- An Open Conversation Wednesday September 12th, 2018
Today was a good day! I’m officially one week in to my Ohio school tour, and I couldn’t be happier. The kids are wonderful, and I’m learning to unlearn preconceived notions I used to have about myself as a performer (I told myself that I wouldn’t feel comfortable performing in front of 500 kids, but it turns out – 500 kids feels just like 30 kids, but louder).
We do a 5-10 minute songwriting demo at the end of each performance. I let the kids choose the song topic, and today, the students wanted to write a song about equality. It was powerful to be surrounded by a large group of middle schoolers who were all onboard with equality. I guess I didn’t know it was exactly what I needed until it happened. I’ve been feeling pretty frustrated lately – from people using 9-11 to support their own political agendas, to that horrible cartoon of Serena Williams, to the handful of confederate flags I’ve driven by in the more rural areas of Ohio, it seems like we’re backtracking as a country.
I like to think of myself as someone who sees both sides of the story. I want to see both sides…but when human rights and equality are in question…I can’t.
I keep thinking that a huge lightbulb is going to go off, and the defiantly defensive are going to realize that they’d better get on the right side of history, but I’m starting to realize it’s probably never going to happen in this lifetime. I pray for more schools like today. We’re going to have to put it in the kids’ hands.
- Worth the Wait Tuesday September 11th, 2018
It’s been a while. It has been a long time since I have put out music that felt completely “me”…without any ulterior motives or attempts to please someone outside of myself. Longer than you’d think. Forgive me for waiting so long, but I really wanted to get it right this time around. I owed it to myself. And you.
I’m in the final stretch of the Dear Finch EP, and…I love it. It is the hardest I have ever worked on anything, and I’m so happy to finally be able to see that hard work start to pay off. I begin editing the videos tomorrow, so here goes (whew!).
In lieu of printing CDs, I have been making handmade books containing lyrics and and the collection of anonymous letters that inspired each song. It’s soft, it’s cute, it looks like an envelope, and in the back are two stamped envelopes in hopes that YOU will send in your own anonymous letter (and a letter to anyone of your choosing :).
When you preorder a book (include your email!), I will ALSO send you the mp3s to the entire EP in the weeks leading up to the actual online release.We sold these books out at the prerelease, so I will be making a new batch this month. Put in your orders now!
Stay tuned, October 9, for something new. For something that I am incredibly proud of. I promise it will be worth the wait.