hi friends. i hope you all have the best days today + that they feel like new york looks on a night when you’re surprised by all the color
“some see a pen, i see a harpoon”
WICKED stoked (and proud) that @rayezmusic has been added to the #FeministFriday playlist on @Spotify! looks like a few people are following the playlist already 😳 if you wanna listen to the playlist, link in bio. congrats Raye!!
playing with fire
about a year ago, i got a text from @erichutchinson saying he had a “crazy idea.” that “crazy idea” turned out to be a wicked awesome idea - the Uncharted Territory shows, in which eric and his band the Believers would play the last five states in america he’d never performed in. @jwestbuck and @microsoft helped make the shows a reality, and the craziest part (to me, at least) - i was invited to come along and document the whole thing.
i visited places i never thought i’d get the chance to see. i stood on a glacier on mt. denali in alaska. (in @vans. maybe not the best footwear for glaciers.) i saw the famous fargo theatre and the plains of north dakota. i saw sioux falls in…you guessed it, sioux falls, south dakota. i walked the beaches of hawaii and got so sunburnt i made lobsters look pale. i saw the small towns of wyoming roll past our rain-streaked van window, each one surprisingly unique.
the best part was that i got to do these things in the context of the Uncharted Territory shows, which meant that i was seeing and exploring these places alongside eric, @ianmartinallison, @btdrums, and @elliottblaufuss - some of my most favorite people - while chasing a really cool milestone. thank you guys for always making me feel like family, and for bringing me along on yet another adventure, cameras in tow : )
in a year that’s felt so divisive, it was inspiring to see people from all corners of the country come together to enjoy live music, to dance + sing + cry + laugh together. when it comes down to it, most of us are looking for the same things: to love + be loved, to know + be known. to feel a sense of belonging, to feel joy + community + connection. music has incredible power to create spaces that facilitate those things. to travel to the farthest reaches of the country, to visit places in america that look nothing like anywhere i’ve lived, and see that taking place again and again…it feels a lot like hope.
@erichutchinson wrote a fantastic reflection on #UnchartedTerritory2017 on his insta, i highly recommend you check it out. and thanks again eric for the adventure into uncharted territory!
ah my entry to @jaclyn_oconnell x @vinylxdenim’s #novvinylchallenge day 11 is late, but here’s a signed 7” of @garbage‘s 1995 track “vow.” :: it’s the UK single release, x/3000 (i only just realized 5mins ago that this is a first pressing, oops), and is housed in an aluminum sleeve and backed with an alternate version of the song, “vow (turn apart).” i found this in a garbage can, ironically enough, and it still sounds flawless!
too few of our old crew left on astor :: #newyork
i took more pictures of @skoutoutloud which i’m sure is shocking to a lot of you. full album at Facebook.com/SkoutOutLoud
this is your friendly neighborhood reminder that if you have elections today (cities and states in the comments), go vote! local elections are just as important as national ones - these people make decisions that affect your community, esp if your mayor, state legislature, or governor are up for election. 2017 has been...interesting. but national government chaos aside, we as individuals still get to decide every day by our actions what type of country we want to live in. so in ways big and small - voting included - we still have plenty of chances to work towards compassion, care, and representation for ALL american citizens. p.s. the irony of the nyc sticker being a riff off the subway map is not lost on me 🤦🏼♀️