Monday Reflections and Intentions

Reflections:

-Donated to Gastropod through Patreon! And then I started MY OWN Patreon! Support the blog here!

-Not all reflections need to be positives. I partied too hard 😦  See the hangover cures found here.

-But I had an amazing time with people I love at the New Harmony Music Festival. And streamed my first Concert Window event!

 

Intended:

-Keep posting on the blog each day during this busy week. Share music with you!
**most days, anyway. And I got that Hamilton post up!

-Reconnect with old friends I haven’t spent time with in years

-Stay extremely active (like, walk through the labyrinth pictured above) and eat right in order to counter the late nights I will surely be having

Again, see the hangover post.

 

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What You Need to Know about ‘Hamilton’

Photo Credit: Hollywood Pantages

  1. “Hamilton” is about Alexander Hamilton.
  2. “Hamilton” is not about Alexander Hamilton.
  3. Alexander Hamilton was
    a. a founding father
    b. a federalist
    c. a leader in establishing the national bank system
  4. Hamilton and was born in the Caribbean, and he and his comrade/rival Aaron Burr were orphaned at a young age
  5. “Hamilton” is really about Aaron Burr

That’s the short of it. “Hamilton” is a masculine story of achievement and rivalry. However, what makes “Hamilton” so truly important and deeply American is not the unique retelling about our founding fathers, or the narrow scope on Hamilton’s life, or the competition between Hamilton and Burr. What makes “Hamilton” a monumental work is the juxtaposition between the white-washed history of men in charge and the diverse America of 2017. Thomas Jefferson, a slave owner, is played by a black man. So is Aaron Burr, arguably the main character of the drama. Many of the soldiers are played women, and many are women of color. Lafayette was a French aristocrat and military officer, here played by a black man, and as an audience we are struck by the regality of this character, emphasized by the over-confidence that comes with youth and power. The magnitude of the casting is this: when all of the important people in history are straight, white men, we are reinforcing the idea that the important people in the world are straight, white men. That is not true, and to make this story relevant and interesting and empowering for everyone, we need to see the faces of everyone.

If you have any way to see the show in Chicago, DO IT. The cast was incredible. My boyfriend and I are both musicians, and we were FLOORED by how perfectly this performance was executed. If you want insight to the plot of the musical, definitely watch the drunk history episode with Lin-Manuel Miranda (Questlove makes an appearance?!). We were so glad we did, it was a much-needed supplement to our limited knowledge about the Revolutionary War.

Monday Reflections and Intentions

Reflections:

-Partook in a fancy AF wine tasting (only after listening to this Gastropod episode about wine through the lenses of a sommelier)

-Finally watched “Get Out

-Successfully used transit systems in two cities; also successfully used transit between the hours of 12 a.m. and 2 a.m. from O’Hare airport to the south side of Chicago.

Intentions:

-Keep posting on the blog each day during this busy week. Share music with you!

-Reconnect with old friends I haven’t spent time with in years

-Stay extremely active (like, walk through the labyrinth pictured above) and eat right in order to counter the late nights I will surely be having

Intended:

-write a post about Hamilton!

-go to the beach

-see the Redwoods

Pay Attention to these Musicians this Summer

Photo credit: Junk Host

Everyone is talking about Lorde right now. Either you are interested in her latest review of the best/the worst onion rings, you can’t wait for her album release this week, or you just bought tickets to see her at a music festival this summer. I am guilty of the two purchases and one guilty read. (But seriously, follow that onion ring account!)

First listen. Learn more.

I am going crazy for Sylvan Esso right now! Also appearing at summer festivals, also released an album. Get their new album, but also get their first album because it is still relevant. In Episode 1 of Season 5 of Orange is the New Black featured the wonderful “Hey Mami” in a scene of ethereal chaos. Highly relevant.

First listen. Learn more.

Chicago Jazz String Summit

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I had the awesome opportunity to attend the Chicago Jazz String Summit on Saturday!

My impressions:

  • Check out the sweet gear for the festival! Digging the violin scroll posing in front of Chicago!
  • I discovered a new favorite sound: cello with a loop pedal, distortion, extended techniques, french singing, all combined also known as Helen Gillet. Her cd, Dusk in Wallonia, was sold at at the event but I plan to order it!
  • I get an early listen to Hearn In Now’s new cd “Not Living in Fear,” and I got to listen to them playing LIVE!

It was a great way to reconnect with music that I love. I hope this event happens again in 2018!

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#MondayMotivation

This one’s easy: FOUR DAYS UNTIL SPRING BREAK for Chicago!!!

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I am so so so SO excited for my trip out West. Here is how I am starting my week right:
np_music_888716_000000.png  I watched the documentary “Little Girl Blue,” about Janis Joplin, on Netflix this weekend. My closest friend and roommate of 2 years loved Janis, and often had one of her albums playing. I learned so much about Janis’ life and death, and as much as I love her earlier albums, I am mesmerized by the trajectory that led her to record the album “Pearl.” I even recorded “Mercedes Benz” the next day. Maybe I’ll share the final copy with you all :)I watched the documentary “Little Girl Blue,” about Janis Joplin, on Netflix this weekend. My closest friend and roommate of 2 years loved Janis, and often had one of her albums playing. I learned so much about Janis’ life and death, and as much as I love her earlier albums, I am mesmerized by the trajectory that led her to record the album “Pearl.” I even recorded “Mercedes Benz” the next day. Maybe I’ll share the final copy with you all 😉

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np_coffee_888748_000000 Coffee makes me feel good. Iced coffee makes me feel even better! It is finally warm enough to justify a regular iced coffee. My sister and I have this magical coffee every chance we get in the summer. Do try it!

np_book_888684_000000  I almost never quit a book before I finish it, but I caught myself zoning out of my non-fiction text about the discovery of ruins from the ancient Mayan civilization. I decided to give myself a break and pick up something new. I am taking this collection of short stories from a part-time Westerner on my backpacking trip, but plan to sink into this one right away.

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Weekend Review

Whew! Remember this plan I developed on Thursday? HA!

Here is my weekend in 3 points: listening, working, and watching.

1. Listening: A good friend texted me Friday evening to tell me that he was on tour performing with Durand Jones and the Indications and would be in Chicago in just a few hours! I didn’t know the group before this event, but they are amazing the venue was sold out. My friend left my name on the list so that I could get in to the venue, which had me feeling like quite the VIP. The group went on at 12:15 a.m., so I rang in the weekend with some live and upbeat funk with hundreds of other Chicagoans at Empty Bottle. Have a listen below.

2. Working: When I received the message about my friend’s performance, I had just finished registering to become a Lyft driver. I have yet to make my first drive; I am thinking of giving it a go on my commute back from work. I will keep you posted!
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Have you tried lyft? Are you a driver? If you are interested in driving, you can check it out by going here.

3. Watching: My many hours spent consuming the great Netflix cache of Star Trek has me taking about how to treat surrounding communities and cultures. Biggest take away: as a citizen of the world/galaxy/universe/etc. always follow the prime directive.

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Captain Kathryn Janeway… aka Red from Orange is the New Black

“The Order of Time”

Loving this new album by Valerie June, and loving this article with the album preview.

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“As of this writing, I am sixty-one years old in chronology,” the novelist Madeleine L’Engle once mused. “But I am not an isolated, chronological numerical statistic. I am sixty-one, and I am also four, and twelve, and fifteen, and twenty-three, and thirty-one, and forty-five, and… and… and…”

It’s not entirely surprising that the author of the beloved YA fantasy A Wrinkle in Time would have had such imaginative notions of how past and present fold into each other: “If we lose any part of ourselves,” she concluded, “we are thereby diminished. If I cannot be thirteen and sixty-one simultaneously, part of me has been taken away.”

Planning to pre-order, but in the meantime I will take advantage of this free preview!