Music in the year 2020
What a strange time, that goes without saying.
Who knew? Not me, that's for sure.
My birthday is at the beginning of January, which I always rope in with the new year. Plus, I was born in 1990, so at the beginning of every decade, it feels important. The world and I are moving along together, both entering new eras and cycles in step with one another.
If you're following along, that means I turned 30 this year. For probably the first time, I threw myself a real birthday party at my favorite bar in Phoenix, the Thunderbird Lounge. Thankful for the last few years of making music, I invited a ton of my past clients and we dreamed of what was coming next. Alassane and I spoke about some new songs (currently underway), Carly from Hyperbella and I talked about their upcoming tour and what was coming next, The Deadbeat Cousins confirmed they wanted to make a new record, and after enough gin and tonics, I went home happy and full of hope, excitement, and gratitude.
Two and a half months later... that all turned into worry, panic, and isolation.
FiveThirteen ended up closing its Phoenix doors as Catherine decided to move everything to Nashville. Simple tasks like pre-production and bookings went haywire. Some projects were put on indefinite hold. Other projects changed their DNA and became distant collaborations, held hostage by internet upload speeds, and glitchy Zoom calls.
And here we are, the day of the 2020 presidential election. Somehow this year feels like it never happened and yet Bethany and I have moved to a new city and state, I've made new friends and connections, and despite all of it, I feel more motivated than ever to keep making music.
This year, this virus, this campaign, this newly felt and energized social movement, it's all a lot to take in and I hope you are. I hope you're feeling the weight of all of it and I hope it's creating urgency and clarity for how you want the world to look.
It doesn't need to be an action either, if your response is to slow down, I celebrate that. I certainly did. But now, today anyway, I'm feeling the responsibility of this year, this new paradigm. I'm feeling the ways my priorities have shifted and how I wish to show up for people, new and old, in the coming days, weeks, and months. And I wish this for you, for all of us.
Keep creating, keep collaborating, and stay safe.
I'm excited to see what you do.