘nginep’ di bengkel. Langsung aja malem ini gw minta maaf ke dia. DAn untung aja dia orangnya baik banget, dan dia mau maafin gw. Huhuhu, maaf yaa kak…….. :p
Dan pelajaran hari ini, yang dapat gw ambil gara2 insiden tsb adalah : KALO MUNDUR HARUS LIAT KEADAAN DI SEKITAR, TETEP FOKUS, DAN HARUS LIAT SPION JUGA ! Dan gebleknya, gw baru inget kalo tadi pagi gw lupa ngeliat spion pas mundur !!!! Pantes aja gw nyerempet tu motor. Tapi emg, gw biasanya nganggep ga ada apa2, jadi wee gw langsung syuutt, mundur gitu aja. Dan mau-ga-mau, kita harus tetep tenang dan bertanggung jawab ketika mendapat insiden seperti itu. Jangan panikan. Jangan kejang tiba2, kecuali kalo emg udah penyakitan.