Going to Bamboozle!
So psyched you have no idea.
Just a bummer that Adam is leaving NY for Europe the day I fly in. Major bummer.
But either way more musical adventures to share with all of you!
Never quite cool enough. Lovely. Be alive. Feed me music.
Got to use the new studio today at work for some stuff we are working on for Buzznet. I am so excited about all of the new things we will have to build up our music content on the site. Not sure if I can really say much more since it was just rehearsal but — you will be seeing a lot more of me soon.
LET’S TALK ABOUT MUSIC PEOPLE!
It has been a very busy two weeks!
Lots of exciting things are happening and I have be on-the-go constantly. Finding it difficult to balance everything right now but I can tell that is soon to pass. Work is crazy busy with a new show we launch that I host five days a week and lots of tours are going to be coming to town soon —- YES!
Feels nice to have a Saturday morning to myself and soak in all the cool stuff that is not only happening in my life, but my friends as well. I have a lot of inspiring people in my life and they keep pushing me to realize my own goals. They are also incredibly supportive and kind.
Anyway that’s what has been going on.
Also listening to The Ataris right now and my heart is so excited to see them play The Roxy Sunday night. Date night with Erica <3.
Feels great to sleep in and enjoy a cup of coffee! I am learning to really appreciate a morning off to myself and slowly wake up without an alarm. YES!!!!
I am currently listening to Straylight Run’s self-titled album and the lyrics just said, “remember that you’re one of the lucky ones.” Most of you probably know the song, “Existentialism On Prom Night” from that album — and it’s a great song, but take a listen to that entire record when you have a chance. It’s really beautiful.
Anyway…. work has been busy busy busy. I keep taking on more challenges and feel great about it all. Sure there are moments of anxiety, stress and pressure — but at the end of the day I love all the people I work with and they are all so motivation and supportive. I have earned some amazing opportunities and just want to do my best each day. It’s been a roller coaster for sure!
The thing I keep in mind on a daily basis is what would the teenage version of myself think of what I am doing these days. I honestly think she would be floored by what I have accomplish. Just the simple fact that I live in Los Angeles is crazy. Rhode Island is a long way from here and the culture is very different. But its a great feeling to have taken a chance on myself and trusted my instincts.
So things are busy, exciting and moving forward.
…..Haha and now we are on, “sing like you think no one’s listening, You would kill for this just a little bit, just a little bit. You would, you would.”
Have a great week pals.
PS Please do take a listen to that album : )
What a crazy month!
It’s been so busy and fulfilling and stressful and challenging — and everything I have wanted.
I think for the first time (ever) I feel like I am deserving of a pat on the back. Not saying I am perfect, far from that. But I do feel happy with myself and that is rare.
So cheers to taking a moment and treating yourself to a, “hey, I am awesome!”
We all need one here and there.
Anyway love you all (and be alive.)
I just got back from a few amazing days in Austin, TX for SXSW. While this was far from my first experience at a music festival, it was my first time at SXSW. I was sent for work and had high expectations going into the week for shows, but also personal experiences. Each time I’m tested within my job and given opportunities to do more, I always seem to walk away with a few poignant moments in my personal life as well. I had a few, “wow is this really happening <happy tears>” moments this week. Some in public and some in the privacy of my rented room.
I know from the outside it looks like, “wow her job is so cool, she gets to talk to bands and meet all these cool people” — and I would totally agree with all of that — but all these experiences are so much more than that to me. I always say that I will perpetually be the 17-year-old version of myself who just heard Brand New’s Deja Entendu in her bed room for the first time and felt something. Who wrote song lyrics all over her notebook and begged her musically inclined friends to play music so she could singalong. At a young age I knew I loved music, but didn’t know how to translate that into a career. I had friends in Rhode Island who had actual talent for music and I was always in awe of what they could do. Thankfully both of those friends are still involved in music today. But Rhode Island didn’t exactly have a happening music scene, so post college I initially took any job I could get.
As far as figuring out how I would find myself with a career in music, it took a dear friend to help me uncover where I would fit in. He was (and is) a talented musician. When we met years ago he had just left Northern Virginia in a van with his friends selling a CD they had record with money earned working at Starbucks. He was 18 at the time, with shiny braces and a sense of confidence I had never seen from anyone — ever. He explained how they had set up the tour on their own and were selling CDs. He was going to make the music thing happen, there was no plan B. I was astounded by his absolute confidence. He was going to make this happen, and at the time I was a confused college student who had no idea what would happen in a year.
The relationship gave me tons of insight into what other opportunities were out there for someone like me. Someone who loves music. Someone who can “truly love some silly little piece of music, or some band, so much that it hurts” and counted down the days to when a band would roll into town. I watched as he made a career for himself and in turn I was motivated to do that for myself.
Flash forward to this past Wednesday night at The Warner Sound showcase around 1 am and I was very emotional. Paramore was on stage (a band I have followed for years and admire) and my little journey leading up to that moment is flashing in my mind. All the tears and anxiety of not knowing what I am going to do, then knowing what I want to do but needing to find a way to make it a reality — and then to my dear friend who to this day continues to give me some of the best advice — all rushed over me. It was at SXSW about three years ago he got me my first contact in LA, and there I was a few feet from Paramore’s performance — and it was my JOB. I have done it, I found my place in music. I teared up hearing Hayley’s powerful voice sing “In The Mourning,” sharing her story of letting things go and moving on; one of the same sentiments that brought me to where I am in my own life. It was a surreal moment and I will never forget it.
That’s one of the best things about music, it can help to find common ground with others — and allow you to highlight and realize the big moments in your own life. I will never get to share that story with the band, but it was something I will never forget.
So yeah, there are things about my job that are amazing from a music fan perspective, but I love when these opportunities also lend themselves to growth within myself.
Sorry to get all cheesy, it was just something I needed to share.
Do you guys ever have moments like these?