I’ve created a Facebook page for The Eleventh Hour. “Why have you created a Facebook page for The Eleventh Hour?” I imagine I hear you ask. Well… I must admit it is not something that is at the top of the band’s agenda. Put simply, we are here to make the best music known to man. We are about half way through the album and all is going well. We feel the songs are hitting whatever marks we want them to hit. In fact we are painting the marks. The great thing about not being on any bandwagon or being part of any ‘scene’ is that we can therefore decide on the terms of engagement. The rules so to speak. We are drip feeding you The Eleventh Hour songs – not to irritate you… but to allow you, the select few, to hear a work in progress. This ‘drip feed’ also has the benefit of allowing Bill and I to ‘live’ with the material – to get a feel for which order the songs should be placed in. We realise the era of the ‘album’ is likely over – but it doesn’t mean thought shouldn’t be put into the ‘whole’. The ‘whole’ is the flow of the songs. Sure – you’re all gonna re-order it on your i-pod, or… select shuffle /shudder. But that shouldn’t be on our agenda. We are here to give you a performance. An album is a performance. Perhaps a dying art… but still an art nonetheless.
So… back to the topic at hand. Facebook. Why Facebook? Well, The Eleventh Hour is still a private deal. A deal between us and you. The Facebook page gives you an opportunity to easily share our music with your friends. It also gives you the chance to comment on the songs. Perhaps it will help us determine the final track listing that will be made public. I suppose the Facebook thing is just a little step towards opening up The Eleventh Hour music to the world. The songs are not downloadable and cannot as yet be bought… but that is still not the point right now. The point is that we want to keep our music in the public domain – and Facebook is just one way amongst many to expand that domain. The Facebook way of doing things has obvious flaws. To outsiders the perceived importance of a band’s Facebook page is assessed purely on how many people ‘like’ it. Well, although we would obviously hope you would all be ‘liking’ the page anyway… at this stage, the number of ‘likes’ is not important. The page is just another sentence in the conversation we are having with you. When the album is finalised and we open it up completely to the world then maybe ‘like’s will sit more heavily on our backs. Until then, we will just continue on our quest to capture more songs. They’re out there… roaming. We have nearly finished another one. In fact I have just added shakers and tambourines to it (insert repetitive hand motion gag here). It is a pretty song. A song for the summer. Next summer’s anthem? Stay tuned… it will be posted soon!
*** You’ll find the Facebook link in The Eleventh Hour drop down menu at the top of the screen! ***