Birds of Sunnybrook Farm Are Calling You Back
- Artist: Lucas Wayne
- Format: CD
- Release Date:4/9/2002
THE STORY OF LUCAS WAYNE (from his perspective as of June 3, 2006) Lucas Wayne has been making music with his friends and family for years. His most notable efforts came during a five year stint with the rock group Myopia. The band played hundreds of gigs throughout Central Ohio and surrounding states. Myopia was even voted best band in Ohio by 99.7 The Blitz. At their height, the group headlined a New Year's Eve performance, which was broadcast live on FOX 28. In 2002 and 2003, the band was opening for some of the biggest hard rock groups in the nation. "We were a band that truly paid our dues," Lucas Wayne recalls. "I remember playing in filthy bars at the age of 15 every weekend. We sacrificed a lot to be a successful gigging band at such a young age! "We earned every bit of respect we got because people were quick to dismiss us as just another high school garage band, but we were NOT amateurs. We poured ourselves into that band. Myopia means nearsightedness and the name fit us because people were always nearsighted initially (they couldn't see past our ages). "After years of gigging, everyone in the band wasn't seeing eye-to-eye, so our guitarists left. This was especially hard for me because we were friends for a very long time. To this day, we rarely talk." The remaining members of Myopia had gigging commitments to fulfill. Myopia picked up the pieces and moved on, hiring a long-time friend to fill-in. The band held auditions and filled the other spot. Myopia continued gigging and recorded a second CD, which led to their greatest successes in the following two years. It seemed like nothing could stop them. Then, without warning, Lucas Wayne's brother Greg (the band's drummer) left Myopia. He joined forces with a more talented, signed rock group called Pay The Girl and the new band's touring started immediately. Lucas Wayne, feeling betrayed, vowed never to play on stage with his brother again and set out to record music on his own. Through his pain came creativity. He bought new recording equipment and began making strange, innovative sounds. He experimented with different genres, spending days and nights in the studio that he and his father built with their bare hands. It was at this point that a long time friend turned Lucas onto a rap group named Grits. He was so inspired when he heard the Gospel Rap sound of Grits that he experimented with his own Christian Rap ideas. Ultimately, he was compelled to record an entire CD of religious hip hop. Dialogue Of A Madman: Vol. I was finally finished after 4 long years of recording. Lucas Wayne's friends, though hesitant about his choice of genre, all agreed that this was his best effort to date. Lucas set a release date for many months later and continued his hard work as a DJ and recording artist. Then one day, to Lucas' surprise, his brother (showing signs of remorse for leaving the band) convinced him to play one last show under the name Myopia. They did it in their hometown of Marysville. Lucas performed his instrument that night at the side of the stage, not on it, in fulfillment of his promise never to take the stage with his brother again. Lucas remembers, "It was a show I'll never forget. I'm very pleased with the way we retired the name Myopia. Our guitarists that night had never played a Myopia song. Without practicing, or even hearing the song beforehand, they watched me strum the intro to Swahili Man (our signature song) and they began playing. Then, the crowd started singing along... loudly! After all those years our friends still remembered the words to our song! I looked at Greg over the roar of the audience. We both got a little teary-eyed. It was beautiful." That night, after playing Swahili Man live as Myopia for the last time, Lucas Wayne had an epiphany, "I am meant to write songs and play music with my brother." So, he disavowed his arrogant decree right then and there and he stepped onto the stage to rock with his brother proudly once again.