Twilights Moon: Bio: Part III: Pi to Slope

By the release of "Pi", Brian was already contemplating a classical album (he had been playing classical concerts regularly for 3 years now), and he began to gather songs for it. At the same time, he was working on the concept for the third album. "I was actually, at one point, working on three records at once. It was insane", Brian recalls. He organized and recorded an entire album (just like "Tarot,") that he scrapped at the last moment because it wasn't "emotionally fuffiling". After more shows, the "Classics," album was released on Valentines Day, 1999. "It was really distant. Even though I played all the songs, I feel the least connected with that album, because it wasn't me. It was just a rush to put another product out there, to epitomize that era of performing, and to satisfy the Twilight's Moon fans I had gained playing those kinds of shows". A tour followed in support of the record, and Brian began working on new rock songs. The 12 songs that became "Slope" were written quickly. "It was an easy record for me to write, because the format was easier. I was having more fun making this record, and I didn't care about anything else." As Philip Dennis, the drummer on a track on the disc recalls, "Brian would sit there next to his little 4 track, demoing songs all day and night. It was what he wanted to do, and he didn't care about anything else. In a way, it was his sustenence". However, when the record came to play in the summer of 2000, things were very different. "Slope was hell. It really was. The amount of work Brian put into that disc was just amazing. It was well worth it, since we both felt it was a fantastic album. We were at the point of 18 hour days, fed on by endless amounts of caffiene and optimism. In the end it paid off, and we got one of my favorite Twilight's Moon albums", Trevor remembers. Exhausted from too many shows and promoting his album four months straight (some days without sleeping), Brian began to withdraw. "I was dead tired, so lethargic I didn't care about anything and starting to get depressed. I didn't know why I was sick, but I was beginning to withdraw from society". By October, Brian had completely burnt out. He spent 15 days rehabilitating, and "jumped right back into the game." There would be more hills ahead, but the future slowly began to get brighter.

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