I, like many, have been listening to Neutral Milk and became interested in the mystery. The music is so captivating, and I think the mystery of Mr. Mangum is too. As disappointing as it is that Neutral Milk hasn't released an album in 10 years and very well might not release one ever again, I completely understand where he is coming from. He didn't want fame, he just wanted to fulfill his dream and stay underground. This is the only band that i've come across that has actually stopped music, most other bands would just let fame scoop them up and ride with it. I think he wants to be seen as just a person, but what he doesn't realize is that there are tons of odd, off-beat people out there that have such strong connections with the music.
The beauty in Neutral Milk Hotel is that only certain people can enjoy it, and see the beauty in it, because it's so different than all types of other music. The lyrics take some time figuring out, they don't just hit you. I find such beauty in that. In my opinion, Jeff accomplished great things, and hopefully the things he set out to do in the first place- he established music that hadn't ever been before, something brand new, but you were emotionally tied to it in some way. All of Neutral Milk's songs really have a mystery to them, and it illustrates a lot about Jeff.
Personally, I think everyone should enjoy & embrace what Neutral Milk Hotel has put out. It was way better of Jeff to disappear than to become a 60 year old overplayed, unhappy burn out.
And Jeff- If you still read what people say, and happen to stumble across this, i hope you are having fun in your cave. And i hope you're happy. Maybe in the future I will have the opportunity to meet you, Neutral Milk is what gave me the drive and passion to pick up music again. It's given me hope that there are "weird" people out there like me. Thank you.
And thank you so much for writing this article, it has answered so many of my questions.
By the way,
i'm also 14. everyone says i look like anne frank... and i'm about an hour from Athens, where all of my extended family lives. It's awesome to think a band this innovative was once so close to here.
Can't wait to crank this in my car one day.
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