hello & welcome. this recording marks a record of the recent past when people could gather together by the hundreds. i also see it as a note from a future where people will gather & applaud again. the crisp percussive clatter of all those hands, people chatting to their friends or people they just met, going “woo,” singing along—it’s very surreal & nearly heartbreaking to hear now, the tapping dents & divots of rain against my bedroom window, skylit & glowing overcast tonight. it’s a sideways smile hearing so many people together but a smile nonetheless. & singing all in the first person! the first person plural? what should we call this? grammar has generously bent open for us to make room for something momentary we might call "the communal i.” —a line of people, their singing heads in the tungsten floating sweetly over their shoulders, shoulder to shoulder, singing stretched-out vowels in unison, affirming together our collective intent to try to be better to ourselves, to those we know, & to those we don’t know. thank you to anyone who came to these concerts! thank you to anyone listening now. we appreciate you all so much & look forward to playing music again for you soon. <& stay safe, much love.
all income from this pay-what-you-want record will be donated to Black Lives Matter.
we stand in solidarity with the families of george floyd, breonna taylor, ahmaud arbery, & those of the innumerable other black americans lynched in this country throughout our history.
we stand in unequivocal solidarity with black americans begging for their FULL liberation.
violence happens against humans, animals, the earth. not property. looting & vandalism ARE non-violent protest. burn down the symbology of oppression—this is a powerful gesture. don’t compare it to the loss of life by using the word “violent.”
we are committed to listening, learning, & using our voice to help fight for the change that is so desperately needed in this country.