Acoustic Solo Video of Never Mind
I gotta make this official! Welcome to the band, Ben Zwicke (drums) and my brother Ben Flugum (guitars/percussion). For those who’ve been a fan of this music, a huge thanks to you for staying with us. It’s been a crazy couple years and I’ve been a little quiet on this end for a while. And if you’re wondering when the band will finally play some live gigs, well as you know it’s been frustrating, no doubt, because our search for the right drummer has kept that from happening. If you can imagine, with myself being a drummer since a very young age, playing in bands all my life, and having the guts to step outside of that comfort zone a few years ago to record some of my own songs, form my own band, do my own thing…looking for the right drummer to fit MY band was one of the biggest mountains I’ve had to climb, requiring a lot of patience, which is not one of my strongest virtues (haha), but I think it’s safe to say we’re on the tracks. Fletch, Matt, and myself are excited to finally see this machine get moving, so welcome aboard Ben Z and Ben F!!
And just a personal note to those who’ve jammed with us at practices and tryouts over the past year-1/2, man, I speak for everyone when I say I really appreciate the time each of you took out of your schedule just to hang with us and kill some spare time. Your support and encouragement and the cool vibe you all brought will never be forgotten.
Now let’s go breathe some life into these songs, huh? Here we go!
–The Jay Flugum Fallout–
Jay, Fletch, Matt, Ben F, Ben Z
Here’s something we’ve been playing at rehearsals for about a month. The lyrics are from an old original I wrote in late 2012. Some of you may have heard that original, but the melody didn’t really capture me so I shelved it. Then, a while ago, I was messing with this chord progression and I started singing the lyrics in my head to this new melody. I brought it up to the guys a couple weeks later at practice, and yeah, the vibe was finally there. The lyrics are kinda sweet ‘n sexy, the butterflies and silliness when it comes to attraction. So a rough demo has been recorded, rough including the voice and not-so-perfect mix, but for what it’s worth this is “Whatcha Do To Me”…
This film was written and directed by Scott Thompson and produced this year three small towns in north Iowa, including the lead actress Gretchen Skellenger from my hometown of Lake Mills. Watch the trailer and support the film!
The film is now ready to hit the market and they need the support of those who would like to not only see the film succeed but to make sure that the concept of making great films in hometowns across the country will also succeed. You can view more about their mission and who they are at www.mytownpictures.com
CLICK HERE for the link to the Mankato Times artice. I thank Joe Steck for the interview, and Mankato mayor Eric Anderson for being a fan of the music, enough to tell his friend Joe about it.
ROAD TO REDEMPTION HITS THE RIGHT NOTES
BY BONNIE KAY BALDWIN
LAKE MILLS GRAPHIC
Printed and Published October 3rd, 2012
Turning from a 19-year-history of drug and alcohol abuse, Jay Flugum wants to use his new album/CD as a way of making amends to what he considers, his hometown.
The new CD, entitled, “The Death Of Pavlov’s Dog”, are being sold (in north Iowa) at David’s Foods, Just For You, Rice Lake Golf & Country Club in Lake Mills; Mitchell’s Bar & Grill in Leland; and ShellDan’s in Scarville.
The music genre, Flugum explained, “Is rock-based, but it has a lot of flavor – some alternative, maybe folk, with a tinge of country…its got an eclectic sound (using the best elements of various styles).”
Flugum is the morning show host, production manager, and imaging director for KXLP 94.1 and 105.9, a classic rock station out of Mankato, Minnesota. He enlisted the help of friend, Fletch Archerd, a prodigy, as Flugum calls him, on piano and guitar. They began the project, March of 2011.
“I wrote the music and the lyrics and arranged all the songs. Fletch played what I wrote and arranged – filling in the gaps. He’s a guitarist, bassist, and keyboardist, so he definitely was essential in helping me to create the album.”
The friends met more than 10 years ago, while playing for a music ministry at Middleground Ministries, Mankato.
Growing up on a rural Lake Mills farm, the son of Jean [Reynolds] and Greg Flugum, he said one of his first memories is from when he was two.
“My first memories are of me beating butter knives on our recliner…it was Elton John’s ‘Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting’,” began Jay. “The middle of the recliner was the bass that made the boom sound; the edge of the seat was the snare drum, which made more of a pop sound; and the corners of the arms of the chair would be the cymbals,” he said smiling, as he shared this. The chair was his first drum-set.
Using the chair, and researching and watching other drummers on television, was how Flugum taught himself to play. Later, he learned to play guitar as well. This driving passion for music has been apparent all through his life. His uncle called it a gift.
Jay received his first real drum-set when he was 12. “It was a very natural thing for to play, just like walking and talking…I took lessons in the fifth grade, and continued through high school.”
In the years following his LMHS graduation in 1988, Jay played in a number of bands including Somethin’ Country, The Delivery Boys, Relentless, The Ride, Angry Waters and Black Dog Outlaw, doing gigs every other weekend to three weekends a month. With the money he earned from that, Jay was able to build his own recording studio in 2008.
But when Flugum was 16, he fell into the deadly grip of drugs and alcohol, and hit it hard for 19 years. During that time, Flugum said, he lived a selfish life.
“Friends that I had, real friends, genuine friends, uh, I destroyed those friendships for alcohol and drugs…my deep regret in those days was, I wish that I would have treated people better, and my hope today since I’ve been sober, is to tie back those bonds.”
In 1999, Flugum married Samantha Schaub. At that time, Samantha had two children – Desiree, 6, and Drew, 4. And together, they had a daughter, Noelle. But it wasn’t until later, that Flugum was able to turn things around.
“The turning point was in 2006. I had already committed to wanting to quit alcohol and drugs – move away from that and become a better person. And so, it was maybe seven or eight months into working hard at staying sober, staying clean,” he said. “It was in November and we were going through the house, the garage, and the shed to clean out junk before winter, and along the way to help me was my son. We were cleaning and pulling out the junk, and I was helping him to understand what we were doing,” said Flugum. To his son, he said, “Okay, these are keepers and these are junk, we will separate the two, okay? So everywhere we go we will keep the keepers and here’s the junk pile.” Flugum went on, “At the end of the search, we threw everything in the junk pile and hauled it off to the dump, and when we got back, I stood there in the garage, glad that we were able to take upon those chores, and I felt God’s presence come over me with the understanding of, ‘that’s exactly what I’m doing for you.’ And that’s when I got it.”
But in those years, looking back, he saw, and still sees, that many of the roads he was on, God was right there with him. Flugum knew that things could have gotten really bad – even though they were bad – they could have gotten worse. “Even when I would sometimes deny Him, He never denied me.”
The songs on his CD, which was completed in March 2012, relate his thoughts and struggles through those dark times with phrases like: the battle within; fighting to pick up the mess; lying in the bed I made again; innocence taken away; and takin’ roads no one ever goes. Words speaking of hard times, tough feelings, love, mistakes, and lessons learned.
The reason for the title of the CD, Flugum said, “When I think of fallout, it means ‘residuals of either a catastrophe or the result of what has happened. As for the ‘Death Of Pavlov’s Dog’, this is in reference to the research of a Russian scientist, Ivan Pavlov. What Pavlov to do (called classical conditioning), was to take the dog’s natural instinct for food and make him salivate at the ringing of a bell, so he trained these dogs to become hungry and salivate at the sound, rather than their natural instinct,” he continued. “When I got sober, I no longer would salivate at ‘the triggers of the bell’. I didn’t run to the dish – to the chemicals – by the triggers anymore. I got back to what was natural for me to avoid it.”
When Flugum got sober, he said that he got to know himself again. “I was lost for so many years. I feel like I have let my hometown, friends, and family down, so this is a blessing to have the opportunity to maybe make amends. Coming back and presenting this CD, is a way of making peace with my past in the community.”
Through the process of making this CD, Flugum said he learned to be led by God. He would pray before he even got to his studio, and often took breaks for quiet time, to listen to God’s leading. What he learned most, he said, was GRACE. Grace from God, his family, and his friends.
“My hope is when people hear the songs, or a particular lyrics, or the movement in the music, that they connect to it…There’s a powerful spirit in music. Music moves us to tears, to joy, in hope, and toward extraordinary ways of healing. If I can play just a small part in that for just one person, that to me would make every rough road of my past, worth the walk.”