As an early childhood music educator (and now a parent), I do not want to listen to the songs I teach. “Down by the Bay”? “Old McDonald”? “Ram Sam Sam”? I do it all. They are so much fun to play with young humans – moving our bodies, singing call-and-response, playing lots of percussion instruments. But that doesn’t mean I want to listen to them in the car or at home. Don’t get me wrong, I love Raffi. I teach his songs in the classes I lead at Sloan’s Lake Park. I even have one of his albums on vinyl. But frankly, I don’t want to listen to “Shake Your Sillies Out” on regular rotation. Continue reading
Pride month is much more than rainbow logos and glitter-filled parades. It’s one well-deserved month of the year when those who are often made to keep their identity a secret are publicly praised for their differences instead – something that, while it would be great to have year round, is still a novelty of sorts.
As a longtime-ally-turned-outwardly-queer-person, I’ve had the honor of getting to know many facets of the LGBTQIA+ community in Colorado. While, like any communities, there are hiccups and room for even more inclusion, the queer community in Colorado is one that’s been a model to me in healthy community building. Continue reading
“Music brings a warm glow to my vision, thawing mind and muscle from their endless wintering.” – Haruki Murakami
Musings on Colorado Musicians
With the arrival of Spring comes the arrival of vaccinations, and the symbolism is all too clear. As the flowers begin to bloom and the animals emerge from hibernation, so does the city. Continue reading
The first music video I ever remember watching was Sheryl Crow’s “If It Makes You Happy.” I hadn’t seen anyone as cool or edgy in my short life and all I wanted was to be sucked into the screen and transformed into that red-lipped woman pulling her hair out in a nature and science museum. While that dream has yet to manifest, others are about to come true. Continue reading
I don’t know what it is, but Denver has a way of keeping me dreaming. When I first came to the city, my dream was of an art collective… creative mutual aid, if you will. A group that swapped services, art and music in the name of community. Continue reading
Back in March 2020 our post punk geek rock joke band Bolonium was so stoked to be playing our first-ever headlining gig at the Hi-Dive! (one of the raddest venues in Denver and owner Curt Wallach) with our buddies “Gort vs Goom” and “Damn Selene.” Our drummer Bonnie Finley even made us a cool-looking 80s poster for the event. Remember concert flyers? Continue reading
March 9, 2020, was our last Head Room Sessions and arguably, one of the best. We had a full house of old friends and new, and the laughter and music was flowing effortlessly. I stood behind the bar tearing up as I watched people connect through the joys of music, something I’ll never grow tired of. Our Cofounder Matthew and I high fived or grinned every time we passed by each other to complete a task, a silent confirmation that once again, all our hard work had paid off. Continue reading
I’ve often asked myself what trajectory my life would have taken had I never been introduced to Channel 12 or Teletunes.
I was a moody and dramatic child who sought solace over the airwaves, retreating in my room for hours on end with a hand-me-down TV (aluminum foil wrapped around the rabbit ears for the best possible reception). Admittedly, at that age, I put on airs – pretending to be far more of an intellectual than I actually was (I still tend to do that… oh imposter syndrome, you’re so funny)! PBS became my gateway for a wealth of discoveries. I could tune out the world at large and stumble into infinite worlds on KBDI-TV 12. Continue reading