It's pretty hard to believe that I've only been in Austin for 2 weeks... Been keeping busy continuing to settle in, do chores, discover new things and new people, as well as old. Have been very excited and happy about continuing my musical love affair with my dear friend Amy Love who I met at Kerrville a few years ago. We are slowly figuring out how we want to make sweet music together, and think we found our niche as a 1920's/30's throw back band with some originals sprinkled in. Came up with the name "Moonshine Kingdom" initially, however I fear this may be close to the movie. Have been having fun texting random ideas back and forth.
We went out busking on halloween - her a flapper and me an ironic singing mime. Didn't make much money, but had a grand old time.
After our busking adventures, we met up with my friend Alex at the White Horse - a popular hipster honky tonk bar in East Austin. There, the Dead Music Capitol band had congregated and was brewing a giant parade, complete with brass band and giant puppets. As we marched through the historically black and latino neighborhood, I couldn't help but feel a bit uncomfortable. East Austin has been gentrifying for quite some time now, and I felt very aware of this as we: mostly Caucasian from presumably middle to upper middle class backgrounds with college educations, marched through the street being watched by mostly families of color, as if to announce "Hi, we're here to take over, but have some candy!!" Obviously, the parade was designed to bring joy, fun, and entertainment to the community, and I think it was very successful in that aim. So many contradictions - is inspiring to think about how we can "integrate" communities, rather than "gentrify" them.