Thursday, March 1, 2012

A Response to the Million Dollar Question: "Is 'Meg and Dia' Over?"

People shuffled out the doors of "The Blind Pig" smiling and chatty with post-show energy. We had just finished playing our set.

He looked at me straight in the eyes and spoke in a solemn tone. "When will 'Meg and Dia' make another record?" I hesitated and anxiously glanced around the venue. What answer could I offer this hopeful guy I had just met? "You can tell me the truth!" he insisted.

Have you seen that scene in one of the last Shrek movies where Puss n' Boots needs a favor from Donkey? The camera focuses in on Puss n' Boots little eyes as they grow larger and more adorable. That is how this guy looked at our show last night in Akron, Ohio. I could only respond with the truth, "I don't know."

This isn't the first time I've been asked this question. The most common two questions I am asked lately are:

1. Are you going to try out for "The Voice"?

2. What is next for "Meg and Dia"? (Well, that's a nicer version of the other way this question is asked: Is "Meg and Dia" over?)

No, I am not going to try out for "The Voice". I believe a person does well in life who understands their strengths and weaknesses, and let's just say I understand mine.

Now, as for the "Meg and Dia" question. I think what needs to be understood is that a "band" is ACTUALLY the people who reside within that entity. Yup, it's true. "Meg and Dia" is actually: Meg, Dia, Jonathan, Nick, and Carlo.

I know our name has changed. I know that we haven't played "Monster" or "Roses" in a few years. My name doesn't appear before Dia's in the marque. All of these are true statements. You are right. 

However, we are STILL the same people doing basically the same thing. Music and bands, like love and life, are not static. All of these concepts ebb and flow like waves in the ocean. (Corny metaphor I know, but strikingly accurate!) We've all seen natural progressions within bands and music. Band members rotate. (Thankfully ours haven't since the current line up came together!). Musical styles progress. "Thrice", one of my favorite bands growing up, has been releasing music lately that is nothing like the music they made when I completed my freshman year in high school. Nevertheless, I love the maturity of their music now just as much or even more so than before. 

I know sometimes change can be bittersweet. Remember, a record or an album is a "recording" of how that artist dreamed at that point in their life.  An album is simply a memory from the past to revisit and enjoy again and again.

Baby Meg and Dias!
So, I guess what I'm asking is for everyone to move forward with us, in whatever form that might be. We are still the same five people being creative in all of our unique ways, together and sometimes apart.

Also, thank you from the bottom of my heart for wanting more from "Meg and Dia" for not letting us go. I hear you.

Honestly,
Meg

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  1. I get what you're saying. I guess the nice thing about you all touring as Meg & Dia is that we get to here the songs that have been close to us for a long time... change is hard to get used to. I'm expecting to be blown away still this weekend though. I've grown to love Dia's record as well.

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    1. We are still playing "Love Is" and "Bandits", two songs from "Meg and Dia's" Cocoon album at Dia Frampton headlining shows. So at least people will get a little taste. Change is hard to get used to. I totally agree. I suppose I should have touched more on how it wasn't an easy transition for myself...next blog post maybe?

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  2. As long as you guys keep making beautiful music together this girl will be happy! I fell in love during the monster and roses era but just because its not that era anymore doesn't mean im not still falling.

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    1. You know what Bailey, I think I fell in love with music during the "monster", "roses" era. I think during that time I was so upbeat and the industry didn't bang on me with all the "rules of the game". It was a very happy, innocent, carefree time. Sure did learn a lot, but there is still lots to learn, and lots and lots of music to play and write.

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  3. "Roses" by another Band name would sound as sweet!
    Change is hard for everyone and especially the band going through it. I know that when "The Voice" made Dia a household name, I am sure that you guys were like "Great, what happens to the rest of us now?" I think the balancing of what "Dia Frampton" music is with what "Meg and Dia" music is really what is the question. Everyone wants to categorize you guys. Why can't you make whatever music you want. Don't worry too much about the business, the industry is fickle. I know I will listen and buy your music and so will many others. "Do what you want to do, be who you want to be." You can't please everyone anyway.

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    1. I hate to admit it, but the "what will happen to ME" thought was the first thing that came to my mind. After I freaked out... then I was like, "Oh yeah, and congratulations Dia!" ha ha. Bad sister.I think your question is a great topic for one of my next blog posts as well. How does this new "entity" work as "Dia Frampton" is something we are all still working on. I know I can't please everyone, but Meg and Dia fans are so freakin awesome I feel like I can do no wrong. I'm spoiled in that sense.

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  4. Even if "Meg & Dia" never releases another track as a band, you guys will have thousands of fans. I know I'll always be a fan of each and every one of the members. You, Meg, are a fantastic person. So are Dia, Carlo, Jonathon, and Nick. You guys have gained so many loyal fans who will follow you guys their whole lives. If Meg & Dia releases a new record someday, fantastic. If the band breaks up and each person goes their seperate way (I hope that wouldn't ever happen to you guys!), so be it. Each and every one of you will have fans who love you and will follow you on your new adventures. It's best to answer the question the band seems to be asked daily with "I don't know" because nobody ever knows what the future holds.

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    1. Thank you. I'm pretty sure we will AT LEAST release another track as "Meg and Dia". I'm just not sure on the time frame. I'm overwhelmed by how loyal our followers have been and still are. I never realized it until all the support started pouring in with Dia doing all of her new stuff.

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  5. ever since i found out about "meg & dia" after dia was on the voice i refer you guys as "meg & dia" even when talking to people. then i have to remember that the band is currently under the name "dia frampton" so not as many people know who i'm talking about until i say "dia frampton". but i love you guys! you guys are so nice and down to earth and the pictures i took shows a millions words :). i'll always support all of you! :)

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    1. Liem, you didn't know about us until post "The Voice"? That's funny. I feel like I know you so well now, it's interesting to find out you are a newbie.

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    2. i know right? yeah, so disappointing that i'm a newbie lol! awww that's such a nice complement, but yeah it does also feel like i've known you guys a lot longer too!

      what's also sad is that when i went back to watch Dia's blind audition on "the voice" on YouTube like a month ago, I was like "OMG, that's meg! that's meg! i see Meg cheering Dia on from that room backstage!" LOL! i never noticed it when i watched "the voice" the first time around haha!

      but, better late than never right? i learned a lot about the band when i was writing up that blog about the Towson show :). that's what my blog is meant to do; share the world about a performer(s) that readers may or many not know and hope whoever reads my blog would check them out too :).

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  6. Meg, I have loved both of you since 'Our Home Is Gone'. Many of your songs, and albums for that matter, are an amazing soundtrack to my teenage years. Even to this day I'll play your songs to brighten my mood, or to get my thoughts in order. No matter what name you guys are creating music under, I know it will be amazing, and I will always be a fan. You're also a pretty freaking fantastic sister for supporting Dia while she branches of. The connection you two have shows through your music, and that's not gonna stop just because the band does not go by 'Meg and Dia' anymore. I'm excited to see everything new that's in store!

    BTW, I'm in love with your cover of Animal. Please tell me there are more of your solo covers coming soon!

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  7. What I miss about Meg & Dia is your writing, Meg. Songwriting is most definitely one of your strengths.

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    1. Ah thank you. I actually just wrote some lyrics and a melody for Andrew Allen today on a song he had partially written. It's been awhile! Ha ha. I hope to have time to start writing more after this tour...

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  8. Thanks for the clarification, Meg. It's nice to hear it right from you. :)

    My Fiance and myself are big Meg & Dia fans. We watched Dia on the Voice with hopefulness, wondering what it would mean for the band. I am happy her success there is allowing you all to continue doing what you do best.

    Much like you, Thrice is one of my favorite bands. And I LOVE the progression they have made. I picked up "Red", and I have to be honest... I am struggling with it a little. I love all of Meg and Dia's previous albums, but it's just a little too different for me.

    I will continue to support and enjoy your music. :) I do hope some day another Meg and Dia album makes an appearance.

    Thanks for everything you do.

    -Christopher

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  9. Meg, I love your guys sound! I met both of you at warped tour back in Orlando in 2007 I think. You guys played an acoustic set in the hot sun under a tent. I really hope you guys continue! But I'm glad you're willing to roll with the punches.

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  10. I love the music of "Dia Frampton", but honestly, I love the style of "Meg & Dia" best, so I hope you guys do make more Meg & Dia records. But the most important thing is that you all stay together! I'll love ya'll no matter what :)

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  11. Thanks for this post. Sorry the "business" side of things got annoying a few years back. I'm so glad you got to put out Cocoon and those 2 EPs, which are my favorite "Meg & Dia" records.

    Oh, and I understand why you wouldn't want to try out for The Voice - that being said, I still have the download of Weeding Through The Rubble and listen to it often. Would love to hear more tunes from you, Meg. :)

    -Chris

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  13. I believe what constitutes "Meg & Dia" to us fans is Meg, Dia, Carlo, Nick, and Jonathan writing and creating music together. I think you guys get asked this question a lot because on Dia's RED album (which I adore), you weren't really involved with it as much as the Meg & Dia fans are used to. Dia wrote all the songs and collaborated with some big names in the music industry, but it wasn't the usual process where you and Dia write and create the songs together (with the exception of Hearts Out to Dry).

    Maybe that's what we're wondering, are you going to get more say in the writing process in Dia's future songs or will "Dia Frampton" remain a separate entity? Either way, You guys have all the support in the world.

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    1. Again... I don't know. She did invite me out for a month before her record came out to try and write as much as I could. I just couldn't be "creative" in that environment. Hopefully , I'll be more involved on the next record.

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  14. To quote Dia, "Just five simple people trying to make the best music we can". I'll admit, I'm a little new to the whole Meg & Dia scene, but through the tough times, the whirlwind of The Voice and the hopefully better times now, you have all kept trying to make the best music, from releasing your own album recorded in your mom's basement to covering songs and posting them on YouTube. I've never been more happy or excited about a band. It helps that you guys are so dedicated to the fans, blog posts about the tour and the quirks of life. So whatever happens, continue what your doing and we'll continue to love it.

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  15. Meg, I remember I was 18 years old when I first saw you guys live at The Vans Warped Tour. Your music, your style, everything related to me at that age. I mean you guys looked pretty badass- You with your guitar and cut-off shorts, Dia with her ripped jeans and cut-off shirt, the guys with their shirts off. Now I see you guys more sophisticated and still badass. You guys have evolve and grown not just as artist but as people, just like I have, and where you guys are right now, I am too, we are evolving together for i too am no longer like i was 6 years ago. I am happy to say we are growing up and maturing together. I like to listen to Meg and Dia's old tunes because it takes me back to when i was that young and it makes me reminisce on some of the best moments of my life, my youth, my transition of discovering myself.
    I'm glad that you guys never gave up on music because you're very talented, Thank you.

    I'll be honest and say that I stopped listening to you guys for about 2 years (not because I didn't like you guys anymore, but because I never heard about you guys again). Dia coming on The Voice made me realize what i fool i had been for abandoning you guys for those two years. I hadn't heard about Cocoon but as soon as i saw Dia on the Blind Auditions I looked into Meg and Dia again and it revived every memory in me. I bought cocoon and I was just glad to know that you guys were back in the game.

    Sadly some bands I too have grown up with, are leaving us, like Thrice, I can't believe their farewell tour is this summer :( Will you be attending any?

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    2. Actually, I didn't know about their farewell tour! Yes I will now! Thanks for sharing the news with all of us.

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  16. i want more 'Meg and Dia' but i will follow you and Dia and the guys in what ever you do.
    in a way you are a bit like
    my favorite band 'Toad the Wet Sprocket'
    Toad broke up years ago to go do solo stuff and start new bands but they still do small tours as 'Toad the Wet Sprocket

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    1. That's very encouraging to hear. Nick and I were talking about trying to work something out like this this morning.

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  17. Like many people here, I love everything you guys have done as a band since "Our Home Is Gone" all the way up to now too with Dia Frampton's "RED." The music you guys make together has changed so much over all that time and I still love it all.

    But the reason why I personally am eager to see "Meg & Dia" release another album is because I get the sense that "RED" is a pop album and sounds very different from the usual Meg & Dia stuff because it is released under a record label and is associated with The Voice. Even though I know you all got to be a part of it and are doing something new that the band is enjoying, I still get the impression that different music will come out of "Meg & Dia" as an independent band. Which I guess also is partly because of your larger involvement in writing the songs, Meg.

    Not that one is better than the other, but that both "Meg & Dia" and "Dia Frampton" make really good music that happens to come from the exact same group of people :] It's rare to have such a strange situation.

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    1. PR, actually I only really helped out with one song on her record, and it's not actually on her record. It's a iTunes exclusive that you can only get if you bought the album on iTunes. It's called "Hearts Out to Dry". The rest of the songs are all Dia.

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    2. I guess I'm saying what most other people are saying: it would be nice to hear more songs that both you and Dia write together. Again, that's not to say that I don't like what Dia alone writes, it's just that together you two write different types of songs. Equally as good. But different. We just can't help it as fans to want it all :] But whatever happens, "Meg & Dia" or "Dia Frampton," I will still always love and support this band and the music you guys make.

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  18. We'll support you no matter what the name on the CD is. One of my other favorite bands (Rilo Kiley) unfortunately broke up, but I have 7 albums of new music from their various solo projects that I would have missed out on otherwise. I know the situation is different with you, because you're still "together", but whatever music comes out under the "Dia Frampton" banner will be amazing, just like all of the "Meg & Dia" music. And as apprehensive as I'm sure you were before, I hope you're reassured by people still calling for those M&D songs at shows, and still appreciating everything you all do. ^_^

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  19. The style of music Dia has come up with for RED definetly is different. I think part of that is also because the record company gave her 2 months to right good songs....you guys usually take time to write your songs.

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  20. As an avid fan for years: as long as you guys are still doing your thing, that's all it takes to make me happy. Continue to do your thing. Everyone grows, and you as musicians are allowed to go through that process as well. Best of luck! I still cannot wait to see what's next in store from any/all of you guys.

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  21. I remember the first time I heard Meg & Dia. I was in the car, and "Roses" came on. After the song was over, my sister asked if I liked the song. I shrugged it off, and said that one of them looks like Jessica Alba. It's funny now when I think about it because it is now one of my favorite songs.
    A couple of months later, "Monster" came on, and that song blew me away. I asked her who sung that song, and she said, "Meg & Dia." Then, I went home, and I immersed myself with anything that was made from Meg & Dia. An hour later I knew that this band will go down as one of my favorite bands ever. Never before have I heard saw rawness in music before. You guys are so pure and beautiful in your music. You guys have saved my life too. You guys gave me songs to cry to, yet at the same time, you guys could give me a song to laugh to. That's the definition of a true band. You guys are so honest. I love that about you guys.
    This may sound a little sappy, but you guys aren't over. "Dia Frampton" is the new Meg & Dia. Her album picked up exactly where you guys left off. Honest lyrics, a pure voice. Nothing can beat that.
    People should know that this isn't a goodbye to "Meg & Dia." This is a new start with their lives with Dia leading them on.

    Love you guys! :)

    Bilal

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  22. I do miss the "Monster" "Roses" era like everyone else said. I remember the first song I heard was "Monster" and i HAD to get all my friends to listen to it and they did & they loved it! I remember getting the watching you perform without shoes and thought that was odd but cool, getting the band's autograph at Mountain View's Vans Warped Tour. I treasured that poster, but after moving out of my home for college my parents cleaned up my room and threw it away :( It was hard letting go of the poster and it'll be hard to transition to something new. I wish you all the best of luck for whatever comes! LOOVE LOOVE you guys!

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  23. I'm speaking from the point of view of a newbie fan who did not discover Meg & Dia music until Dia was on The Voice. I have read many of Dia's and Meg's interviews and blog posts and fan tweets. And I notice there are 4 things that even long-time fans keep saying on this tour that are indicative of the band's difficulties in recent years:

    "I used to listen to you guys." [Why did you stop listening?]
    "When are you coming out with an album?" [It's been out for months!]
    "How did I not know you were coming to my town?" [Arghhh!]
    "When are you coming to _____?" [We were there last week!]

    How very frustrating it must be for artists to hear this, particularly since they've been working hard writing & recording, touring, and doing everything possible to publicize themselves with or without a major record deal.

    The harsh truth that fans don't think about is that a signed band MUST sell enough records to make a good profit for the record label, or else it's goodbye. It's not about charity, folks.

    Releasing a record independently costs money, too, and the artist has to find ways to make it and publicize it without the influence and backing of a record label--and somehow pay the bills for living expenses.

    In the end, if what an artist is doing is not getting a good enough response to stay in business--and make no mistake, it is a tough business to support oneself--then it's time to go in a different direction (stylistically, or in a different field altogether) to find something that works.

    I applaud Dia for her courage and determination to "do something" for her band by entering The Voice competition, even if it was out of desperation.

    On my first listen of "Red", I wasn't sure I liked it, because I loved the covers that Dia performed on The Voice and on Youtube. But by the 2nd and 3rd time, I knew that I loved the new album. In fact, I've listened to it nearly every day since it came out on Dec 6, 2011. I've never been so enthusiastic about an entire album before.

    It is totally unfair for folks to demand that artists stop growing and to stay the same way that they always remembered, especially when that way no longer works. To stop growing would feel like a slow death through boredom and even resentment at feeling trapped, and that applies to anyone.

    Fans, remember that the next time you complain that the latest album "doesn't sound the same" as the last one. Please have some respect for the artist.

    Don't be lazy: Seek out your favorite artists and make an effort to keep up with them. Meet them halfway. They need and deserve your support.

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    1. Sorry for unloading with a very long post. One more thought and I'll be quiet for a while:

      An analogy might be the Beatles. Most of their earliest hit songs were bouncy tunes like "I Wanna Hold Your Hand." Their later songs became more introspective and psychedelic like "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." In hindsight, there was an obvious evolution from one album to the next.

      And yet their fans grew with the band and as the band got older, they diverged from their earlier works and explored their creativity. Yes, there were some who yearned for the Mop Tops of before, but most original fans and newbies appreciated and grew along with the artists.

      Throughout their history as a band, the artists' touch and uniqueness on their evolving music was unmistakable. And that's what I look forward to as well with Meg and Dia's band.

      Let's be happy that they got another chance to keep it together and grow with them.

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  24. I had never known you guys and only watched the Voice by accident channel surfing to the results episode after Dia's Heartless performance. I went back to watch that performance and was blown away. That was when I went hunting for the old Meg and Dia material and fell in love with your music. I got goosebumps listening to Nineteen Stars and Here, Here, and Here. I went on iTunes and bought everything you've ever released (listening to all those EPs right this moment in fact) and love it all. I went to your NYC concert Feb 22 and it was the best concert I have ever been to. I only wish I knew about you guys before. I raved about you guys to some friends in Chicago and convinced them to go to your show tonight. If one of them approaches you or Dia tonight and says she knows a superfan in NY, you'll know who it is. Keep up the great work and hope to see you live again some day.

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  25. Read the last line if nothing else. Obviously different people have different tastes in music. However, if an album is a recording of how the artist dreamed at that point in their life, then my concern is that too often the more generally accepted "artists" must fail to dream as their albums fail to represent anything but a collective undistinguished publicly pleasing nothingness. Those five must have known how to dream, as nothingness fell to their sound, if only for a while (and may still to their individual). I don't know if it's new; the geater tendancy toward monopoloy (and the loss of the individual; not that all are so great, but at least they are) that evermore network like structures yield has me concerned for for the survival of the individual that should be, and in some perhaps still is (although almost certainly not I), in all facets of life. It's funny, they use to make it sound like the internet and a "flat world" would bring the creme de le creme to the top, through greater accessability and colaboration among, yet retainment of, the individual(s); I do not know that this has been case. But rather the furtherment of networks tending toward "natural" monopolies and the bland singular, yet undividualistic, that those escaping a socialistic society so often criticized. Sorry to be so negative, it was an interesting walk home today to say the least, and the stories from the past it brought to mind (though not pertaining to this). Thank you for your music that was, if new will no longer be (or even if it will), and the individuals that are.

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  26. It's good to hear some info from someone who's not 'guessing' if they're still together or not. It's the truth that I can believe. It's not necessarily the news I wanted to hear, but I'll learn to except it. If it's still the same 5 people playing great songs just like they did as Meg and Dia, then that's all I need. Everything happens for the best, right?

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    1. Forgot to mention I changed my username (formerly MegDia_fan) to match my username on other sites. :)

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  27. You've put all my thoughts into a blog post! I love each and every one of ya'll. Thanks for doing everything you do as individuals and as musicians. It's really nice and entertaining. Keep on being firecracker spectacular and enjoy life. I'll see you guys soon! I'm flying down to southern California for the last tour show. One last thing... Do you remember your "Atlas Shrugged" piece Lilly?

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  28. "I know sometimes change can be
    bittersweet. Remember, a record
    or an album is a "recording" of
    how that artist dreamed at that
    point in their life. An album is
    simply a memory from the past to
    revisit and enjoy again and again."-meg.

    yeah, "bittersweet" really got to me there, they say sticks and stones may break your bones...but words, they break your heart...

    in 2007, first song i heard was roses, in a parody video eventhough i only heard the first part, wasnt even near halfway, fell for it instantly, didnt even know the title or the band, just typed bits of the lyrics that i could remember in google... thus leading me to you guys...

    listened to roses, monster, and masterpiece for a few years, then when i saw you guys on the voice, i was like holy sh!t, like a kid in a candy store, an avalanche of awsome songs and covers...been obssesed with you guys since, in a not too creepy way,...haha

    doesnt really matter if your'e now "dia frampton", dia and meg, or the mighty cockroaches, or the skeksis, or bird creepies, or even if carlo gets his way, "meg and dia and carlo, meg and carlo, dia and carlo, or just carlo...", as long as you guys stick together, 5 people making the best music you can,...thats all we need, i think?,..haha

    coz change is always good, in some ways,.. whats next for meg and dia? wish i could answer that, touring in the philippines maybe, hope i can watch you guys perform live soon...

    PEACE!!!

    btw, lovin the photo up there...

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  29. I've listened to Meg and Dia ever since right before Here, Here, and Here. You guys are my favourite band. And as long as you five are together making music I will be happy. Your band, you five, have helped me along in life so, so much and I don't know what I would do if you guys ever stopped. I won't lie, I love Meg and Dia - my all-time favourite band/artist/act. Hell, I'm a writer and without M&D keeping me company during writer's block, late night write-athons, and inspiring me, I probably wouldn't be the same writer I am at all today. As a matter of fact, I have "Watch all the sky for falling words" inked on my arm to prove it! But I also love Dia Frampton. I will hold Meg and Dia albums close to my heart for always and forever and if you make the full transition to Dia Frampton then I will do the same with those records. I will miss Meg and Dia if it happens to go away...I'll miss it so much. But as long as you guys continue to make music I'll be right here supporting you every step of the way.

    Man, writing this post makes me want to listen to M&D so I think I'll go do that.

    Thank you guys and keep on keeping on.

    -britt

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  30. I've been a Meg & Dia fan for a very long time now. So this post really makes me sad. You guys are basically the only music I listen to. I know it's just the name "Meg and Dia" that is leaving us. I guess I have to get used to calling the band "Dia Frampton". All I really care about, is if you continue making great music. Thank you for that. So if this transition to Dia Frampton is what you guys are doing, I'm okay with that:) Thank you for making this post and clearing everything up because this question has been in my head for a long time.

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  31. Funny... I didn't know about you guys until I saw Dia on The Voice. I discovered Meg & Dia and fell in love with yall's music! It brought something new to me that I can't quite describe. I found myself (and still do find myself) watching videos of your performances, and admiring all that you guys do. I love to cover your songs on Garageband (yes, I am a nerd haha). I look up to you guys (you in particular, Meg). I taught myself to play guitar and I don't think I am anything special, but seeing how humble you are and how talented you are in all you do gives me hope. You give me inspiration.

    This post does make me really sad for a number of reasons... one being that I never got to see a Meg & Dia show. However, I can see myself doing the same for my sister. I continue to admire you guys and my love for ya'll will never fade. You all have ignited my love for music even more. Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do. I dream of meeting you guys one day and seeing you in concert. :]

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  32. Hey Meg,
    It seems that this is the one of the last few outlets in which fans may communicate with the band in some way. I guess that's both a good and a bad thing. (Good being that you all are too busy, and success if good! And the bad being that things seem slightly less personal). And that's just part of life I suppose.

    Either way, I just wanted to thank you guys for everything. I remember I started listening to Meg & Dia sometime early in high school. I remember that at the time I had many immaturities (not a word but I'll use it anyway) such as, "Oh, it's girly to listen to music by female artists!" How messed up was that? But you guys really changed my mind on that, and made me realize that it doesn't matter who makes music or where there from -- the important part is that you love it and it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks.

    I was there when you guys had a formspring (I can't count the number of arbitrary questions I asked). And I remember that when I chose to move out to Salt Lake City my first thought was "Oh my gosh! That's where Meg & Dia live!". On a side note, I totally went to "The Beehive" because of you guys - great recommendation!

    I remember seeing you guys in concert at the Avalon shortly before Dia was put on The Voice. I saw you in the crowd but I've always been to shy for small talk. I guess I regret that now because all of you are just a great bunch of people!

    And now here I am, a year away from graduation. Over the years I've grown a lot -- and so has the group. While pop generally doesn't excite me too much I listen to Dia Frampton all the same.

    Thank you guys for everything!

    -Johannes (not sure why it says 'Unknown' up top!

    PS. If you're ever back in Salt Lake and you're in the mood for Chinese food you should stop by Joy Luck in Sandy! I work there every Saturday! :] (Speaking of which my break is over so I better get back to work!)

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  33. Probably my favorite part about "Meg and Dia" has been how their music has kinda matured and changed along with my own personal tastes so change isn't something that I fear. "Cocoon" is definitely my favorite "Meg and Dia" album because the authenticity of the music is unparalleled. You can just tell that you all honestly feel and have experienced the things you're singing about and, as long as that element remains, genre or band names make no difference to me. As long as y'all are together (and really even when you do solo work) I have the utmost faith that your music will not let me down.

    P.S. I hope you guys are gonna come back to the L.A./ Orange County area again sometime soon because you managed to pick the night before I have 2 consecutive finals.

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  34. I first heard Dia on The Voice, but never put much thought to it. A few months later, I was thumbing through a friend's iPod during a study session and "My Ugly Mouth" started playing. I found the voice very familiar and was pleasantly surprised when the artist name was labelled as "Meg & Dia". I looked it up and indeed, it was Dia from the Voice.

    Instantly I was hooked, listening only to Meg & Dia songs every time I listened to any music, completely ignoring my other songs for most of the time. I tried introducing you guys to some of my friends, struggling to do so because of the wide variety of songs you guys have played (which are all awesome). I stopped trying - they were too engrossed in their own mainstream pop music.

    To be honest, I think you guys function really well as a band better than Dia as an individual, no matter what's the band's called. Being a musician myself, I much prefer live music and musicians playing instead of computer generated instrumentals - and you guys do a real good job playing as a band. I have yet to met more than a few people that share the same musical style as me...I think I'm the only person in my state, or even my country that listens to you guys. I really like the sincerity you can feel inside the music you guys make, and hope to always hear more of you guys.

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  35. Have you learned how to play guitar over your head yet,it seems like it is perfect time to transition to a new band name "The Magnificent Cockroaches" sounds pretty good still :) LOL

    ( hope you remember to what i am referring to)

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    1. a refresher http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07d3DOGhQOg

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  36. Look at all these comments... You are loved and supported by all of us no matter what, Meg.

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  37. As others have already expressed, "Meg & Dia" has that nostalgic place in my heart that won't ever change. I think we all tend to hold on to that sometimes, but it is important for us as fans to grow with you too. But like Hilary said, you can be confident that all five of you have our sheer respect and support.

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  38. I was just listening to Hearts Out To Dry. It is by far my favorite song on the Red album. I thought that even before I heard you helped write it. It shows the same maturity in your music I heard in you guys on Cocoon. You guys just keep getting better and better. I find the Red album to be a bit too pop-ish for my taste on a few songs but am still amazed by Dia's awesome voice. I did buy both the Amazon and iTunes version so I could get all the songs after all. Oh yeah, I also bought it on vinyl. :D

    MaD, Dia Frampton, solo, it doesn't matter, I will always be a fan of Meg, Dia, Jonathan, Nick, and Carlo.

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  42. Right on Meg! I was so glad when I found out that you guys were still playing together after Dia was on The Voice. You are right, Meg and Dia is still "Meg and Dia" but with changes (naturally). I will admit, the new album (Dia's) sounds different from "Meg&Dia" but I've grown to love it. I like how you acknowledge that people do well in life by knowing their strengths and weaknesses. I totally agree. And by the way, you def. have a talent for making wonderful 'bots! I adore mine. Keep it up Meg, Dia, Jonathan, Nick, and Carlo!!! I'll be seeing you soon on March 18th (:

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  43. LOVE THIS ENTRY,LIFE IS LIKE A SONG IT PROGRESSES.YOU CAN GO BACK AND LISTEN TO IT AND HAVE THOSE SAME FEELINGS YOU HAD WHEN YOU FIRST HEARD IT AND LATER YOU CAN HEAR IT AGAIN WITH DIFFERENT EARS AND FEELINGS.IF IT STAYED THE SAME WAY EVERY TIME IT WOULD BE AKIN TO DYING ON THE VINE,THE FRUIT WAS THERE BUT IT DRIED UP AND IS USELESS IN A WAY.THERE ISN'T A SONG OF YOURS I'VE HEARD THAT THIS (THE FIRST PART) HAPPENS TO ME,I HOPE THAT THE SECOND PART NEVER DOES.IT IS LIKE ANYTHING ELSE IT MUST PROGRESS TO STAY ALIVE,THAT'S THE BEAUTY OF IT.YOU CAN GO BACK BUT IT ISN'T AND IS THE SAME ALL AT THE SAME TIME SUCH IS LIFE AND MUSIC IS THE SOURCE OF THE SOUL SO KEEP TOUCHING YOUR SOUL AND IT WILL TOUCH BACK.<3 :) <3

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  44. I had hoped to see the big letters "NEVER IN A BAGILLION YEARS". In reality I know that will never happen. It's understandable that bands grow up, grow together and many grow apart. I'm really glad that you guys have continued to grow stronger as a unit and have stayed together despite all the changes within the past year. It's makes me happy to see a band that continues to make music together because it's their passion. I've been a fan for a loooong time. My friends can tell you I was the crazy "MaD" fan/maybe borderline stalker. True statement. (Don't block me!) haha. But I've loved you guys for years and I'll always be supportive of your music and what you guys choose to do. I miss baby meg and dia's but the more mature refined meg and dia's are still fabulous! Thanks for keeping us updated.

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  45. I love Thrice too! I also have for several years, maybe not as long as you but since Artist in the Ambulance..And I put them and Meg & Dia together on my list of deep, well-thought and talented music.

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  46. Thank you for this! I'll admit i've definitely been a bit mopey after seeing Dia perform in Chicago last week because it seemed that much more real to me that Meg and Dia were not really Meg and Dia anymore..not in a bad way, but not particularly in a good way either. I love you guys sooo much, I've been a fan since I was 12!!!!! So it's amazing to see how much you guys grow with every single record, and it's true that you guys are still essentially Meg and Dia so why question it? I'm excited to see where you guys go next. Please never stop doing this!!

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