Austin to Boston
After performing at Austin's SXSW music festival, four bands hit the road in shabby vans and head northeast, playing all…www.netflix.com
So what made me want to write something about this documentary? Well, while watching these artists do a tour after SXSW along the Midwest and New England, they are doing it in what you would call “hipster” in VW vans as their tour buses, sleeping in them and camps and living the live on the road as disconnected and without mention of doing it for money… I am listening to the movie on an iPad using my Bluetooth headphones while doing cardio on an elliptical. Polar processes, you can say but yet we live in an era where this is all possible. You have options and all types of mediums available for us to use to approach how we want to view, see or hear things.
It seems to always come around to this genre of music that resonates with me the most, especially live. I think it’s what draws me to live in certain cities too, like Portland, Seattle, Austin and Nashville. These cities have a soul that I relate to even though it’s not necessarily.
It’s interesting being an immigrant yet relating to the hardship soul of Americana music. Sure, again watching this makes you think of being “hipster” but when you think of it, they are looking for organic experiences of life where we’ve gotten completely consumed with technology and a rapid life. There’s a camaraderie to the community that is being built.
Where’s the diversity in people? It’s not a question. This is their music, their art, their story so let them tell their story. When people of color have a similar story, they will share theirs, if they feel it’s worth sharing. It’s beautiful even though it’s not anything that I’m familiar with personally but I definitely would want to experience something like it. These kind of documentaries romanticize what happens through edits and composition but you know it’s a lot of hours and a lot of mental and physical wear individually. But look at the memories that are created from it. When you’re given a once in a lifetime moment to do something, do it. Because it’s not going to come around for you to relive it again. It’s the stories you want to relive over and over gladly knowing you took that opportunity.
There’s music that strikes a chord with me where I want to be a better person. I still strive to find that goal in life where I can make a genuine purpose to what I do and help the people around me in my life. I don’t want to just be a worker bee in the job force but hopefully I can leave some kind of meaning to the next generation after me or for people to remember me for something I did or did for them. That would be great. Making a legacy, even if it’s a tiny one.
Bear’s Den, The Staves, Nathaniel Rateliff and Ben Howard. And your Mechanic/Driver is Gill Landry?! I could go on and address them individually and how they captured differently for me but that’s for a short conversation that I don’t care to write about as it gets uninteresting for me even while writing it.
So to be cliche. Don’t lose your sense of adventure or let people talk down your dreams. It’s that kind of spirit that keeps you going and makes you glimmer that other people won’t always understand.