Hello everyone! We are so happy to bring wonderful news! We have finished recording our new record, Memento Mori! We want to thank you for all of your stories and encouragement. It has really influenced us to make the music for Memento Mori what it is. If you relate to the songs, you might be happy to know that the stories you’ve shared with us have impacted who we are and that it has come out in the music. You are beautiful people and your stories are filled with hope and overcoming and we are better people for having known you through your emails, letters, and seeing you at shows.
We picked the title Memento Mori because even though God has given us favor and your support has allowed us to taste fame and turned us from slaves to kings in some sense, we are humbled by all that has happened because we recognize that we are regular people and no better than anyone else. Our success has been a foolish thing to confound the wise, beating odds and exceeding all we could have imagined for our lives. Memento Mori means that no matter who you are, we are all mortal. There is no king that wonâ€™t face a mortal death the same as a slave. So kings and slaves alike should make the most of life and love everyone as selflessly as possible, because tomorrow is another day, and kings can fall, becoming slaves, and slaves can be promoted to become kings.
If you’ve had the opportunity to come out to some of our shows within the past year you will have heard the first single Again already! It should hit the radio in the next couple weeks… But you crazy people seem to know whatâ€™s happening with us before we do and I’m not surprised to find out many have known the lyrics to Again for a year now. :-) The first verse and chorus did change in the studio! It is a good thing, because the words say better what my heart meant. It is written for people like me, who feel a restlessness to make the world better somehow, but are much to small to carry the weight of the world on their shoulders. Its to say, you have the right heart, but you weren’t meant to carry it all. You are so strong, you are able to handle so much! But you can’t handle everything all at once. Let go! God’s big and He can handle it all better than you! Its okay to let go and not understand everything. I should start a control freak support group… Anyone interested? Maybe this song will help us. I sing it to myself “Only surrender will help you now..” And then I let go.
Thanks for reading this and caring what we are up to. We are so thankful for you!
-Lacey Sturm (Yes I got married 9-6-08 and changed my name because my husband is AMAZING and I love belonging to him.)
In addition to Lacey’s letter, a brand new version of the official Flyleaf site will be available for viewing on August 18, 2009. Some of you have gotten a sneak preview via being active here, on the Street Team, or the Passerby Army, but it will be going live to the world on August 18. Very exciting! To anyone who hasn’t seen the new site yet, it’s such an upgrade from the previous. A great interactive venue for Flyleaf fans to get to know each other and share information about the band.
The single for Again will be released on August 25, 2009. Street Team members have already gotten a sneak preview of the song, but it’ll be released to radio on that day.
Something interesting to note is that there will be official listening parties for Memento Mori in five different places around the United States. Not many details have been released, but here is some information from Flyleaf’s mailing list:
In the spirit of progress towards the release of our album we are proud to announce a rare, intimate tour! The Road to Memento Mori! We will be traveling around the country and hosting five listening parties for Memento Mori! Best of all, you all get to vote for which parties we will attend! Stay tuned for more details, and be eady to vote for your city and your chance to join us at this rare appearance. More details to come!