Kate Earl opened up for Robert Schwartzman at the Satellite last week and was everything (and more ) I'd hoped she'd be. She was gorgeous, gracious, talented, and she really opened up to the crowd about her band, her journey, and her son. In response, the early Satellite crowd....
Just stared blankly, unmoving.
I was so bummed. And kind of embarrassed for my too-cool-for-school (but rest assured, still beloved!) Silver Lake.
I'm done with this overwhelming apathy of my Gen Y. (I'm refraining from using the "H" word.)
So I danced. Danced like my mama taught me, shook what she gave me, and didn't give a damn about people side-eyeing me over their PBR tallboys.
I have so much respect for what these performers do, running around the nation (world!) with no sense of home or routine, to perpetuate this artform that they love.
So often I see my peers prefer not to stand up and show their enthusiasm (read: vulnerability) to the world because they are afraid. So they hide...behind irony. Behind apathy. Behind each other.
Maybe this comes from being the first generation to grow up with such rapidly advancing technology and fast-forming self-centered online community, where all the nuances of our lives can be shared, saved, and scrutinized. Then re-scrutinized at a later date. Maybe this is where this collective facade of apathy comes from? I don't know. But I do know this:
Duuuuude. It's time to get up and DANCE.
Kate Earl is on Pledge Music, collecting money to upgrade her tourbus so that her 2-year-old son can accompany her on her tour. In her words, "I have to be his mother." It's a beautiful thing. Click here to be directed to her pledge page.