bekah brunstetter
Bekah Brunstetter I care deeply. About a lot of things. Like really, really deep. Ow
playwright in brooklyn, NY

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October 15th, 2019 by Bekah Brunstetter

In retrospect, September and October 2019 will forever be known as my Country Music period, during which I watched all 16.5 hours of Ken Burn’s documentary and was so in love with it that I wanted to live my life inside of it, so much that AS SOON AS I FINISHED IT, I STARTED IT ALL OVER AGAIN. I love its tiny insights into history, humanity, I love the struggles of its characters and how they fall in and out of love with each other and write songs about it that I’ve spent my life listening to, unaware of the brawls and longings that inspired them. I’ve learned so much, and instead of wandering around the house shouting at Morrison or Cracker HEY, DID YOU KNOW? (which I will definitely keep doing) I’m just going to leave a list of my favorite things, here.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The Banjo came from Africa, the Fiddle came from Irish and Scotland; early country music is defined by racial tension between black people and white people, but also, they were constantly using each other’s music as if the tension didn’t even exist
  • Merle Haggard was in San Quentin prison serving a 17 year sentence for armed robbery and prison escape when Johnny Cash played a show there. The show inspired Merle to quit to being a ne’er do well, get out of prison early for good behavior, and pursue music
  • Johnny Cash’s song A Boy Named Sue is based on a Shel Silverstein poem
  • Reba Mcentire was a prize winning barrel horse racer before she was discovered singing the Star Spangled Banner at a Rodeo
  • Willie Nelson wrote Patsy Cline’s Crazy. He had a lot of success as a songwriter, but people thought his voice was weird, not country enough. After years of rejection, he moved back home to Texas, did his own thing for his own people, and eventually became country music’s BIGGEST EVER STAR.
  • Garth Brooks was the first country musician to play shows like a rock star. In 1993, he played Texas stadium, which fit 40 thousand people. IT SOLD OUT IN 93 MINUTES.
  • Dolly Parton’s husband worked in asphalt before he retired. He has only been to ONE of her shows, ever. Early in their marriage, after attending a red carpet event with her, he said honey, I want you to have everything that you want, but please never make me go to one of those ever again. (This was not in the doc, this I discovered in an article about Dolly’s marriage, after becoming obsessed with Dolly’s marriage, because of the doc)
  • Vince Gill is the sweetest most gentlest man in history
  • Vince Gill is married to Amy Grant
  • WHAT IS THAT MARRIAGE LIKE
  • WILL THEY ADOPT ME

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Prized Possessions

October 11th, 2019 by Bekah Brunstetter
  • House
  • Cat
  • THIS RECORD

WHICH I SOMEHOW MANAGED TO FORGET THAT I HAD, only to see it’s spine shouting at me from the shelf a few days ago, and now it’s all that I Hear. JUST LOOKIT THIS LINEUP:

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Holly

October 1st, 2019 by Bekah Brunstetter

I’ve been gradually digesting Ken Burn’s Country Music, which is a gorgeous 17 million hour PBS documentary that walks its audience carefully through the evolution of Hillbilly and Bluegrass music, from the 18th century up through the present. On the walk, you hear original recordings of your favorite country songs, you learn things you never knew about US history, and best of all, Merle Haggard tells you his version of all stories. But of all of the talking heads, HOLLY WILLIAMS IS MY FAVORITE. The granddaughter of Hank Williams, she is so connected to his story, his music, so much so that she herself became a musician. You can literally see his face in hers. When she talks about him it’s as if he raised her, like he didn’t OD at age 29, in the back of his own car, before they ever even met. She’s a vibrantly breathing example of how humans persevere through their offspring, and you can hear and feel it in her music. And if she ever wanted to, say, hang out with me, like drink wine with me in a yard overlooking a holler at sunset and learn me about how important it is to stay connected to ones’ roots, to know the stories that made you inside and out, THAT WOULD BE MOST PLEASING.

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Cause then I’m gonna get a Cocktail

September 5th, 2019 by Bekah Brunstetter

For the last few months, I’ve been absorbing music as either For the Oklahoma TV show, or NOT for the Oklahoma TV show, and mostly what I’m learning is that ALL MUSIC SHOULD BE WRITTEN BY JOHN PRINE, and should be exact if not near replicas of his song, When I get to Heaven: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0EiV423j0M

ie. all music should demand it be danced to, all lyrics should blend both big and small words, all songs should ask big questions in the most quotidian of ways AM I MUSIC JOURNALIST YET?

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GIVE ME MOVIES WITH MUSIC

July 12th, 2019 by Bekah Brunstetter

OR I GUESS GIVE ME OTHER MOVIES BUT I WON’T LIKE THEM NEARLY AS MUCH

Call me basic but I love any movie, literally any movie, that uses songs as set pieces. Just give me two people singing to each other, falling in love.

 

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MIGHT I BE THE FIRST TO SAY….

August 16th, 2018 by Bekah Brunstetter

R-E-S-T-I-N PEACE

(Thank you for everything.)

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the Journey

May 1st, 2018 by Bekah Brunstetter

Elizabeth just texted me this:

And my journey, upon receiving it, went something like this:

1.) Wait, is she concerned about my health?

2.) Is the pear-lemon cleanse a new cleanse that I should be doing? WHEN DO I START THE PEAR LEMON CLEANSE?

3.) No wait, there’s  lyrics there, too…they’re familiar….there’s a….there’s a song that goes with these lyrics….

4.)  BAHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHAAAAAAAI’mslow

 

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hold music

March 3rd, 2018 by Bekah Brunstetter

I’m pretty sure that everyone has hold music that their brain just goes to whenever it’s resting / processing / rendering. Mine is about 30 percent baptist hymns, 28 percent the Sound of Music, 2 percent Kendrick Lamar’s Backseat freestyle, and at least 40% Uncle Jesse’s song, Forever. So basically if you’ve asked me a difficult question and I’m just kind of staring at you, JUST KNOW THERE’S A REALLY GOOD CHANCE THAT I’M LISTENING TO THIS.

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TO BE SEEN

January 21st, 2018 by Bekah Brunstetter

DEAR MY SPINNING TEACHER THIS MORNING WHO PLAYED BUSH NOT ONCE BUT TWICE DURING CLASS LIKE IT WAS STRAIGHT UP 1998 AND SPINNING WASN’T EVEN REALLY A THING YET:

THANK YOU FOR SEEING ME

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miss a moment / make a moment

November 24th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Next year, my parents will have been married for 40 years. (From what I can surmise from their relationship, the keys to a long lasting marriage are patience, communication and two televisions.) My uncle David was supposed to sing a song at their wedding, but wasn’t able to make it. And so last night, fireside, some 39 years later, he made it up to them, and then some. The lesson here?  Don’t beat yourself up over missed moments,  because you can always make up for it later, organically even,  when the time is right. OTHER LESSON, WHEN OUTSIDE AT NIGHT IN NEAR WINTER TIME IN VIRGINIA, WEAR ALL OF THE CLOTHING YOU BROUGHT, AND PERHAPS EVEN MORE CLOTHING. COVER YOURSELF IN ALL OF THE CLOTHING YOU CAN FIND; ENJOY.

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