A very well written article, Thomas. I think you highlighted a lot of the general feelings we've experienced with this record. You captured the reimagined tone featured in "Empty Apartment" - and so many other songs all those little nuances in Ryan's voice that fluctuate. You're right - that it's not going to be the same like the first time we bonded with these songs and made those first initial memories, but what's I've experienced is that it's kind of like a layer - whether in Final Cut Pro or Photoshop - you have this file/song open and there's a new layer of depth that adds a luster to the song as a whole.
Also, I give props and credit to C.J. Vanston for that piano rendition of ONe YeaR, SiX MonThs.
And I was impressed with the vocals on "View From Heaven" by Tiffany Villarreal.
They sound pretty comparable to the original female vocalist on the track, Alieka Wijnveldt.
In the booklet, you'll see the write up from each of the members - how Ocean Avenue has been special to each of them, and I was very intrigued to see Ryan Mendez' input, since he was not a member when this album was released, but how he came to love, learn, and represent some of these songs every night - that were once gems just heard in a van 10 years ago.
With that being said, I just watched Beyond Ocean Avenue: Live at the Electric Factory the DVD last week - and I'm curious what Ben Harper's and Pete's memories are about the album - how it still has shapes their lives in some way shape, or form - even if that chapter of their lives has ended. I saw on the DVD that Pete played the piano parts for "Only One" which was an interesting fun fact to pick up on.
I listened to Jason's lost (and found)
Ryan Key phone interview (that's in the podcast section) which Ryan touches on a lot of these issues - how Sean the Bassist - it was an amicable split. Even though that interview is almost a year old there's definitely a lot to pick up from that - and it made me wonder what a new Yellowcard DOC would look like these days. Each member definitely has had their share of trials and triumphs in each of their life stories.