Music

Some thoughts on Bartees Strange

October 2, 2020
photo by Julia Leiby

For as far back as I can remember, I’ve felt different. Wherever I go, I struggle to feel like I fit but I push through and squeeze into spaces not meant for me time after time. I’ve been doing it my whole life, and I’m willing to bet a lot of you do it, too; maybe even more than you realize. Over the last several years, though, I’ve been going through something of a personal transformation of sorts, in an attempt to put an end to the discomfort of trying to fit in. I’ll tell you one thing--it’s hard. But it’s worthy work, and it’s something that I think my friend Bartees Cox Jr., aka Bartees Strange, knows a little about. His debut album Live Forever is all about Bartees’ personal journey to not just mere acceptance of who he is but a full on celebration of it instead. I don’t think I’m at the celebration stage just yet, but I’m close, and this album inches me further along with each listen. It’s helped me to see what I know in my heart: that what is meant for me in this world is limitless. 


When they found out my husband and I were expecting, Bartees and his partner generously sent over a gift for the baby. As I write this, I hear two things: “Far,” one of the closing tracks on Live Forever, and my son’s laugh as he wiggles around on the playmat they got him. It’s funny. Our son will likely learn how to crawl and then he will learn how to walk on that mat, but it still won’t be as significant of a gift to him as this record is. I have a feeling that one day, this album will help show him what it means to love yourself enough to chase the sun. 


Happy release day, B!


PS Thank you to the other members of the most inspiring group text of all time, Tim Zahodski and Will Yip. You give me hope that working in music can still be fun and positive, even through the tough parts. A year ago, Bartees and I were sifting through one “no” email after another, and today we are standing at the beginning of an incredible journey together, all thanks to your hard work and support.


PPS Bartees! We still need to make those du-rags!


Music

Some thoughts on Bartees Strange

October 2, 2020
photo by Julia Leiby

For as far back as I can remember, I’ve felt different. Wherever I go, I struggle to feel like I fit but I push through and squeeze into spaces not meant for me time after time. I’ve been doing it my whole life, and I’m willing to bet a lot of you do it, too; maybe even more than you realize. Over the last several years, though, I’ve been going through something of a personal transformation of sorts, in an attempt to put an end to the discomfort of trying to fit in. I’ll tell you one thing--it’s hard. But it’s worthy work, and it’s something that I think my friend Bartees Cox Jr., aka Bartees Strange, knows a little about. His debut album Live Forever is all about Bartees’ personal journey to not just mere acceptance of who he is but a full on celebration of it instead. I don’t think I’m at the celebration stage just yet, but I’m close, and this album inches me further along with each listen. It’s helped me to see what I know in my heart: that what is meant for me in this world is limitless. 


When they found out my husband and I were expecting, Bartees and his partner generously sent over a gift for the baby. As I write this, I hear two things: “Far,” one of the closing tracks on Live Forever, and my son’s laugh as he wiggles around on the playmat they got him. It’s funny. Our son will likely learn how to crawl and then he will learn how to walk on that mat, but it still won’t be as significant of a gift to him as this record is. I have a feeling that one day, this album will help show him what it means to love yourself enough to chase the sun. 


Happy release day, B!


PS Thank you to the other members of the most inspiring group text of all time, Tim Zahodski and Will Yip. You give me hope that working in music can still be fun and positive, even through the tough parts. A year ago, Bartees and I were sifting through one “no” email after another, and today we are standing at the beginning of an incredible journey together, all thanks to your hard work and support.


PPS Bartees! We still need to make those du-rags!


Music

Some thoughts on Bartees Strange

October 2, 2020
photo by Julia Leiby

For as far back as I can remember, I’ve felt different. Wherever I go, I struggle to feel like I fit but I push through and squeeze into spaces not meant for me time after time. I’ve been doing it my whole life, and I’m willing to bet a lot of you do it, too; maybe even more than you realize. Over the last several years, though, I’ve been going through something of a personal transformation of sorts, in an attempt to put an end to the discomfort of trying to fit in. I’ll tell you one thing--it’s hard. But it’s worthy work, and it’s something that I think my friend Bartees Cox Jr., aka Bartees Strange, knows a little about. His debut album Live Forever is all about Bartees’ personal journey to not just mere acceptance of who he is but a full on celebration of it instead. I don’t think I’m at the celebration stage just yet, but I’m close, and this album inches me further along with each listen. It’s helped me to see what I know in my heart: that what is meant for me in this world is limitless. 


When they found out my husband and I were expecting, Bartees and his partner generously sent over a gift for the baby. As I write this, I hear two things: “Far,” one of the closing tracks on Live Forever, and my son’s laugh as he wiggles around on the playmat they got him. It’s funny. Our son will likely learn how to crawl and then he will learn how to walk on that mat, but it still won’t be as significant of a gift to him as this record is. I have a feeling that one day, this album will help show him what it means to love yourself enough to chase the sun. 


Happy release day, B!


PS Thank you to the other members of the most inspiring group text of all time, Tim Zahodski and Will Yip. You give me hope that working in music can still be fun and positive, even through the tough parts. A year ago, Bartees and I were sifting through one “no” email after another, and today we are standing at the beginning of an incredible journey together, all thanks to your hard work and support.


PPS Bartees! We still need to make those du-rags!