Recently Asked Question

Ok so I posted on Facebook and Twitter that I would answer in detail my favorite question that anyone asked me on http://www.formspring.me/edwimp. So far, my favorite question has been: “what are some landmarks in or around Chicago that are important to you?”

This question is important to me because Chicago is important to me. Since I was a child, there have been many different landmarks that have played a role in my life. Starting with my earliest memories, The University of Chicago Lab School and the Hyde Park area in general (which I live very close to) have played a big role in my life. I attended The Lab School until the 6th grade. Although I transferred at the age to Morgan Park Academy, my roots in Hyde Park still stayed strong. I played baseball in Hyde Park still and had a lot of friends in the area, not to mention, I still live about ten minutes from Hyde Park to this day.

Before my Grandmothers passing, she lived at The Newport Building in Hyde Park right off of Lake Shore Drive. I spent many days after school there when I was younger. My grandmother passed away when I was 8 years old, but I still remember every detail about her apartment. Everything from the exact shade of her carpeting to the smell of the rooms. Outside of her apartment was a baseball field that high school aged kids would play at. Every time there was a game I would watch and be in awe of how good they all were. As it turns out, when I turned 16, the baseball league that I was in would play games at that field quit frequently. It always reminded me of my grandmother when I played there.

I spent most of my summer days/nights at the Skatepark at 31st and Lake Shore Drive. Skateboarding was my life from when I was 10-17. I absolutely loved it and went to the skatepark any chance I got whether I was with friends or alone.

I went to Morgan Park Academy at 111th and Bell from the 7th grade to when I graduated high school. I made a lot of friends there that I still keep in contact with today. At my high school graduation from MPA I played “I Won’t Forget You, Goodbye” for the first time publicly. Since the song means a lot to me I decided to keep playing it and put it on the album Becoming The Wave. Every Wakes Dream still plays the song.

The Olympia Fields, Burr Ride, Homewood, Evergreen Park and Beverly areas all hold importance to me because I spent a lot of time hanging out in these areas because the majority of my friends lived in these areas.

Last but not least, my house has probably been the most substantial landmark that I will always value. I have lived in the house since I was born and have more memories there than I could ever explain.

So there you have it! Thanks so much for the questions and I’ll be sure to keep answering them on http://www.formspring.me/edwimp.

Ed

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Is Ed A Vegetarian Now???

Indeed! I gave up meat around the first week of August and I’m still growing strong. I gave it up primarily for two reasons. The first reason being that I believe that animals are slaughtered unethically and I do not want to support that anymore. The second reason being health reasons. So those are my reasons. I’m sure I’ll write more about it in the future but I just wanted to clear that up. Thank you!

Ed

Best Acoustic Version of A Song

This acoustic re-make of”The American Scream” is amazing. It completely changes the emotion given off by the song and delivers a new message. Alkaline Trio never stops impressing me. Hope you guys enjoy! You can hear the original version on youtube if you would like to compare.

New Song Lyrics

This song is by far the most personal song I have ever written and I can’t wait for you guys to hear it. But until it is recorded you can read the lyrics below.

Wake up, a sunny day,
Tell myself no time to wait,
Put my shoes on, hit that summer pavement.
Take a look deep in her eyes,
Tell my girl there’s no surprise,
I’m gonna go just where my own heart takes me.

Now I’m all dressed up in my weekends best,
Turn to her for one last kiss,
Got my bags packed, time to hit the road now.

Goodbye, my windy city way of life,
I’m leaving this town tonight but I’ll be home.
It’s time or endless yellow lines on roads,
I’ll travel and I’m proud to call this life my own.

Wake up, it’s a gloomy day,
Tell myself it’s time to wait
Slow my life down and re-evaluate.
Try to get her on the phone,
But she knows that I’m not alone.
She goes just where her own heart takes her.

Now I’m all dressed up in my weekends best,
Turn to her, this time she’s pissed.
Looks like I just burned out all my luck…

Goodbye, my windy city way of life,
I’m leaving this town tonight but I’ll be home.
It’s time or endless yellow lines on roads,
I’ll travel and I’m proud to call this life my own.

Goodbye, my windy city way of life,
I’m leaving this whole town tonight and never coming home.
It’s time for endless yellow lines on roads,
I’ll travel… but I’m too ashamed to come back home…
Ed

Chilling Poem

Once on a yellow piece of paper with green lines
he wrote a poem
And he called it “Chops”
because that was the name of his dog
And that’s what it was all about
And his teacher gave him an A
and a gold star
And his mother hung it on the kitchen door
and read it to his aunts
That was the year that Father Tracy
took all the kids to the zoo
And he let them sing on the bus
And his little sister was born
with tiny toenails and no hair
And his mother and father kissed a lot
And the girl around the corner sent him a
valentine signed with a row of X’s
and he had to ask his father what the X’s meant
And his father always tucked him in bed at night
And was always there to do it

Once on a piece of white paper with blue lines
he wrote a poem
And he called it “Autumn”
because that was the name of the season
And that’s what it was all about
And his teacher gave him an A
and asked him to write more clearly
And his mother never hung it on the kitchen door
because of its new paint
And the kids told him
that Father Tracy smoked cigars
And left butts on the pews
And sometimes they would burn holes
That was the year his sister got glasses
with thick lenses and black frames
And the girl around the corner laughed
when he asked her to go see Santa Claus
And the kids told him why
his mother and father kissed a lot
And his father never tucked him in bed at night
And his father got mad
when he cried for him to do it.

Once on a paper torn from his notebook
he wrote a poem
And he called it “Innocence: A Question”
because that was the question about his girl
And that’s what it was all about
And his professor gave him an A
and a strange steady look
And his mother never hung it on the kitchen door
because he never showed her
That was the year that Father Tracy died
And he forgot how the end
of the Apostle’s Creed went
And he caught his sister making out on the back porch
And his mother and father never kissed
or even talked
And the girl around the corner
wore too much makeup
That made him cough when he kissed her
but he kissed her anyway
because that was the thing to do
And at three A.M. he tucked himself into bed
his father snoring soundly

That’s why on the back of a brown paper bag
he tried another poem
And he called it “Absolutely Nothing”
Because that’s what it was really all about
And he gave himself an A
and a slash on each damned wrist
And he hung it on the bathroom door
because this time he didn’t think
he could reach the kitchen

Check out Matt Skiba’s artwork

Matt Skiba is an artist that I greatly admire. He sings in the band Alkaline Trio and also has some other musical projects that he is involved in. The reason that I admire Matt Skiba so much is because he is a true artist. He isn’t just a musician but he is also a painter. I highly recommend checking out some of his paintings. Here is one of my favorites!

Meaningful Experience

The other day I was at a book store that was going out of business. Everything was marked off at least 50 percent so my mom and I decided to go in and see what books they had. I grew up going to this bookstore frequently and sometimes as often as a few times a week during certain stages in my life. To see the bookstore close was a sad experience for me because it was almost as though another aspect of my childhood was dying. An employee at the store came up to my mom and I and explained to us everything that was marked off and to tell us about why the store was closing and etc. While he was talking to us my mom asked, “what does the store closing mean for you? What career are you going to switch to?” He hesitated and said that he does not know. In my time coming to the bookstore I had always seen this man working hard and he truly was a great employee and helped the store tremendously. My heart immediatly went out to this guy. Someone with a work ethic as strong as this mans should not be concerned about having a job or having to worry about related problems. While we were talking to this guy, I happened to glance at his arm and notice a tattoo quoting the 1999 movie Fight Club.  The quote was an excerpt from the following passage:

“I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.”

When I read his tattoo, it hit me like a pile of bricks. I almost felt as though I were a character in a book or a movie because of all the symbolism that I saw in his tattoo in relation to the stage of life he was in. This guy has so much potential but our society is not allowing him to excel. Our merit system is based on the wrong things and it’s really a shame. Too many bad people are in powerful positions with oppurtunities they don’t deserve and too many good people are in bad positions and out of work. Appreciate people from all walks of life and lending a helping hand when you can. Acknowledge those that deserve recognition.

Ed

Explanation for Irreplaceable Sun

Hey, so a few people have asked me what the last song “Irreplaceable Sun” is about on our new album My Life At Sea. I wrote the song from the standpoint of someone that is experiencing someone close to them die. As many of us have unfortunately come to find out, watching someone slowly die from a sickness is one of the most painful things to experience. The song “Irreplaceable Sun” not only dwells upon the sadness of seeing a loved one suffering, but it celebrates the qualities about the person that we cherish. Hence the chorus: “Still when I see you I see daylight, with you there was never a rainy day, and when i think of you, it opens my eyes, that everything will be ok… You’re my irreplaceable sun.”

I wrote the outro to the song long before I wrote the rest of the song. The message in the outro of the song is that we can not take for granted everything we have in life. We are “all just little people” and we need to realize that and realize how easily life can be taken from us. Bad things happen to good people every day and we are not invincible no matter how good we have been to others.

I hope this clears up any confusion about the song. If you have any questions just ask on here. Below is a youtube video of the song so you can listen to it again. Thanks!

Ed