Manifest Destiny

Manifest Destiny

“Go West, young man, go West.”
-Horace Greeley *

We have dedicated a new Tumblr to the arrival of our next single, “Western“, due out January 9th, 2012. Everything will hit this blog first, and then a few days later here and on Facebook.

A series of authentic 100-year-old photographs with hand-written lyrics will accompany the track. The negatives of these photos were unexpectedly discovered by relatives along with a journal (below) dating back to 1880 from the American Western frontier.

Journal from 1880 - The Hint "Western"

As the song came together, the pictures painted an uncanny backdrop of the story, giving the words a time and space. The postmark below, dated 1905, is from hand-written letters found with the negatives. Visit everyday for a new photograph as “Western” approaches.

Postmark 1905

Note (*) about quote:
It’s not completely known who actually said “go West, young man” first, but Greely is famous for the phrase, allegedly giving this advice to a friend. It doesn’t actually appear in his book, though, coincidentally titled “Hints at Reform” (1850). Change is good!

“Western” Photograph Gallery 1880-1934 (click to enlarge):
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