LETTER FROM A FRIEND : JAN 2021
Updated: Jan 8, 2021
Caitlin here. God I miss you all. If 2020 has taught me anything, it is that I cannot live and thrive without the people that matter most to me. And I truly feel this sentiment reverberating in so many others as well, through every conversation and connection-at-a-distance that we make. So I'm gonna try something new. Once a month, a short love note and cultural grab bag that reaches out across the void, from me to you, in hopes to brighten your day:
◯ MONTHLY PLAYLIST ♫♪♬ BECAUSE WE ALL NEED VIBES RIGHT NOW ◯
◯ NEW FRIEND ENERGIES PROJECTS ◯
◯ INSPIRING WORK FROM CULTURE MAKERS I LOVE, EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS, & more cool tidbits TO LIFT SPIRITS & RAISE VIBRATIONS ◯
JANUARY 2021 PLAYLIST ON SPOTIFY
⤷ LAST YEAR'S PODCAST PROJECT... Happened to do an episode on vaccine hesitancy. No matter how you feel about the COVID vaccines, this is worth a listen. Sociologist Jennifer Reich approaches it from a public health perspective.
Have a listen and let me know what you think!
It's such an important issue for all of us.
⤷ HAPPENING TONIGHT! FRI 1/8 @ 7-8:30PM: musical artist and beat maker COLBY GROVES aka one half of creeplogic, battles in Round 4 of a live beat-making competition on the Twitch TV COMPLEX Channel. Check the BLOG for a candid interview w Colby, & tune in live at 7 and have your minds blown by some pure talent!
In early 2020 before the pandemic hit, I started a new creative venture called FRIEND ENERGIES. I wanted to build a creative network and platform that was based not on the noise and demands of an industry, but on the trusting, durational, prismatic relationships between friends and creative collaborators – the foundation upon which I've built my entire creative career. I then went on to spend most of 2020 at home, suddenly a full-time stay-at-home parent to 2 young children. The creative work slowed, shifted, morphed. Instead of making podcasts like I was last year, I was up to my ears in dirty diapers and long hours and sleep training and... as my (now) 4-year-old puts it, "hard adventures." Sometime over the summer, when she was still 3, we cut her hair for the first time. I didn't want to do it (those CURLS!), but she insisted that she wanted the same haircut as her dad 😂. So off it came, like so many other parts of our 2020 plans.
I keep it on the windowsill in my studio to remind me of what was, but also of what will inevitably grow back.
If you find yourself somewhere between sheer terror and blind hope, I'm right there with you. We will all find our way through, for better or worse (and probably both). And no matter what grows back, it will be ours.
Keep your heads up and wear that mask! ~ Caitlin ~