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    Every month of 2019 we released a song. Some of the songs were written the month before they were released, while some songs were written as early as 2009. Each month, Eli Wengrin made a cover for the single, and I wrote a little essay to go along with the song. In early 2020, we asked our friends if they had any art or words they would like to share that was, in some way, related to Calendar. All of the contributions have been compiled into this book.

    Looking back at the beginning of the year, it’s hard for me to remember exactly who I was when writing the first entry for Toursong. Whatever sense of identity that I feel today isn’t the same as what I felt a year ago; In a sense, I am a “new person.”

    If Sam from a year ago is a different person from Sam as I am today, there is no reason that I (today) should attribute any more weight to their (me a year ago) wants and desires than I would to any other person who I know. Right now, I relate to a lot of friends more than I do to my past self. I am equal to my peers.

    While making the XTC album “Skylarking”, Virgin Records told Andy Partridge, the band leader, that he had to make the record with an American producer in an attempt to tap into the American market, and eventually Todd Rundgren was hired for the job. The record is amazing, one of my top 5 favorite albums of all time, but the story goes that Andy and Todd butted heads throughout the entire recording process. Their egos were both too big. Now, Andy hates the album. He claims that Todd completely fucked it up at the last second by “reversing the polarity” of the tape, something that would in practice have an undetectable effect on sonic quality.

    There is a song on Skylarking, “A Man Who Sailed Around His Soul.” The song is about a man who tried to “find himself,” but he actually found nothing.

    "Now he sits all alone
    And it's no place like home
    It's empty skin
    A bag to keep life's souvenirs in"

    Ego is a sham. Identity is a sham. Don’t try to find yourself, find others.

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Twelfth song off "Calendar", out on December 31st!
Artwork by Eli Wengrin
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Luca recently pointed out that I write a lot in the first person. He said that it can sound narcissistic. Realistically I probably am a narcissist; I have always lived in a world that promotes narcissism.

Almost every line of “Never Bored,” begins with the word I. The only points of view besides my own inner dialogue are lyrics by Ian Brown and Nina Persson. These quotes aren’t advice from understanding friends, they’re fragments of culture that I’ve taken out of context and applied to my own life. Everything is speaking about me.

The song is full of anxious thoughts, which stem from the dark side of narcissism, isolation. If you are only thinking of yourself, there’s no relief when your thoughts turn against you.

Individualism is clearly flawed, so we should start thinking collectively. Anxiety and depression are not isolated events. Rates of depression are on the rise especially among young people, which would suggest that there is some organizational aspect in society that is detrimental to our mental health.

While there is certainly not a single driving force, one of the most convincing explanations for this phenomenon looks to the commodification of our interpersonal relationships. Tech companies make money when we use social media, and their business thrives when they can steal parts of the market from their competition. In this particular case, the competition is our friendships.

Pointing out collective isolation doesn’t make us feel any less alone, because our problem isn’t a lack of information but a lack of communication. Narcissistically, I wrote this song because I wanted to communicate how I’m feeling to anyone who will listen. From the collectivist point of view, the only way to understand our situation is if we communicate our experiences to each other.

Deleuze and Guattari wrote a bunch of shit I can’t understand, but they also wrote, “There are no individual statements, there never are. Every statement is the product… of collective agents of enunciation.” My personal experience doesn’t stem from myself, but is a reflection of the world around me. I can’t speak for other people, but whenever one of us speaks we all speak.

lyrics

I can’t see what's right in front of me
I’m still living in the past
I can’t keep up it’s going way too fast
I suppose that I’m just getting older
I’m afraid I haven’t lived enough
I spend so much time on my own

I should stop feeling sorry for myself
'Cause in the end I’m pretty fine
Just another product of my time
Take the time to talk all these things through
Don’t leave it bottled up inside 'cause that
Just leaves you feeling blue

I’ve got so much time but I never feel bored
Anxiety keeps knocking at the door
Just like Ian said, “I want to be adored”
Or like Nina, “Baby I’ve been your whore”

I should strive to always feel my best
But it takes a little bit of work
And I usually just want to rest
Make some space where I can feel alive
Without anyone telling me
I’ll take the responsibility

I’ve got so much time but I never feel bored
Anxiety keeps knocking at the door
Just like Ian said, “I want to be adored”
or like Nina, “Baby I’ve been your whore”

I’ve got so much time but I never feel bored
Anxiety keeps knocking at the door
Just like Ian said, “I want to be adored”
or like Nina, “Baby I’ve been your whore”

credits

from Calendar, track released December 31, 2019
Music and lyrics by Samuel Charles Regan
Produced by Luca Lovisetto
Background vocals by Jimmy Kraft
Saxophone by Jacopo Finelli
Mastering engineer Dylan Wall
Artwork by Eli Wengrin

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