In October 2009, one of my most highly respected groups – Copeland – announced that they would be disbanding following a farewell tour the following Spring.  The post announcing the break-up generated over 600 comments, the majority of which reflected shock and sadness at the revelation.  My feelings were the same.

Copeland created music that was, for lack of a better term, life-affirming.  It’s the kind of music that invites you to listen – alone in your room, driving down the road, somewhere focus is possible.  It requires reflection to appreciate and it carries none of the flashy affectation that has become the hallmark of so much music today.  Aaron Marsh’s falsetto and the band’s ability to combine subtlety and intensity in the same record gave the band a platform that none of Copeland’s contemporaries have yet been able to share.

Read through the lyrics of any Copeland original and you will find a thoughtful commentary on life, love, sadness, hope, and despair.  Soaking in the words and the heartfelt effort behind turning them into song has proven cathartic during some of the most emotional and stressful times in my life and I know I’m not alone in that.

I was able to see Copeland live twice before it was all said and done.  No matter the bands touring with them – whether they were punk, rock, or some other genre – a hush always fell over the crowd when Copeland took the stage.  There was a sort of reverence among Copeland fans that held everyone in the room at rapt attention when Aaron sat down at the piano.

I believe Copeland’s music will serve to inspire a new generation of songwriters willing to bare their hearts to their listeners.

Thanks for the memories, guys.  I think you’ll be proud of your legacy.

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