03 April 2014 @ 10:51 am
Twitter Post: Gerard  
Gerard Way @gerardway
3rd April 2014 from TwitLonger

For anyone concerned with interaction/fanbase matters:

I want to start by saying that there are a lot of really positive people out there. It may seem like I don't always see you but I like to think that I do.

As far as yesterday is concerned, the last thing I'd want anyone to feel is that I have a general perception of you all as overwhelmingly negative. That is not the case. In an effort to try and help people understand certain things, as a communicator, sometimes it is easier to deal with something when it is directly brought to you, maybe by someone that is confused. People that communicate and connect with each other have a strong desire to be understood. It was heartbreaking to see positive and supportive people take some sort of burden of guilt on themselves. You are better than that- and if you are someone that spreads positivity and love then you should know who you are and take ownership of that, because it is no easy feat.

But it had occured to me, that maybe there are some things about me you'd rather not understand. Not only do I fully appreciate that, I completely understand and respect it- in some ways I yearn for it.

I always had my work to speak for me, and when that was gone, this was the only thing I had. You'd rather hear music and see art, and I'd rather be making it.

The seperation between myself and information MCR related is not a separation of myself from the very thing which I helped create with everyone. It would be untrue to myself and what I feel, to disregard something I am so proud of and like to look back upon. And all of the related art, memories, and sentiments having to do with that special thing are, as always, more than welcome.

But a seperation between myself, and the gorey details of the goings-on needs to happen.

It has been a very enlightening and fun year, as I mentioned in a previous twitlonger. In a year that should have been 100% brutal, I feel like we found moments where we could laugh as well as mourn. That's a really special thing. But it has been painfully obvious in recent months, that not only do I not posess all of the information required to keep this up, I do not posess the fortitude. It has never been my thing to explain, though this year I feel like I've done that quite a bit. And that is surely being untruthful to myself.

I'd like to think I tried things differently, to try and connect in a way that maybe all of us weren't used to, and may appreciate. I acomplished that. And I do feel most people have appreciated this. But aside from how I may feel about yesterday, with that situation completely removed, I began to feel like it was my job to perform on here, and this is not my arena. I also feel that it is time to seperate, at least for the time being, from the notion of following people that I have met through my @ replies. I don't know if this will ever change back, and this is not a punishment but a much healthier usage of this platform. This is something I came to the conclusion on months ago, though I kept fighting with myself over it, going back and forth.

To anyone that was in my timeline, I had a lot of fun and learned a lot of things, but in some ways it started to feel like exclusion, and that is never something I was a fan of. I may follow people in this way again, because it is my account of course, and it may even happen tomorrow, but at this moment the bulk of this type of interaction needs to come to an end. Please don't take any of this personal.

Even this much explaining doesn't suit me, but I feel that it is a position I have put myself in, and I'd like to go back to what I'm good at. So again, moving toward the future and changing, it is what I will do.

Thanks for listening/reading and I will see you all out here, out there, wherever we end up,
21 January 2014 @ 09:35 am
Twitter Post: Gerard  
“Fake Your Death”

Somewhere in the liner notes for “May Death Never Stop You”, there are written statements about each song on the collection. These statements were contributed by the members of the band and reflect their personal thoughts on the songs (dispersed to members at random). There is however, one song that bears no statement.

I consider “Fake Your Death” to be the “last MCR song”, and to me, it is absolutely the final fully realized collaboration between the members of the band. Oddly, or fittingly, it was written while the Los Angeles Kings beat the New Jersey Devils and won the Stanley Cup, though this did not inform or inspire the song as I was unaware (along with James and Doug) that this was happening and have only a small interest in sports. After the game, the rest of the band had arrived at the studio where we added elements to its existing structure, fleshing it out some more, and it started to form.

What was not so obvious at the time was that the song was, and would serve as, a eulogy for the band, though I should have known it from the lyrics. I think internally I did, as I felt an odd sense of sadness and loss after hearing back the words on top of the music. I also felt a strange sense of pride in how honest it was, and could not remember a band recording a song of this nature, being so self-aware. Ending felt like something honest, and honest always feels like something new.

So it will exist, and it is no cowardly act to release something of this nature, but a service to those who believed in a band that did not compromise, and a wave goodbye to all. And yes, it is fucking heartbreaking.

And while I don’t believe the lyrics of the chorus today- I did at the time, which to me is a core ingredient to the music of MCR. And it is through that belief, and yours, that we were able to achieve many beautiful things.

-G.Way, Los Angeles, 1-20-14

Mod Note: May Death Never Stop You is available for preorder on mychemicalromance.com.
25 May 2013 @ 09:15 am
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