Dean Morgan

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I met Casey Crescenzo

I got a "Storytime with Casey" ticket for TDH's Atlanta show last night and got to sit down with him and ~20 other fans to talk about his music for an hour. Got a picture too. He's a super nice, down-to-earth guy, and it was really cool hearing him talk about his songwriting process and what went through his head when creating the concept. And the actual concert was kickass. Below are some of the things I remember him talking about during the talk.
1The Dear Hunter
Act I: The Lake South, the River North

The recurring motifs and inside references aren't just backwards-looking. Some moments from early Acts reference plot points from later ones; for example, "Battesimo del Fuoco" references the fire in Act V. And there are apparently bits and pieces of Act VI throughout Acts I-V.
2The Dear Hunter
Act II: The Meaning of, & All Things Regarding Ms. Leading

Casey chose the time period for the story because it's close enough to the present to be considered contemporary, but far enough away to be considered history. He referenced Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, which was sort of the turning point where the dominance of orchestral music gave way to blue collar music.
3The Dear Hunter
Act III: Life and Death

"Go Get Your Gun" is intended to be a sort of drinking song that the soldiers would sing around the campfire. Casey was inspired by songs from the time period with silly, very literal lyrics--the example he gave was a song with the lyric, "Yes, we have no bananas," which was literally about a fruit stand salesman telling customers he has no bananas.
4The Dear Hunter

Casey is working on a side project with Andy Hull. They already have a name, and it will sound nothing like either The Dear Hunter or Manchester Orchestra.
5The Dear Hunter

Indigo was Casey's favorite color EP to work on, and he wants to make a full-length album with a similar sound after he's finished with Act VI.
6The Dear Hunter
Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise

"King of Swords (Reversed)" began as sort of an impromptu jam during band practice, during which the whole band was laughing. Then Casey realized it actually sounded good, and said, "Okay, this is no longer a joke. We're actually doing this."
7The Dear Hunter
Act V: Hymns With The Devil In Confessional

"A Beginning" is essentially the "to be or not to be" soliloquy of the story, with Hunter ultimately deciding to kill himself.
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