You may remember I introduced you to a great band called Whole Damn Mess a few weeks ago. Their debut album, The Queen and The Outkast, was just released, and as I mentioned before, some of the songs just have downright beautiful backstories.
As we approach Valentine’s Day, I’m so excited to share a little more about the love behind this album- it’s truly something out of a grown-up, rock ‘n roll fairytale. The Queen and The Outkast, on the surface, is the clichéd tale of two archetypes, the Rich Girl and the Bad Boy. Singer/songwriter Don Miggs shares a richly detailed truth in his revealing, autobiographical songs. In the process, Miggs realizes that having everything you need doesn’t mean that you should give up on what you’ve always wanted. How romantic, am I right?
Don used his wife Lisa as his muse throughout the (romantic) process of writing the quirky, honest, refreshing songs for the album. I must say, they make a gorgeous couple, and she is a beautiful muse. I’m sure writing about his love came effortlessly for Don.
On meeting Lisa, Don sings in the albums opener, “I blinked and then we were,” which is a touching story of their wedding day. Lisa is the daughter of a successful former football team owner, so falling for her opened up a whole new world for Don, who grew up with modest means in Long Island. This unlikely pair’s romance, life, and love story come wildly alive over the course of The Queen and the Outcast. The perfect Valentine’s Day love story, isn’t it?
Throughout the process, Miggs kept his handwritten copies of songs. I just love the doodles and drawings that helped him bring his ideas to life. What a refreshingly *normal* look into an artistic star’s thought process.
Don’s view of his work is equally romantic. “I want this music to be everything to someone, not something to everyone,” Don says. “I’d love to show people that no matter what you have, every day can still be the best day of your life.” If that’s not a romantic outlook on life, I don’t know what is. Continuing on his inspirational thoughts for the album, Don says, “It would be cool if this album gave even one person the hope to dream a little bigger than they have been.” And on that note, I can’t help but smile.
The Queen and The Outcast Tracklisting
3) Be Good To Yourself
5) That’s Just How It Goes
6) Maybe We Should Do It
8) Summer Under Covers
9) When She Says
10) Got You Stuck in My Head
Disclosure: I was compensated by One2One Network for my honest review of this album, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.