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ISSUE 117 VOL 14 PUBLISHED 3/19/2004

A little glimpse of Me Without You

By Stephen Gunvalson
Contributing Writer

Friday, March 19, 2004

The Tooth and Nail Tour came through Minneapolis on Feb. 27 and stopped at the Quest Club. In front of a sold-out audience in the Ascot Room, Anberlin, Me Without You, Emery, Watashi Wa and local favorites Ace Troubleshooter performed. After watching Me Without You play a stellar set of tunes, I had the opportunity to interview their front man, Aaron Weise.

What color would you paint today?

It would have to be blue, since my favorite color is blue, along with a little green.

What is your favorite color?

I love all the fall colors.

What are some of the highlights of the Tooth and Nail Tour up to this point?

Right now, this interview is one of the high points. I am also glad that I was able to talk to my girlfriend at home [throughout the tour] and I also received word that my uncle was acquitted of a petty crime violation today.

Who would you say are your greatest influences?

Jesus and my Dad. Jesus hung out with the outcasts of society: thieves, prostitutes, drunkards -- he loved them all just the same. My Dad is a man that doesn't care how he looks on the outside. We have to dress ourselves like we don't care how we look, but we really do. Whenever I do my hair, I have to make it look messed up.

What about musical influences?

Tom Waits, the Talking Heads and Lou Reed.

Last question. During your show tonight you told everyone to extend to each other the greeting, "Peace be with you." What is peace?

A lot of people think that peace is the absence of bad. Peace is something good in the midst of something bad. It is the ability to have inner peace despite of outer struggle. False peace is being against war and the government. Those that claim [that this is] peace are trying to make outer peace, while on the inside, there is a war. It is in disagreement with the peace of love. Jesus stated that true love is loving your enemy [while] expecting nothing in return. It is a virtue, along with being content and without want in any situation.

Stephen, you [said you're] a philosophy major, and in philosophy, the goal is to define the word [in this case, "peace"], and then translate it from the original Greek or Latin [root]. Then you know what [the word means].

In English, peace is spelled P-E-A-C-E. It doesn't matter how it is spelled, because peace is my reality and that's what it means to have inner-peace.

Generally, the front man of a band is dynamic, personable and entertaining only on stage. Once he steps off stage, he takes off his superhero suit and switches back to being Clark Kent. Weise's suit was transparent, both onstage and off. He had a visibly warm personality, which consisted of a humble heart, meek spirit and insightful intellect.

After concluding our interview, I asked him if I could send him an e-mail of the article in print. I expected him to give me an email address, yet what he ended up giving me was his home address; he did so without hesitation.

His gesture ended our conversation on a good note, and, in the words of Me Without You, it seemed to me as if "everything was beautiful and nothing hurt."

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