October 12th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter
Nope, nothing new, STILL just thinking about the Dixie Chicks concert. When Mary and I left pre-encore to beat traffic, I looked back and saw a thousand people summoning the band back onto the stage with this gesture:
It’s as if everyone holds a small moon or fairy in their hand that is used primarily for silent communication; emojis, also.
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October 11th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter
I love the Dixie Chicks. I am a cliche. I don’t even CARE. These gals got me through high school. They are the very sound an old blue Beretta makes combined with tradition and optimism and bravery a deep yearning to run far and alone. They have soundtracked my plays and their Landslide cover is the only thing that truly calms me down. Last night, I got to see them live, some 20 years after they first happened. Not only did they slay / cover Beyonce / do classics / push limits, there was ALSO MILD YET EFFECTIVE SOCIAL AND POLITICAL COMMENTARY, to the point where, during this particular song:
My friend Mary leaned over, and sort of stunned-said, Look at this. We live in America. God Bless these gals from their boots to their banjos. SLAY FOREVER, CHICKS.
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October 6th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter
Might I suggest pausing Beyonce Pandora, like just for a moment, and giving her sister Solange a listen? Her new album A Seat at the Table is minutes and minutes of her just being there, not shouting, but more like humming wisdom, I’ve been here the whole time, I will not burn out, I will always be. It’s the very sound of a person standing just out side of a spotlight, tucked warm into the shadow it casts.
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July 9th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter
GOD BLESS AMERICA AND ITS CONCERTS, ITS PEOPLE AND ITS PEOPLE’S MUSIC, particularly from the mid-90s, even more particularly the music played at proms, most particularly Boyz II Men and En Vogue, who I witnessed last night lifting the spirits of thousands of people, black and white and in-between, up and out of the muck of life.
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April 28th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter
LIFE GAVE BEYONCE LEMONS, AND SO SHE MADE LEMONADE.
I AM THE FIRST PERSON TO GET THIS HIDDEN SECRET MEANING RIGHT?
OKAY COOL I THOUGHT SO TOO.
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March 4th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter
Whatever the question, whatever the existential quandary, I can guarantee you that 87% of the time the answer is a Merle Haggard cover of a Baptist Hymn.
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February 5th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter
I like to discover things just a few days after everyone else in America has already obsessed over the thing and are over the thing. Then I sweep in, and I’m like, HEY, THIS THING! And everyone has moved onto Sia’s new video featuring Ina Garten trapped in a colonial boat’s exoskeleton which is definitely her next video. And so today: I can’t stop watching Drake’s Hotline Bling video. It is SOOTHING AND INTOXICATING. For one, Drake is effortlessly dancing around in either a Grandpa sweater or an Owl hoodie, with these amazing sort of geriatric salsa dance moves that feel wonderfully inevitable:
Also, it features lady dancers with normal bodies:
And at one critical moment, Drake LIES DOWN AND TAKES A NAP ON ONE OF THE BUTTS.
AHHHHHH. Who needs LEXAPRO / WINE WHEN THERE IS DRAKE.
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November 16th, 2015 by Bekah Brunstetter
THE DIXIE CHICKS, or the Pandora station in my brain all the time unless of course it’s December at which point it’s country Christmas, the emotional raw material for 60% of my plays, the soundtrack to my years 16-18, ARE GOING ON TOUR IN 2016. I never got to see these gals in my youth, and so I will be taking my adult money and purchasing BOX SEATS so that I can SEE THEIR FACES SING INTO THEM WITH BOTH VOLUME AND GRATITUDE. Here’s hoping they play, you know, nothing but old songs and the occasional Rihanna cover.
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November 12th, 2015 by Bekah Brunstetter
I’LL JUST BE IN THE CORNER SOBBING QUIETLY LISTENING TO THE BROOKLYN DUO AND THEIR BEAUTIFUL SIA COVERS.
DON’T WORRY ABOUT ME I’LL BE FINE.
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November 2nd, 2015 by Bekah Brunstetter
It has been TWENTY YEARS since this lady’s Jagged Little Pill came out, and I learned just how to play a CD so much that it disintegrates, how to wait the exactly right amount of seconds after the last track until the secret song about hiding in Dave Coulier’s house plays. Twenty years later, I finally, truly understand what makes something ironic and what makes something just sad. I have learned many things and yet I am just the same. Happy Alanisaversary, everyone! TO YOUTH, TO ANGST, TO WEARING OUR HAIR AS CLOAKS!
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