TRAVERSE CITY —
From around 2003 to 2006, Andrew Dost was part of a rock band called "Anathallo," doing shows and driving around the country in a van that tended to overheat and dining out of gas station convenience stores.
Today, the Frankfort native and his band, "fun.", are up for six Grammy nominations. You can hardly go anywhere that has music playing in the background without hearing their hits, "We Are Young" and "Some Nights."
Fun. will perform during the awards program set for Sunday night on CBS. Locally, friends and family are to gather at Frankfort's Garden Theater for a Grammy Watch Party on Sunday evening that will double as a fundraiser for the Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools' music program.
The Record-Eagle attempted to talk with Dost, but his publicist said time didn't allow it. He recently did an interview with the alumni magazine at his college alma mater, Central Michigan University. He told them that studying journalism at CMU helped prepare him for his music career.
"When writing music, it's sometimes hard to cut away lyrics you spent so much time putting together," he said. "Then, going back to my journalism classes, I remember about writing compact sentences and editing out the fluff to make the songs better."
Back in 2006, Dost was writing a column for the Record-Eagle he called, "On the Road." Here are some excerpts.
Family away from home
The holidays are typically a time to be among family.
This past Thanksgiving, we were among a new family. And we were at a home away from home.
We spent the day in Atlanta, with two bands we're good friends with, Page France and Colour Revolt. We had a fairly late night on Wednesday, visiting with friends, and then once they had left, visiting with each other, telling tales of our favorite Thanksgivings, and memorable ones that hadn't quite been favorites. A few of us stayed up until around 5 in the morning.
We were woken up by my phone ringing a few hours later. It was a friend from Page France telling us that they were ready to shop and start cooking. So, we gathered and went to the store, and everyone moved through the aisles as a group, grabbing their necessities for the day and explaining why it just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without it.
For example, a couple people needed cranberry sauce. We were hungry when we were there, so we ended up with seven cans of cranberry sauce.
Fortunately, we had a turkey donated to us so we were free to work on potatoes, stuffing, corn, pumpkin pie and all the other touches that make for the best meal of the year.
So we went back to the apartment in which we were staying, and began cooking. For most of us, it was the first big meal we've been in charge of by ourselves. We tried to time things right so they'd get done around the same time. We tried to estimate when we'd need the oven and when we'd need the range. We tried to figure out how to keep things hot once they were done.
We had a toast, and complimented all the food that we had worked on, even the stuff that hadn't turned out as well as we'd planned. We read "Trivial Pursuit"' cards to each other and marveled when people knew impossible answers. When we went around the room and told about what we were thankful for, everybody echoed the same sentiments.
We were thankful for our families, and not just the ones that share the same blood.