As many of you may have heard, my older sister, Meg, is choosing to leave the band for a while and do her own thing.
I don't know how long "a while" might be. It could mean forever...or not. But I know that she knows she always has a place with us whenever she wants it, whether it's on stage, in the studio, or just writing songs together in the living room.
It's been a long (and amazing journey) of playing music together and creating. We started our very first band over 10 years ago in Utah!
I believe that she feels it is her time now: A time for love and discovery and art and adventure. (Even though she is leaving the band now, she is not leaving music. She will still write and create music, so keep updated with all of her ventures on her blog or twitter or face book).
(If you want to read about her leaving, go to her blog first).
She will not be touring with us in June. Instead, our friend, the amazing Jimmy Welsh from Boston is coming out to join us. I think you guys will really like him! He is a hungry musician and singer/songwriter, and I am very happy and honored/excited to have him come out with us.
Nick, Carlo, and Jonathan will be on tour with us in June. And yes, I know that many of you know via Meg's blog that Nick (our drummer of 7 years) and her are dating and have been for years. I hope she doesn't mind me answering such personal questions, but a few have commented to me asking if Nick is leaving and if they're okay. Again, I hope Meg and Nick don't mind me harping on their very personal lives, but you guys are our close fans so.... Nick and Meg are doing very well. (It was his birthday yesterday)! Woot woot. And to answer many questions, Nick is staying with the band and you will see him in June as well. He is not leaving. Nick supports her decision, as she supports him in his every day ventures. :)
I was not surprised when Meg informed us she was quitting. It was sudden and hit hard, taking the breath out of me, but surprised....no. She's always been a very independent woman, and has so many dreams and goals and aspirations that are different than mine. Even though we are sisters, and very close at that, literally and emotionally (she's 2 years older) we have always been very different. Even playing in Meg and Dia, we wrote our songs very separately. (For example, on a 12 song album, maybe 5 would be written by me, 6 by her, and 1 by both of us collaboratively).
It is now her time to grow in a new way. Away from the van and trailer, and days spent traveling on the road. Away from the fast paced race of Los Angeles.
You can expect new music from her, new jewelry designs ( I have her latest one...and it's awesome. Shhh! Surprise). And just anything involving art really. Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised by anything Meg decides to do in the future. She's an adventurer. I'm ready for that phone call of, "Hey. I'm opening up a restaurant. I'm auditioning for a movie. I'm playing piano in the orchestra of a broadway show. I've started my own business. I'm interning for a dress designer...." Any of that. I wouldn't be surprised at all.
She's always been very talented and seems to always succeed in anything she puts her mind to. Dedication comes with ambition, to her. She's never been one to say, "I wish I could do that..." She just does it.
That's always been something I've admired in her very much.
Maybe years from now she'll want a "vacation" and come out on the road with us for a few weeks. Or maybe you'll see her on the road in her new musical projects on her own, or at a jewelry convention, etc.
Keep up with us all :) We're a band of 5 best friends with so many dreams (different and alike) in our paths.
Thank you very much for all your support and love.