Welp, that was certainly not the year we planned for. But despite everything, Lady Brain Collective members stayed creative and stuck together, and Lady Brain Presents did our best to showcase their awesome work to the community. Here's a quick video recap of just some of the work we did and fun we had. Thanks to all of our members and Patreon contributors for supporting us - and if you're not yet aboard the Lady Brain train, find out how to join and/or contribute - 2021 will be even better with you in our fam!
Video Description: This video slideshow features various social media graphics, photographs of Lady Brain Members, gig flyers, screenshots of virtual/zoom events, and member artwork - all occurring at Lady Brain Presents, either in physical locations or online over the year 2020. The video covers the following topics:
-Community Gatherings (Lady Brain members at open mics, house concerts, venues)
-Virtual Showcases (Lady Brain members participating in online events)
-Workshops and Meetups (images of hikes, vision boarding, guest speakers, virtual presentations)
-Lady Brain Media (photos of podcast guests, Lady Brain writers, online reviews, gig flyers, social media graphics, blog features)
-Lady Brain for Hire (gig sharing and business spotlight social media graphics)
-Lady Brain for Change (Lady Brain raised $600+ for RAINN)
-How to Join - www.ladybrainpresents.com/join -How to Support - www.ladybrainpresents.com/contribute or www.ladybrainpresents.com/shop
-See You Next Year & Photo credits to local photogs/friends who captured this year’s events: Sydney Prather, Alyssa Douglas, Darci Fontenot, Cathryn Beeks, Mary Hamer.
12/17/2020 0 Comments
Thanks to all who closed out 2020 with us at our final virtual meetup of the year! We held space and shared silence for all the losses we've experienced and witnessed this year, we expressed what we'd like to leave behind and take with us into the new year, and we participated in a guided throat chakra opening meditation facilitated by Lady Brain member Tori Roze of Roze Wellness. We highly recommend reaching out to Tori if you/your team are looking for a way to grieve and heal and grow with intention - she offers virtual Reiki sessions, Reiki-blessed jewelry, guided meditations, and more. Below are a couple snippets from Tori's session that may help you realign with your purpose and voice going into 2021.
Transcription: “And you can repeat these here with me if you'd like: I am understood. I am a good listener. I am authentic. I have integrity. I am honest. I speak my truth. I have a voice. I have a story I am worth knowing. I trust myself. I am a creative being. I have no limitations and I love myself warts and all."
Transcription: “When you're ready, you can open your eyes and wiggle your, and shake your body and jiggle and readjust and come back into this space. Stretch, get some water, do what you need to do. A really good thing at the end of this is to give yourself a hug. Cause we are all missing hugs, like big time. So if you actually give yourself a hug and hold it there for a minute, it actually has like the same effect feels pretty good. You can do this any time you feel like you need to be held to because you're literally holding your heart right now. Thank you everybody. I appreciate all of you guys really big time. And I want you all to just be out there flourishing being your most badass selves and sharing what it is you have to share because that's what you are here for. So share that stuff."
If you're a San Diego-based womxn or non-binary/gender non-conforming creative who is interested in building community, collective education, and resource sharing, we'd love to have you! Please register to join Lady Brain Collective here!
Welcome to Boss Ladies, the review column written by members for members! Today, Jules Stewart will share all her feels about Keys, the latest album release from Cristina Cooper.
Cristina Cooper's newest album, Keys, is an incredibly honest and intimate look into her emotional journey from the past 25 years. This collection of songs, some of which were written over 20 years ago, is an open journal, chronicling moments from tender insecurity and heartache to bold declarations of love and dignity. Keys was released independently on November 28th, 2020.
Though it’s hard to use the term “silver lining” about any part of 2020, the slower pace of life for many artists who are accustomed to busy gigging schedules has allowed unique introspection and time for projects that have been pushed aside. Cooper used the time to revisit songs from her catalogue that she had never shared with the world. This collection of songs, along with five beautiful musical interludes, became Keys. It seems clear that these songs had been kept private not for lack of quality, but because of the vulnerability it takes to share such deeply personal and introspective work.
Cooper's choice of stripped down instrumentation and subtle production perfectly compliment the intimate nature of these songs. Perhaps the most elegant example of this is seen in “Come Back to Me” where the vocals are given space to breathe and soar over a steady piano rhythm and gentle synth swells. The vocals are consistently stirring and excellent throughout the album but are showcased perhaps most of all on “The Bar” with its impressive, expressive runs and complementary harmonies.
Cooper played every instrument and part on the album with the exception of the violin on “Long Road”, played masterfully by Evan Price. If that isn’t impressive enough, she also engineered, produced, and mixed the album herself in her own home studio. Her musical mastery is apparent but not ostentatious; every note seems to have purpose and serves the message of her songs ideally from the gentle guitar in “Wake Up” to the anchoring bass in “I Miss You When I Sleep”.
All in all, Keys is a phenomenally beautiful, emotionally vulnerable endeavor. Cooper's full range of artistic and technical talents are on display from songwriting to multi-instrument performance to engineering and production. The emotional candor and heartfelt lyrics of the songs shine brightly from start to finish and provide ample space for catharsis and connection for listeners. While we’re not done savoring Keys, we’re already looking forward to Cooper's next project, an instrumental mood music album. Stay tuned!
Listen to Keys:
Spotify - Apple Music - Tidal - Amazon Music - YouTube - Pandora - YouTube Music
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