i just asked for help on the patreon with writing tomorrow. please respond xx https://www.patreon.com/posts/14884736
a quick crowd-find question (and i can't believe i haven't shared this latest artwork by JR yet - go look, it's beyond words, see below)... does anybody have a link for a searingly painful 5-15 seconds (ish), audio or video, of trump talking about the big, tremendous, lovely, beautiful wall he plans to build? need it for an art project. only need the audio but could rip it from video, so just send the link to whatever. i want the worst of the worst. what you got? https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/07/arts/design/jr-artist-mexico-border-wall.html?_r=0
LONDON! i’m playing ONE SHOW ONLY THIS SEASON - at union chapel with Jherek Bischoff and a local bad-ass london string quartet & special guests as usual. patrons can buy tickets NOW, the public can access whatever’s left on monday. and CONGRATULATIONS london. you get the only show i’m doing this fall. we will also be webcasting (again funded by the magical patreon) so stay tuned. november 16th union chapel ticket links & more info below
london! if you're a patron, cast your opinion here about which night is better for another patron-heavy ninja gig at the fabulous Her Cabaret in the lead-up to union chapel https://www.patreon.com/posts/14857311
which one ?? also, any shirt & ink color requests? we print this week. yes: those are the lyrics of ampersand in teeny print these rad items will be on sale for ye olde holiday season along with some other surprises and objects from the crypt! patrons will get first crack at everything and access to some merch not available to the public !! (design by jody mccoy)
oh man oh man. Tommy Derrah, a really dear and deep collaborator of mine and so so many from the American Repertory Theater, just passed away. it was sudden news. he was a compassionate and steadfast hero of the boston theater scene, a true, gentle professional with a massive heart, and i was really lucky to work with him for two productions: the onion cellar and cabaret (he played fraulein schneider and was absolutely humanly heartbreaking.) steven bogart (my beloved director, of cabaret and many more) and i had just been singing his praises a few weeks ago and hoping to include/cast him in our next theater project. then i talked to Lance Horne this morning (who was musical director of cabaret)...and we talked about how crazy it is that when you die, you not only stop living, but you can’t work anymore. no more parts. no more gigs. no more anything. i forget that. i’m feeling the pain from just two productions, i can’t imagine the feeling of loss from the rep folks at ART who worked with him on literally hundreds of events and shows. i’m thinking especially of will lebow and karen mcdonald, both of whom played on stage with tommy for ages. stage people understand. theater knits you tight - you become instant family with these people. tommy: you were a shining heart in this dark world. good-bye, and we love you. ..... pictures pulled from google. cabaret (tommy is in drag on the left, and in the middle in white in the couch photo), and in the back in white in the meeting; the onion cellar (tommy in the cap, and wrapped up in tape while brian plays drums.) love love and love. enjoy every moment.
i’ve been dealing with this kind of small-minded malarkey since i stopped shaving 20 years ago, mostly because i just hate being told what to do, period. props to this model for braving all the stupidity. as all my non-shaving friends continue to remind everybody: we are still sexy as fuck, people left and right still want to fuck us, and shut the fuck up, okay, because shaving is just really WEIRD when you get right down to it, and nobody should have to do it. and all that being said: i still occasionally shave just to feel that amazing feeling of slippery legs like eels in fresh sheets. it’s about choice and freedom. ALL THE THINGS. everybody has to be able to do any and all the things without getting shit from anybody else. when are we going to get this straight, people? sheesh. meanwhile, and a propos: there are about 20+ dancers and musicians and children of all genders, sizes and states of hairiness making their way in vans, cars, trains, planes and busses to upstate new york about to shoot a secret video with me tomorrow. it’s the most ambitious, epic, political videos i’ve ever shot, it’s all happening outside, and they’re predicting rain all day tomorrow. when in doubt make it a metaphor also...please congratulations yourself into the patreon....it’s the fuel under all of this awesome fuckin creative fire. this rain gear costs money and these dancers need coats. i need you there. aid the revolution, mofos!!! https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/oct/06/swedish-model-gets-threats-after-ad-shows-her-unshaved-legs
CONGRATULATIONS!! you're a patron, and you've lovingly capped your monthly pledge! RAD. now i never ever ever have to feel guilty about making too much art ever. AND OTHER VERY EXCITING LISTS. https://www.patreon.com/posts/14736808
if you can't change the entire system...you can start somewhere. why not start with an entire festival where health care providers exchange their services for ART and MUSIC. sound crazy? it ain't. these people did it. this festival is so absolutely inspiring and i'm so proud to be playing it tonight....so: dear friends, if you're anywhere near KINGSTON, NY.....CONGRATULATIONS! RAD!....i'm playing at, talking at, and otherwise LOVING at the O Positive Festival . at the BSP backroom. doors at 7 pm. me & friends on at 8 pm. COME. COME. COME. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=287&v=IeZkNDohEU4
"For a long time I didn't realize that as a workaholic, masochistic, artist I don't have to take every bit of my pain and turn it into an album pie. Not everything has to be grist for the mill. Trying to make everything into the art can make you so unable to enjoy your life that not even a bunch of hit records would be worth that torture." new piece up on VICE by Graham Isador about making art from pain and dark times....featuring words from me, Maria Bamford, Tori Amos and more....
we got some chicks the other day. half of them died. this is one that lived. i heard the news about las vegas, broke down crying, and i wanted to come up and visit the survivors. they don’t know about the shooting in las vegas and i’m not even sure they know their brother and sister chicks died yesterday. they are just living on, as we all do, as we all must. my heart is heavier than a stone. once again, flag is at half mast. people die all over the world every day for all sorts of terrible and avoidable reasons. but when something like this happens you pray, you pray that it will be a wake up call for us all to take better care of each other. to take care of everybody, not just the ones immediately in the next bedroom. because we are all. undeniably. connected. one human family. when one suffers, we all suffer. sound the alarm, let it ring round the land. our flight from taking care of one other has rapidly rising death toll.
i have never used the word "dick" as a lyric in a song before. so technically, this new song is a career-defining moment. are there any other excellent uses of the word "dick" in music? all i can think of is the replacement's "androgynous" and that doesn't really count... a reminder: all prcoeeds from this new song, "Small Hands, Small Heart" go to MARIAFUND.ORG to help people down in puerto rico. please go listen, and if you buy it on bandcamp, be generous with your pay-what-you-want. http://amandapalmer.net/smallhandssmallheart/
"small hands, small heart, so small there isn’t any place to put the dark... ...... HERE WE GO my new track: "Small Hands, Small Heart" is now out. i'm really goddamn proud of it and really grateful to my patrons for inspiring me to write it. all digital proceeds for one month are going to MariaFund.org to help out down in puerto rico. get it here: http://amandapalmer.net/smallhandssmallheart/ and if you love this track, please please comment on and share this post. it breaks my heart when my chatty posts about taylor fucking swift go viral and reach millions of people and my actual music, which i work so hard on, does not. we're on our own here: no record label, no press department.it's you." thank you my friends. comment. share. engage. love. art. this. now.
calling all artists, grab your napkins:THE NEW SONG COMES OUT TODAY...it's called "small hands, small heart" (#apolitical) and someone on twitter wanted to make flash art!! there's a thread going on there and didn't want you FB people to miss out .....i already have a cover but if anybody wants to try to beat it - i'll give you an hour. if you beat mine...i'll use it. hit me here. it's got to be SQUARE. i just drew this dick to inspire you.
HELP!!!! quickie blog: IF YOU'RE IN UPSTATE NY/NYC, we are shooting a secret video for a secret song and have a wishlist of shit before we hit the big boxes!! (needed: vehicles! monitors! CHILDREN? lots of things). click to see how you can get involved, all hands on deck. also....the song is coming out tomorrow, and i share the title ;)
if you've ever struggled with debilitating depression, have we got the poem for you!!!! .... thanks as always to Maria Popova for inviting me to contribute to her incredible website. i banged this out last night - the piano part was improvised in the recording studio right after i finished the song that's going to get released tomorrow. and thanks to engineer james bridges for doing this with me. :) https://www.brainpickings.org/2017/09/27/having-it-out-with-melancholy-jane-kenyon-amanda-palmer/
"If you really are not up to being slowly torn apart, well, this life ain’t for you...." my good friend thor harris's mom just died and he wrote something so beautiful about it that i am not only sharing it here, in the hopes that everyone in the universe reads his beautiful writing, but i am going to detour through lexington on the way to new york today to have lunch with my mom, who's not dead. as usual listen to the Way of Thor for he is wise. i love this man more than life itself http://www.talkhouse.com/yammer-thor-death-grief-mercy/#.Wcrc-QNdF7Y.twitter
done. one fucking 5-minute song about donald trump and confusion and love and hate and ambivalence coming right up motherfuckers. join the patreon. i'm working on the final master and this shit is coming out either tomorrow or the next day. patreon folks get the email and the download and all the dirt and the joyous privilege of paying the exorbitant piano tuning bills. (that's a lie. the tuning was not expensive. but i have three videos in production that are currently way over budget in the tens and tens of thousands, so it's all evening out). link to join my growing league of angels: https://www.patreon.com/amandapalmer this is a good one. i'm fucking proud of me. ps before you start zooming to read the lyrics, that's actually a poem i recorded for maria popova who has, for reasons unclear, made me the poetry narrator on her website. i think poems sound empty and sad without piano so i added some plinky plinky and now it's full pathos.
ah, the real conversations of grindr. i'm so proud to be a part of this video, made this past winter with HIV Foundation Queensland in brisbane @ the powerhouse while i was on tour in australia... warning: it starts lighthearted but it does get a bit dark. stop the stigma : start the conversation. love from the studio, where we are MIXINGGGGGxxx
this is a beautiful read (and has now been linked to a few times in today's songwriting-mosaic over on the patreon so i'm posting it here because zeitgeist calls)... "game of you" was the first thing that i read of Neil Gaiman's that made me openly weep. i was alone in my apartment in boston, we'd just met. i'm back there now. nine years later. and it was one of those moments where i stopped and was like: because of this art her made, i fucking, fucking love this man. i fucking love him. the next time her did that was with "the ocean at the end of the lane". i still fucking love him so much. he's opened my heart so many times. so anyway: read this article by aoife martin, it's important. and go read neil's work, it's pretty great. he's only published a few things so there's not much to choose from. and i'll get back to songwriting. it's going to be a late night. join me over here:https://www.patreon.com/posts/another-song-why-14520156 it's a super emotional ride. i've been reading comments for over 5 hours and i'm not even 75% through. i took a break to go to a little basement record shop and buy some beatles, tori amos, ani difrano and joni mitchell records, plus a few obscure new wave and goth treats i'd never heard of. everything is going in the soup today, including this come hit me while the compost bin is open