Daily Discovery: The Diving Bell, “We Came, We Conquered”

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ARTISTThe Diving Bell (questions answered by Steve Hendershot)

SONG: “We Came, We Conquered”

HOMETOWN: Lansing, Michigan

CURRENT LOCATION: Chicago, Illinois

AMBITIONS: To make friends and music in the Hipster Cities of the Great Lakes.

TURN-OFFS: Short answers.

TURN-ONS: People caught up in something they’re really passionate about.

DREAM GIG: Inside one of the sea caves in Northern Wisconsin that are only accessible by boat in summer, or by ice hike in winter.

FAVORITE LYRIC: “Hope was a letter I never could send / love was a country I couldn’t defend…” — “Big Black Car” by Gregory Alan Isakov

CRAZIEST PERSON I KNOW: Adam Wisz. Is there an up-and-coming J-Pop act playing tonight in New York City? Then I’m sure he’s going. And then flying back to Chicago overnight to be at work at the gourmet Italian sausage factory at 5am. Before catching a shift at that ramen shop in the suburbs. And then tracking a record at his studio tomorrow night. SONG I WISH I WROTE: “Lonesome Dreams” by Lord Huron / Ben Schneider 5 PEOPLE I’D MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH: Shawn Colvin to make a toast. Michael Lewis to tell true stories. Larry Bell to host and serve drinks. Sam Elliott for gravitas. Clare Hendershot to enjoy it with me. MY FAVORITE CONCERT EXPERIENCE: Company of Thieves at Lincoln Hall, Chicago. Invited by a friend, local band, no expectations … then absolutely blown away by the most compelling live performance I’ve ever experienced.

I WROTE THIS SONG BECAUSE… When a friend sent me a picture of the final space shuttle, strapped to the back of a regular jet and looking small and pathetic on its way to retirement. It seemed like a very anticlimactic end to the Age of Exploration.

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