"And now I have a question for you. ‘Do you also put clothes on the flowers you’ve picked and refuse to talk about their delicate parts?’
I don’t think there’s a very big difference between people and nature, and since we’re also part of nature, why should we be ashamed of the way nature made us?"
Anne Frank on prudishness.
A few photos from this weekend’s Crash Detroit, a “festival of street bands and art” at Roosevelt Park in Corktown.
Photos 1 and 5: Detroit Party Marching Band
Photos 2, 3, 4, 6: Mucca Pazza from Chicago
Love, love, love, love this band and everything we’ve accomplished within the year I’ve been in their pact.
It’s always really freaking cool when a musician you looked up to as a teenager ends up admiring the band you dedicate a large portion of your time to.
Special Guests, Signings, and Etiquette →
It’s that time of year again, and given the behaviors at Vidcon, it’s looking like some reminders may be in order before Leakycon.
Here’s the thing, the basic rule: Do not treat a special guest in a way you wouldn’t treat someone on the street or someone you had just met.
Some good questions to…
As someone who’s played festivals, has been surrounded by lots of musicians who have a MUCH higher salary than me, and has reached the point where people have actually asked to take pictures with me once or twice or followed me around a small local festival (the former is silly yet flattering, and the latter is creepy), I know firsthand what behavior of fans is appropriate and okay and what behavior is downright unacceptable. THAT was a mouthful. This is a good guide not just for LeakyCon, but also for any sort of concert, festival, convention, or just running into someone you’re a fan of. They’re all humans, just like us. Stay calm and be respectful. :)
"I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
I’m only one bottle of wine down and so far all I’ve done is watch Beyonce videos over and over again.
Do I need to come to terms with the fact that I’m a boring person?
Next bottle? Dare I?
Can we be IRL friends”
I had the pleasure of playing Cross-Linx Festival in the Netherlands this past February with my band, Detroit Party Marching Band, alongside the wonderful My Brightest Diamond. During the weeks prior, I contained my excitement by putting some of that energy into making this costume piece. It’s made of scrap polymer clay and metallic gold acrylic paint. Who wouldn’t want an excessive, “gold-plated” pizza chain?
I make things. Check it out!