Thanks for sharing your talent and your story for those that want to listen. I think you are a very humble and real person who just happens to be in a very unreal world at times. Nothing weird about you, keep bringing joy to others and you will be blessed.
I should have scooped you up in a butterfly net than go through all of this to get to you....Just Foolin"ya mon...This took me 15 to write...it's a lot, read in monthly incriments, just read it please I'm not a 19yo starry eyed girl, but there are thoughts that I have wanted to share with you for a long time, but I don't write famous or unfamous people that I dont know' usually, except Barry Levinson, but he used my grandfather"s act from the Gaiety Club in "Liberty Heights" so I had to know how he protrayed him exactly...BTW, he is a good guy and answered almost immediately (i'll sell u his PERSONAL email address,if u want it.. tee hee)...i digress. I believed that you were or were becoming the "modern day " Bob Dylan, I GET HOW DIFFERENT U ARE IN STYLE, but i think if u kept writing and writng and caught a wind, that Dylan had practically handed to him, what I have listened to of ur poetry, lyrics, whatever in the 80's and on... u had the ability to hit people in their gut& their head and u have NOT lost, cause we ain't heard nothin' real good since Red Hot Chili Peppers & that reggae to hippie,dreamy rock segue back to reggae music, that I really loved when i lived there in 2010 and Gabe Soriano is amzing live... I can't belive ur writing drivelor pop or NOT WRITING... Many, many people not only felt ur pain but could wear it, eat, rail at it , however it had the ability to us know that u knew our insides and only superficilloly somebody's really despairing at 4:30 am.. somewhere, right now ... Marjorie's dreaming of horses.... all little and big girls never stop dreamin' about horses and they never stop getting the same kind of suffering from toxic families...I & forget the fact that 5 &6 yos are on fucking "little round pills" found it hard to believe that u actually knew her,Marjorie, rather than understood her.(that's huge) That song will haunt me for the rest of my , I learned a long time ago that isn't my place to approach anyone , because they can ace my insides. I had a smokin musician BF named Fred Tepper who has played in Baltimore for many yrs.... u learn that u can't GET what isn't urs, from them. U don't? remember when Nils Lofgren used to play at Pikesville Senior on Saturday nights with his brother, Tom...when they were Grin? " Saw u last mornin', cried my sins out...u were rain & I washed away.....Luv ya like rain darlin" You might have been just a liitle too yopung....how unfortanate, as I stood 10 ft from the band & watch 'em for hrs...I didn't fall out of a Dick Clark wagon,ya? Well, I made sure I never missed his "teen center" thing...eva,eva( I checked out ur dreds,so I hit wid an xtra eva, s'alright)
I see there are two albums that I don't recognize, on ur website,,,are they new material???
I'll get them in my earbuds,if I had some, no I do...I'm old but I don't have blue hair, this week it's fucshia,as soon as I can if , I thought ur band had more to...just MORE & BETTER music than any band that I knew in the 80's, because u are an amazing writer and I'm quoted ,any time CCrows or ur name is brought up..".Oh, Pam... swears Adam Durwitz is the modern day Bob Dylan"or should be.
I hope that u read this, u don't have to respond, but i don't know if ur out of songwriting completely, can't imagine a poet running outta words, Joni kind of lost her poignancy, but she still she kept writng, she was(my, like,(I was 18 I could say LIKE then)...die for f**cking idol sorry for F word, didn't mean to offend
If ur from Pikesville, be a good jewish boy or whatever jewish ghetto ur from and there will always be a milllion Marjories' still dreamin' of Horses hoping that you'll know them better than their BFF's on FB, (which I ain't goin on)...that's huge
saw the dreds, so maybe ur past writing that kinda stuff & i'm a million % sure spleefs have nothing to do with it... rastafarians are beautiful, I just can't do the Halile Sela
I've read read about the new tour dates for UK/EU. I would kindly go to one of those shows but... tickets+plane+hotel for 2 is way too expensive for me (btw greetings from Madrid). Will you ever come back to Spain? It's been a long time since your last visit. We Spaniards have a lot to offer. Madrid is a wonderful city. Take a holiday to Spain... again XD
Your songs are cities that I like revisit when my heart approaches its limits of solitude and frustration. They help me to remember where I've been and what I want. If you ever want to have a random conversation with a madwoman cum brain scientist about any topic email me.
I attended the Daytrotter Barnstormer concert last July 4 and stood behind you (Adam) while you watched one of the opening bands. I'll say now what I didn't say then - THANK YOU - from all of us "openers" - Thank You for watching the opening bands - I/We really appreciate it.
I've opened for a lot of great bands but I've yet to have any of them watch even part of my set. I know bands are busy, hungry, tired, etc... but, it makes our day to know you support us by showing up to watch a song or two. (You were all openers once, yeh?) Thanks again for supporting the people who support you.
Last week after the concert in Antwerp, Belgium I drove home and listened in the car to a CD of CC and I sang along. Maybe nothing very spectacular, but it was for me. I never do that or dare to do that. As a child I was always told that I could not sing. Since a few months I go to a sort of voice therapist because I always felt my throat was blocked. On Friday I went there again and the exercises went much better. It was if it made me free. When I went home I put the music back on and sang for 2 hours. And I don’t know why but also cried the whole afternoon. I wasn’t ashamed anymore to here my own voice. After those 2 hours I felt empty and heavy at the same time. Like a had been doing an intense workout. I can’t remember the last time I felt that way. Also all my anger and frustration that I normally feel were dissapeared.
I already said to myself for years to go to a concert of CC and never did. Also this time I didn’t buy the ticket in advance, not that I didn’t want to go. But it seems I don’t award myself nice things, it’s like I have to deserve it. And because I’m not working for a long time know, I don’t deserve things like that. But Wednesday I suddenly had the feeling that I had to be there, and that was also the feeling I had during the concert. I am where I have to be right now. I truly enjoyed it.
For me this singing is a big change. I felt alive. For years I’m struggling with depression and a type of PTSS. But now I have the feeling that the worst time has passed. I still have a long way to go and since a few months I’m succeeding in reducing my medication. It’s sometimes difficult because the less medication I take, the more feelings there are to cope with. But it’s worth it and important for me that these feelings are allowed, because they weren’t in the past.
I’m really on a journey to find myself and have to quit a lot of things I’m doing, say goodbye to people that I know for years because I’m know finally getting to know myself and see that I’m totally different from who I thought I was. I was just behaving like people expected me to.
I don’t know where this singing is taking me, is this just a period in my life that I go through or can this singing really help me in my life, can it become a way to express myself?
Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for this new discovery for me because it’s because of your music, lyrics and voice that this was possible. Take care, Ilse
Hi Adam...I can't belive I am writing this! Counting Crows has been my fvorite band since I was 15 years old (which was in 1995 :) I have seen you in concert more than 10 times in Texas and Colorado mostly. I have your music playing all the time! For 17 years. It never gets old to me. Actually, it is my best therapy! If I get to feeling down, or like life is getting too hard, I listen to your music and I remember all the things Ive been through in my life and you were there with me. Your heartache, and love, and real life you express in your songs brings me closer to you, humanity, and God. Truly. I will always love you and feel a very deep connection. Someday, I hope we can actually meet each other, be it this life or the next! Much love always! Thank you Forever :)
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