"Joy Of Missing Out"
"Joy Of Missing Out" is the first single from Former Lives, a bedroom project from Portland, OR resident and Denver, CO native Sean Klassen. It is a donation-based track with proceeds benefiting Mutiny Information Cafe (mutinyinfocafe.com
) in Sean's old Denver neighborhood, Baker.
Things are pretty scary right now. I don’t think anyone really knows what’s going to happen out there but one thing I do know is that small businesses are hurting. And these places are the hearts of our neighborhoods. They’re sources of culture and community.
Mutiny Information Cafe is a book and coffee shop that embodies everything I love about the Baker neighborhood in Denver—a neighborhood I lived in far longer than anywhere else in my life. It has an endless supply of cool books, records, and art. It’s a friendly gathering place for all ages that makes a good cup of coffee. And it’s off kilter in just the right way.
Shortly before moving to Portland for a new job opportunity, I was collaborating on some songs with my friend Jenn in a spare bedroom at my home in Baker. I thought all of the work we had done together was lost in my move. But recently, I discovered a few of her vocal tracks from some of those songs on an old hard drive. One in particular stood out to me. Joy of Missing Out was written as a tongue-in-cheek anthem for introverts but it takes on a new meaning these days as we’re all staying at home. So, I decided to take Jenn’s vocal track, re-record the rest of the song, and put it out into the world. Maybe it’ll make you smile. Or even better, maybe it’ll give you a reason and a way to support Mutiny right now. It makes me think of a home I loved so much and a neighborhood I want to see make it through these strange times.
Stay safe. Stay home. Wash your hands.
Sean Klassen: vocals, guitars, synth, drums, writing, recording, mixing, art, etc.
Jenn Dewey: vocals
released April 1, 2020