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    Hello friends. And thank you.

    Thank you for spending time on our site, listening to our music, reading about what we are doing, looking at our silly videos, and writing us messages. Thank you for your kind words, your criticism, and your genuine thoughts about how to make this project a little bit more successful, piece by piece. And of course, thank you for your friendship.

    For almost exactly a month now, we have been translating our recorded music into a live show. We have played five shows between Kansas City, MO and Columbia, MO, and a lot of you have given us ideas for how to improve our live set, whether it is, “Mark, take off your shirt!” or taking mental notes and sharing them with us later. In between these shows, we have all been hard at work, rehearsing the songs, playing with the order, and brainstorming daily to find genuine moments of excitement to share with you on stage.

    But off stage and out of the rehearsal space, we have been spending most of our time these days researching venues, contacting bands, writing personal messages – we need to hear what strangers think of us as well. It has been difficult! There are so many pieces to the puzzle when trying to take a project like this to the next level, and if you are lucky enough to notice the small successes that you do have on a daily, bi-daily, or weekly basis, then you know that shortly after success, you find even more work to be done. The process is dizzily cyclical.

    So for the past three weeks, I have been doing the best I know how to try to book shows. And this is the weirdest thing ever. Factors upon factors upon factors that go into the equation of getting a show as a brand new band. We are learning. We are listening, and we are doing what we can. Which usually involves writing somewhere between 25-50 e-mails a night. But many of you have helped us. And we are thankful.

    One e-mail, sent late Monday night, was sent to the fine fellows at LEMP ARTS in St. Louis, MO, requesting a show / trying to get our music out to someone in the area who could help us start establishing ourselves in this network. Our new friend Charlie at Lemp Arts not only responded to our e-mail (sometimes, even THAT is rare), but he provided some of THE most honest feedback we have encountered so far:

    (PARAPHRASING) “I’ve gone through more trouble than I want to discuss trying to get bands to play the show that thursday.. I need to do good for Skeletonbreath, and all the money this show will make is likely going to them.. Unless you can guarantee me that 50 people will show up to see you play, I mean promise me and write it out in blood, then I can’t book you here in May..”

    He also has THE coolest pseudonym ever – “Charlie Moneybags” – but the reason that I am so thankful for people like Charlie is that he cares about booking that show. He cares about paying bands who are traveling. He cares about people coming to a show to see a band that is out of town. He does his job well. And we want to learn how to be a band that works with people who care about what they do. Because we care about what we do.

    If you read this, and you are in the St. Louis area, please go support the show he is putting on. Here is the information:

    Who: Skeletonbreath / Bootz Orchestra
    When: Thursday, May 7
    Where: 3301 Lemp / St. Louis, MO 63118