I think there were more people counter-protesting than there were from Westboro.But as much as I find that sort of speech disgusting, I'd rather live in a country that allows for it and for everybody to see what a small minority that group represents, than to live in a country that would hinder that kind of speech. Well, you know, I don't really kind of want to talk at all about that.I've lived my entire adult life never looking forward more than six months in the future, so that's kind of difficult to speculate on.
And I am doing exactly what I want to do with my life.
You know, outside of playing shortstop for the Seattle Mariners -- I didn't do that, but after that dream this became everything I wanted to do.
I think there's some truth to that observation -- that the reason indie-rock scenes were able to grow and flourish, certainly in the 90s, was that nobody had a camera pointed at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, or Seattle or Athens or any of these other towns where all of a sudden, overnight, it seemed that there were at least five great bands and a lot of other really good bands. These people had been playing music together for a long time and making 7-inches and tapes and swapping bands and all that sort of thing.
And I think that what we've lost in the Internet age is any scene's ability to grow organically and be specific to the region that it's in.
And for all of the things that people get caught up in, press says this, press says that, people said this, message board that, I've long since cut that out of my life and realized, Listen, I get to do exactly what I want to do with my life. And there are people who have contextualized the music that I write into their lives in a way that it will be there forever.
Lasting much longer than Kim Kardashian's 72-day marriage, Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard and Zooey Deschanel announced their separation after two years of marriage.
Or maybe I'm kidding myself and you know nothing about him apart from the fact that he used to be married to Zooey Deschanel. Gibbard knows he's lucky to make his living writing songs, but not every song he writes fits into the gently epic Death Cab template.
Whichever category (or categories) you fall into, you're now about to discover a new side of this silver-voiced singer-songwriter, who's using the name Benjamin Gibbard for what's being billed as the first solo album of his career. Hence the need for "Former Lives," which collects tunes that don't deserve to be ignored just because they're a little bit different.
I think it kind of cheapens the purpose of writing a song in the first place --A couple years ago you sang with Jenny Lewis and Conor Oberst on a really wonderful version of "Handle With Care," which was originally recorded by the middle-aged rock stars of The Traveling Wilburys.
Where do you hope to be in your career when you're their age?
They're not quote-unquote old songs, and I certainly don't consider them throw-aways -- which is why I wanted to make a record of them.