Everywhere I look, I see end of the year lists/countdowns/reflections. I’ve decided to jump on that bandwagon and ride it for a bit. What better way than to write about my obsessions for the year? Let me tell you, there have been so many because, well, it is what I do. Here goes, in no particular order whatsoever.*
*okay. I thought it would be all one post. It’s not. Apparently I obsessed much more than I thought I did. Welcome to my SERIES of posts about my obsessions.
Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra
I love Amanda Palmer (AFP) and have done so since she was half of the Dresden Dolls. She is feisty and says the things in her music that I wish I could say. When I first started using Twitter, she is the first person I started following. I knew that she would have something to say that would make me think. Little did I know where following her would take me this year.
One thing that I admire about AFP is the fact that she loves her fans. Loves them. She understands that she would be nowhere without them. When she decided to crowd source her latest album through kickstarter (click here if you want to see the magic unfold), I watched and waited. I so desperately wanted to be in on the awesome. My brain was obsessing in two ways:
- I wanted desperately to be involved.
- I didn’t want to spend the money because, well, money.
Believe me, these two things fought and fought in my mind. It was like a huge smack down going on in my skull. One morning, I woke up, fired up ye olde laptop, and backed her project before my mind woke up properly.
It was amazing. I became a part of something big. For me this was a big thing. I’ve felt an outsider for as long as I can remember, as I am sure many people have. This was something I belonged to. The Theatre is Evil album is one that I had a hand in making. I felt powerful because of it. That doesn’t happen much for me.
This power transformed itself into bravery. I woke up early on the day that they were pre-selling tickets to the concert in Phoenix. I waited, hand hovering over the enter key, to get a chance to see the album that I helped make be performed live. LIVE! I was one of the first ones in. The tickets sold out in 20 minutes and I was fast/strong/good enough to get some for hubs and I. I have to admit that I cried a bit.
I used to go to concerts when I was younger. I went to every 311 concert that I had enough money to attend. If there was a band in a club, I was there. Even thought I was uncomfortable, the music was all that mattered. I was music; music was me. As I got older, my OCD/anxiety grabbed hold and grew stronger. Music was still important to me, but not enough for me to brave the crowds. Choosing to go to this concert was a huge step for me.
It was one of the best experiences of my life. It was a small venue with about 300 other people. Aside from a couple of drunks at the bar, the other concert goers were lovely. I can’t really describe how it made me feel. Anyone who has ever gone to an AFP concert knows exactly what I am talking about.
One of the bonuses of going to the concert was finding new music. Jherek Bischoff, a member of the GTO, is a wonderful composer. He was the opening act and I was entranced by the beauty of his music. The Simple Pleasure, headed by GTO member Chad Raines, was the perfect mix that got me dancing and laughing. The band’s enthusiasm and joy was intoxicating.
I left that night lighter than I’ve felt in years.
I wanted to leave you with a AFP and the GTO video. I’m not going to post the one that I really want to because it is definitely NSFW. Click on the AFP Video Page and check out “Want it Back.” There is nudity, but it is a beautiful video and a beautiful song.
This is another of my favorite tracks off of the album. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
One more– this is not from the band but from AFP herself. It is the song that I go to when I need an uplift.
Thanks for stopping by! There is more to come. =)
LOVE her! I have a signe “Who Killed Amanda Palmer” poster in my office! 🙂
Isn’t she amazing? It amazes me how tiny she is. When I see her/hear her, she sounds a hundred feet tall!
Yeah! I would love to see her live at some point. I’ve watched her random practice sessions here and there and she even tweeted back to me once. Let me tell you that made my week!
Isn’t it a complete thrill when she tweets back to you??? Both she and Neil Gaiman have tweeted back to me. In fact, it is because of them that I was able to get a class set of the novel Neverwhere for my classroom. They are amazing.
If you ever get a chance, go see her live. It sounds silly, but it changed me. Her spirit is so strong and accepting.
I’m putting that on the bucket list!
Woot! I can’t wait to see her again.