"Until the day I found out I was sick this record was the closest thing to my heart and I quickly realized why. Because when I hear this album it is a testament to the people and things around me that make my life so sweet. It’s amazing to watch how this world is constantly moving in circles. Giving and taking and giving back again. That’s what everything in transit is about. The constant motion of this world."
Andrew McMahon talking about Everything In Transit (August 1st, 2005).
Holy fuck it’s so appropriate he closed the Jack’s chapter with an album titled “People and Things”. If EIT was a testament to the people and things around him, and TGP was all about his own personal mental and physical struggle, People and Things is about reconnecting with those people and things around him, those who were there from the start.
Okay, now I’m just rambling. I just think it’s cool. Everything is in transit, and everything does move in circles, coming right back to where it matters (cue: Casting Lines).
As I’m sure almost all of you know, six years ago today, Andrew received a stem cell transplant from his sister which saved his life. He has been in remission from his leukemia ever since, and we are all very grateful for that. While I know most of you spend the day listening to Everything in Transit (that also turns six, today) or watching Dear Jack in celebration, I would encourage you to also make a donation to the Dear Jack Foundation. The Dear Jack Foundation was founded by Andrew in July of 2006 to raise money for cancer research, with the primary beneficiaries being the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, and the regents of UCLA. The Dear Jack Foundation is something that is very near and dear to Andrew’s heart, and making a donation, even a small one, is an excellent way to honor him on this glorious day.