[11.22.63- Dallas] When I was about 12 or 13 years old I visited Dealey Plaza in Dallas for the first time with my dad, my best friend Joseph, and his dad Dean. I knew JFK had been killed there, and that there were a ton of theories about what may or may not have been the reasoning behind his assassination, but that was basically it. But as we walked around the plaza, went to the 6th Floor Museum, and were handed pamphlet after pamphlet about how the CIA, FBI, Cuba, Russia, and the Mafia all could’ve been involved, I was instantly captivated.
For me conspiracy theories about JFK’s assassination were always a topic I was thrilled to talk about. Why was Oswald in Mexico City? Did he actually pull the trigger? What about a second shooter? Why did Kennedy lunge back if he was hit from behind? The list goes on and on. So I started reading. I bought every book that interested me, and I watched every documentary I could possibly find. The result: my unwavering belief in the Warren Commissions findings. Oswald absolutely killed the president and was absolutely the lone assassin. He was a loser, he wasn’t an amazing shot, his wife had just left him, Cuba and Russia both didn’t want him though he wanted refuge there. There just isn’t anything there. Every thread you pull at comes undone.
But the point of this isn’t about conspiracies. As this year rolled around and I knew it was going to be the 50th anniversary of the assassination my interest was peaked once again. Once I started reading all of these books though, I found out the most interesting thing. What was even more interesting than this mans death, was his life. He truly lived the most amazing, movie-like, unbelievable life of anyone I’ve ever heard. He was accidentally a war hero, his family was plagued with tragedy after tragedy, he was hanging with Sinatra and having affairs with movie stars. He was the President. He had an intelligent, beautiful wife. These all sound dumb when I type them, but just all of the stories there are about him, it’s insane really (would highly recommend reading Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilley btw. Completely non-partisan, just recounts true stories of JFK’s life. Really only one chapter is about his death)
So that’s why I’m in Dallas right now. I won a ticket lottery to go to the memorial service of the 50th anniversary of the assassination in Dealey Plaza. But this isn’t a celebration of his death at all, it’s a celebration of his life.
I’m not a political guy at all. I try to stay as far away from any of that as possible, honestly. I know JFK wasn’t the best president ever, not that it matters, but he by far had the most interesting story to tell
If you don’t know about the Kennedy assassination definitely do some quick internetting. It’s a very interesting story for sure. You’ll probably develop your own theory if you dig deep enough. And if you have a weak stomach avoid anything with the name “Zapruder” by it. Or “Frame 313”
I had a really positive day today. Had some much needed talks with some old friends, and even some new, that reminded me of why I’m doing this. Have been so focused on the negative id forgotten the biggest positive. I get to do what I love most, full time, for my life. I couldn’t stop that if I tried. And I won’t. Gonna be creating for your ears as long as you’ll listen
Looking forward to the future
This year has just been letdown after letdown. So happy with the new cd, and grateful we got to go to Japan/are going to Europe. But on the mainland side of things, it’s just bummer after bummer. Really hope things change for us soon. Even when we think it is, that gets thrown back in our face
[watch] Moonrise Kingdom. One of the best movies I’ve seen this year. Cute, smart, funny, and extremely well shot. Check it out ASAP
with all of that said. i think i just needed to get that out of me, i’m going to spend the rest of my time focusing on turning it all around and doing my best to represent what i think is best about music. stay positive
Anonymous asked: You are honestly so amazing Matt and reading that broke my heart. I live in Colorado and I want more than anything to see you guys live. I support you so much and you guys deserve so much more than you're getting right now.
You’re very very sweet. Thank you Anon