A recent hunt for the “Weather” from a Welcome To Nightvale episode led me to Jason Webley.
I already knew the name…it was Jason who worked with one of our favorite artists, Amanda Palmer, on the Evelyn Evelyn project, a unique musical venture involving the duo performing as conjoined twins named, well, Evelyn and Evelyn.
I wasn’t familiar with Jason beyond the project, so I navigated over to his webpage. It was these words that hooked me:
An old scrapbook found in a San Francisco dumpster twenty years ago gives birth to an almost unbelievable story and a collection of heart breaking new songs.
Margeret. The tragic story of a poet, almost untold and lost forever.
It’s a pretty epic tale, both the story of Margeret Rucker herself and of the transformation from lost memories into music and words.
You can check out the full story of the discarded scrapbook’s journey to becoming a collaboration project from Jason and friends over at The Stranger. The collaboration includes an album of music inspired by the scrapbook and an 88-page hardcover book full of writings by Jason and Chicken John Rinaldi, the man who discovered that “there’s no such thing as garbage” while attempting to dump some of his own.
Check out the song that hooked me, Pyramid: