Well, that steady drum of time keeps its weighty beating, and here we find ourselves at the start of another summer. Summer, the season when the band separates for a spell to actually "work." Jenner is back in California, doing whatever it is he does on rivers, and I've just landed in Sitka, Alaska, where I've been coming to work at an arts camp for the last five (five?!) years. At the airport this afternoon, I saw a young man who I knew as a pre-teen drive off in a blue Mustang convertible, which sent me into a bit of an existential tailspin for a minute.
I'll be teaching songwriting to middle schoolers for the next two weeks. It's a proposition that I've found pretty puzzling. How to teach something that to me still seems so mystical, and evasive. I kind of feel like my lesson plan should be just going on long walks along the water, occasionally sitting to stew in confused malaise. If something strikes over the course of the camp, great! If not, then they've written just as much as I have in the last month. Jokes aside, I'm really looking forward to the challenge, and I have a feeling the process will drum up some inspiration in me as well.
The band will next convene in British Columbia, as we are lucky enough to return to Port Renfrew to play at the mythic Tall Tree Music Festival. In the meantime, you can still find our music on iTunes and Spotify, our videos on YouTube, and you can share our tunes with your folk-loving friends and future fans! We'd sure appreciate it.
Raph & Jenner
Most importantly, we need to extend a huge motion of gratitude towards our dear friend and collaborator, Lauren Tronick. Without her passionate advocating on our behalf, her savvy and tenacity, and her immense talent and sensitive musical contributions, we would not be operating at the level we are today. Chances are, some of you reading this have Lauren to thank for learning about our music. You may also know her as the prettiest one in our promotional pictures. We're sorry to say Lauren is leaving the band, leaving us for now to our own goofy devices, but we are certain that whatever she pursues now, music, medicine, macrame, she will find success. Y'all keep an eye out for her.
Odell Fox Recommends:
Ben Balmer: Saw this cat and his band at the Whip-In, Austin's only part liquor store, part Indian fusion restaurant, part music venue, the other night. The guy rips. Amazing musicianship, and original songs reminiscent of two of our favorites, Josh Ritter and Gregory Alan Isakov.
Baby Sunscreen: Here's a recommendation from the river, just in time for the summer. Sunscreen for babies won't sting your eyes, it's usually high in SPF, and low in all the nasty ingredients they put in "adult" block. You and your skin are welcome.
We'll sign off with a new release of fan favorite, "Tired Man." The video is from our Live in Brooklyn Apartment Show series.