The Decemberists is one of my favorite bands ever. Since their inception in 2000, the group has released five albums and just as many EP's, which I find amazing. Even more amazing: I have yet to come across a song of theirs that I do not like and from this opinionated schmuck that is a miracle. Even dc4c and the Beatles have produced songs I dislike. The Decemberists inspire me because they are not wildly popular and they're not a novelty, but they continue to release a new album each year and stay true to their roots. Each new album is consistently great. The album art of each album is different than that of the previous album, but they use the same artist for all of them. The artist also happens to be one of my favorite illustrators ever, Carson Ellis. I am losing track of my point. I would like to model my writing career after The Decemberists' history:
1. Consistently produce well-written, likable books, without stardom in mind.
2. Books per author should match. I know this is unrealistic in the publishing world, but I like the thought of my books being considered a 'collection' and when they are next to each other on a bookshelf, they look related and pretty, like The Decemberists albums do in my iTunes.
3. Their songs are small stories within an overall tale, which is the album. I'd like my books to feel that way too.
As for what the band has to do with my writing: their music is rare in the sense that it is neutral and I can listen to it anytime I am writing without getting distracted. Also, it doesn't affect my writing, so if I get sick of a character's playlist or I am writing a scene that cannot be accomplished by listening to my normal writing music, the first place I go it to the search bar and type in 'decem'. They make my writing experience easier, more enjoyable, and laid back.
Alos, here is a song of theirs that sorta proves they get Writers, enjoy.
"The Engine Driver" The Decemberists
And just for the hell of it, here's one of their most popular songs with an actual music video!
"16 Military Wives"