Based on Stauffer's 2010 concept album of the same name, After Z can best be described as a hybrid fairy tale - that is, one intended for children as well as those of us who have grown all the way up only to realize the serious error of that decision. It is a story about another world and the great many wonderful things that can be discovered when we are willing to look beyond what we can see with our eyes and reach past what we can feel with our hands. The very best glimpses can probably be found in the notes of your favorite song, or in the strokes of a masterful painting; but there is something even more amazing about actually going there - the burning colors of a comet parade, the excitement and beauty of the flower forest, the thrill of riding a zebra with a necktie, and the many lessons to be learned from new paradigms - for as you will come to realize inside these pages, visiting another world can often have the very positive effect of changing the way we see our own.
Nathan is a composer/songwriter and a founding member of the band After Z. His book (also called After Z) was written to tell the story behind the band's debut album.