Two weeks into the year. I once read it takes 14 days to make a habit. I just Googled that to fact check, and it’s apparently 21 days, so I’ve been lied to my whole life, pretty much.
Completely unrelated to the previous statement: it must be fate that led to this record falling on today.
I say that because today, January 14th, Brooklyn native Kevin Devine launched a Kickstarter to fund his seventh AND (!) eighth studio albums, and subsequent tours thereof. He set a threshold of $50,000.
This normally wouldn’t be much to write about, but as of 8:45 pm, and while writing this with Split the Country, Split the Street (and not “Sheet” as I inadvertently tweeted earlier today- mortifying) playing in the background, he has raised $47,910.
If you know anything about Kickstarter, you’ll know that a campaign will either go exceptionally well, just barely squeak by, or fall completely, totally, irrevocably flat on its face. There’s not really a category for “marginally-well performing” or “almost made it!”
That said, I couldn’t be happier for KevDev, or as I occasionally write, “Kevine Devine.” When I met him last year in St. Petersburg after opening for mewithoutYou, he was gracious and humble, very down to earth and easy to talk to. It just so happens that he’s also a super talented and hardworking guitarist and singer.
It is now 9:04 pm, and it’s fully funded. In the time it took me to write this out while listening, $3000+ was raised, and the project eclipsed $50,000 in less than 12 hours.
This is the type of generosity and outpouring of support that redeems my faith in humanity, if only for a brief minute.
I don’t know that I really have much else to say about Split the Country, Split the Street in reflection of what happened today.
All I’ll say is that you should listen to Kevin Devine if you haven’t already.
Standout tracks: “Cotton Crush” and “No One Else’s Problem”
Weakest track: N/A
RIYL: Acoustic, singer-songwriter solo stuff. Right Away, Great Captain!, Brand New, mewithoutYou. The Brand New “Fight Off Your Demons” demo/album that never got released.