Back in July, ODC Dance had a Summer Sampler performance featuring my music. The Magik Magik performed, the Pacific Boy Choir sang, the dancers danced and I played Optimist. They generously gave all the proceeds of the event towards my husband’s medical expenses…. $11,000 (!!!!!!)…..I was and…
Messy. I worry that for the Scots, the YES vote has become essentially a gigantic Vote of No Confidence in Westminster and the Westminster Party system, which I share. As someone who has a house in Scotland, lives in Scotland when he can, and adopted his wife’s clan name as his middle name when we married, I hope that, in the case of a YES vote, life in Scotland continues to be as good or better than it is right now; and that in the case of a NO vote, the fractures between people of different opinions heal rapidly and that Westminster’s recent offers of concessions to Scotland are real.
I don’t get a vote, which is a good thing, as I’d probably be a Don’t Know until I got to the ballot box, and would then choose based on a hundred different reasons, including how much I disliked any particular politicians and whether the sun was signing that day and whether I was particularly missing Iain Banks.
Dear Amanda, I am trying desperately to figure out a way to get from Chicago to Bard for The Bed Show. What do you think is the likelihood of crowdsourcing a bed for the night in Annandale-on-Hudson, and what is the best way to reach out to your fans to ask? Thanks. Love, as always, Sydney
the tumblr community isn’t quite the helping-hands hippie-commune that twitter is; the best thing to get a twitter account (if you don’t already have one) and post it there with my name (@amandapalmer) tagged in it. I’ll retweet you and someone usually volunteered. if I miss you, try again. I read my entire feed but sometimes it’s overloaded.
you’ve actually given me an idea and I might set up a board on the good ol’ forum (theshadowbox.net) for all the people traveling to this show. forums are still good for things like this. thanks for the idea.
“People always look for excuses. My favorite one is, “Well that’s easy for you because you have a really popular blog.” As if my really popular blog was something I won in the lottery. I had a really unpopular blog for three years in a row where 10 or 20 people were reading it. When I got started in the book business, I received 900 rejection letters. So you don’t look at the end result — at the Richard Bransons and Maria Popovas — and say, “Well they have that thing that I don’t.” They got that thing by showing up. I am really focused on helping people understand that not showing up is a failure of will more than it is a failure of birth.”—
Excerpt from an interview with Seth Godin in the 10th anniversary issue of the wonderful Australian creative culture magazine Dumbo Feather.
A boss once told me, "Find your voice." ... What does that even *mean*?
it means that everybody is truly uniquely different, when it comes down to it, but we spend our lives trying to sound right and look right; mostly by trying to sound and look like other people and getting lost in the echo and the imitation.
if you’re still enough, there’s a sound and expression that comes out of you that isn’t like anything that’s ever happened before or will ever happen again.
that’s your voice.
it’s who you actually *are*, instead of the person you think everyone is supposed to be seeing…the pretty one, the fat one, the perfect one, the one who’s “good at x”, the dutiful daughter, the long-suffering addict, the one in control, etc. none of those things are you, or your voice. your voice is what’s underneath that.
I want to tell you something. I don't know why. But ok. My brother died a few months ago. My dad has dementia. My dog died last week. I've been depressed and anxious for years. I've done the meds and the meditation and I did the hospitalization. They help sort of. I'm not suicidal anymore so that's something although I know the potential is there. Truly though I don't have the energy to be suicidal. I think I'm ok with being this way. I have reasons to be sad now, so it's sort of ok. Right?
Hi! I think you're amazing, and I always loved the fact that you sing AND play piano. I've been playing piano since I was 6 years old, but I've recently had a falling out with the instrument. Do you have any advice on how I can stay with it and not be so sad about it? I've been told by numerous piano teachers that I have "real talent," however, every time I think about sitting down and playing I want to cry.
love is complicated. I’ve been in and out of love with the piano for years. I suggest going non-monogamous and picking up a ukulele or guitar. it can give you a new perspective on your primary relationship.
Amanda, I'm sorry this is so morbid but tonight I had to kill a bird that my cat hurt really badly. It was a horrible experience and the only thing that got me through it was that I had your song "The Killing Type" stuck in my head to a point where my own thoughts couldn't get through. I guess I just wanted to thank you for all the times your words have helped me get through really hard times, times when I was scared to do what needed to be done. You help me get through those.