Tuesday, July 14, 2020

AM@Random – 11:11 – 20 Years On

As he completed the recording of Everything in Transit in June 2005, Andrew McMahon (already known for his work with Something Corporate and songs like "I Woke Up in a Car," "Cavanaugh Park," and "As You Sleep") was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. After a successful bone marrow transplant, he was cancer-free in August of that year. His band, Jack's Mannequin, would go on to record two more LPs and then retire the name. His latest band, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, has had three successful LPs. He was nominated for an Emmy in 2013.

Through his illness, Andrew took the initiative to establish the Dear Jack Foundation. From the website: "In an effort to initiate change and provide a voice for the generations of young adults who have been diagnosed with cancer, Andrew founded the Dear Jack Foundation in July of 2006." Alongside the Dear Jack Foundation, are organizations like 11:11am, who support charities like Dear Jack and the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation.

11:11 comes from the Something Corporate epic "Konstantine": "I always catch the clock
It's 11:11." The phrase is one associated with hope. 11:11 is believed to be the time to make a wish. As a funding source, 11:11am sells orange wrist bracelets with funds supporting Dear Jack and others.

It's now 20 years since Something Corporate's 1st EP, Ready…Break, was released and "Konstantine" is still Andrew’s most requested song. A song he rarely plays, it is one of my favorites, as well as my oldest daughter’s.

Looking through some old collectibles the other day, I found my 11:11 bracelet. In this roiling world of Covid19 and social unrest, we forget that there are those who need us, many of them children who don't care about politics; all they want is to hurt less. I always want to bring to the milesfromnowhere/AM reader new music, and this time, hopefully, as well, awareness of a way to give.

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