My name is Sara. I live in Portland, Oregon.
I'm a poet and a musician. I have a record, THE TALL CALM, coming out June 2014 on Antiquated Future.
I like: non-fiction, poetry, indie rock (whatever that means), quotes by artists I admire about their creative process and their work, talking about my own creative process, public art, talking about what it means to make art as a non-straight non-male artist, trying.
3/15 6pm The Waypost -- Reading
3/28 8pm Ford -- Solo Music Show, w/ Litto Fox & Lucia Fasano
4/26 11:30pm GRRL Front Festival @ Tonic Lounge
wildruled asked: You should say 5 nice things about yourself and then pass it on! This is a tumblr meme but it's positive, so I like it. I also like you.
I keep trying to answer this, because I like you, and because in theory this sounds like a nice thing to do, but I was raised Midwestern and taught not to talk about myself too much. Like I literally wrote, “1. I’m a good listener” and was like, AHHHHHH THAT’S BRAGGING and felt like throwing up.
Dear tumblr, it is my birthday. I am now 29, which I feel relatively angst-free about. I’m celebrating by watching a lot of TV with my mom, including something about dinosaurs and the movie where John Travolta plays an angel. My birthday gift to you is to tell you not to watch that movie.
Yesterday was apparently the three year anniversary of my tumblr. Also, it is very nearly my actual, human birthday. To celebrate, I am sharing with you this song I “made” a few years back, which consists of an angsty robot talking over a MIDI track of The Beatles’ “Birthday.”
This record is the best kind of nuts. It’s a group with Calvin Johnson (of Beat Happening, not the Detroit Lions) and Doug Martsch (of Built to Spill, also not the Detroit Lions), among others. And often, Johnson & Martsch wrote lyrics separately for the same song and overlaid them. Upon my first listen, I immediately texted my friend Joshua, “I feel like I’m listening to a noisy demented Broadway counterpoint.”
I also grew up listening to R.E.M., though basically the earliest I ever got was “Document” until I was much, much older. I think about this record a lot, and how queer it is, the multiplicity of pronouns, the protectiveness of the lyrics. Because I don’t buy it as being nonsensical or garbage! It’s a language you develop when you’re afraid to engage directly, but there are still feelings behind it.
You know when you spend your whole life worshiping the cultural artifacts of dudes and then one day you realize the whole time, women were also making really amazing things? That day is a really great day.
If you have heard me talk about my “auto cultural anthropology” — that is, reexamining cultural things that were important to me in the past — well. Jimmy Buffett has been a part of that journey. He was one of very few artists my parents both liked, and so I spent a lot of time listening to his records when I was a teenager. I’ve always liked the records before Jimmy Buffett, The Myth becomes set. They’re engaging and resisting country music a little bit more. There are three different instances of characters on this record who have “stopped going to church.” And The Ballad of Spider John (a cover of a Willis Alan Ramsey song) is a heartbreaker. I CAN’T HELP IT, I HAVE FEELINGS.