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Featured article: What I've Been Up To Since I Left School

Cuomo's Harvard ID.

What I've Been Up to Since I Left School is an essay that Rivers Cuomo wrote when applying for readmission to Harvard in 2004. It touches upon his efforts to develop a formula for pop songwriting, his first forays into Vipassana meditation, and more. The text below is an excerpt - see the full article for the full essay.

After the initial failure of my band’s second album, Pinkerton, I decided not to return to school in the fall of 1997, instead setting out on a mission to develop creative methods which would allow me to be more consistent as an artist. Above all, I wanted to cure myself of the Romanticism which I believed was to blame for my failure.

Throughout 1998 and 1999 I engaged in hundreds of song-experiments. I filled notebooks and cassette tapes. I drew graphs, tables, and charts. I studied other songwriters’ methods. I took hundreds of pages of notes on the creative process, mostly from Nietzsche, but also from Goethe and Stravinsky.

At first, I maintained a relatively normal social life, playing and coaching soccer and continuing my classical piano studies with Bruce Sutherland. Eventually, however, I became more and more isolated. I unplugged my phone. I painted the walls and ceiling of my bedroom black and covered the windows with fiberglass insulation. I disciplined myself to the extreme. My goal was to purge myself of all weakness so that I could write “perfect” songs as reliably as a machine.

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Featured song: Play on spotify.png [Everybody Wants a Chance to Feel All Alone "{{{2}}}"]

"Everybody Wants a Chance to Feel All Alone" is a demo recorded by Weezer during their "Office Demo," sessions from 2002 to 2008.

Also known as RC #397, the song first appears in the Recording History with the title "Furthest of Seas". It is unknown what is different between the two songs. The first known appearance of the song is on October 9, 2002, at the S.I.R. studios in Los Angeles. Rivers Cuomo was the only one present on the recording.

The song's next appearance is as "Everybody Wants a Chance to Feel All Alone", on November 1, 2002 at the SIR acoustic rehearsal. Also recorded here was an acoustic demo of "Private Message", which has been released online for free. Following this appearance, the song was frequently rehearsed by the band acoustically. It was even played live at the Hotel Cafe on November 3, but no recording is known to exist. It is believed that the version fans have is from the November 1 set.

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A handwritten note from Brian Bell to fans from 2001. That year on Christmas, the splash page featured handwritten Christmas greetings from each member of the band.
December 25, 2001
Photo credit: Karl Koch/Brian Bell

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On this day... October 20

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RIP Ric Ocasek

Ric Ocasek, who produced Weezer's first, third, and ninth studio albums, has passed away at age 75. Weezer owes much of their success to his artistry, guidance, and influence. He will be dearly missed.

--MyNameIsJason (talk) 00:49, 16 September 2019 (UTC)
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