TIME’s new cover makes me so mad I could write essays about it, but instead I’m going to keep job hunting since in today’s world a university degree means nothing and therefore like much of my generation, I’m stuck choosing between minimum wage jobs and internships that I can’t afford to accept in an attempt to pay off my tens of thousands of dollars worth of student debt.
I’d be interested in reading this article to see exactly what makes us entitled and lazy. Are we lazy because more of us are completing high school and going to college than ever before? Are we entitled because our standard of living is declining? Do we live with our parents because we’re too slothful to leave or is because our education costs are getting steeper and steeper while we’re getting less and less aid?
Tell us, Time Magazine, about how we’re narcissistic little slugs when we’re faced with an economic crisis that resulted in a lowering of our standard of living, an increase in tuition costs and how when we get out of our very expensive schools, more and more of us are going to end up working minimum wage jobs.
I feel this is an extremely delicate perch that if done right can produce a remarkable effect. The cost of college and the cost of living have skyrocketed but that is one of many economic/cultural changes in the past century.
- Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye, “An Origin Story” (via harrywhyles)
As a “thank you” for helping me fund my new full length, here is a live music video I shot for “Naive” which will appear on that record. Enjoy and PLEASE share this with your friends. Don’t be shy - reblog!
Naive // Speak Low If You Speak Love
You ruined all my favorite bands; every time I sing along I always see your hands. That perfect skin against my sweaty palms and your face of discontent always made me feel so small.
You abused all my favorite books and I know how you never read half the ones you took. Still all the pages are torn and frayed, memorized the underlined hoping to impress me
But it won’t work - I’m not that naive. No, we won’t work. You just don’t get me.
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Ladies and gentlemen, this is my best friend. Support him. Love him.
have you ever just stopped and realized that if you hadn’t met a certain person in your life, your life would be completely different
Speak Low If You Speak Love is an acoustic endeavor that deals with life, love, death, depression, angst, disappointment and hair. I’ve been writing songs under the stage name of SLIYSL for a few years now, and after a few casual releases, I’m ready to take this project to the next level.
The reason you’re here (hopefully) is because you’re interested in helping me fund the recording and pressing of my first full length record! How exciting! It all started last summer as I stepped foot in the studio to work on my first “official” EP that was to be titled “A Few Great Loves.” After I released two songs that were going to be on the EP, I sort of put the idea on the backburner as I started touring full-time with my band Good Luck Varsity. After meeting a ton of new people, experiencing new things and developing new relationships (as well as letting a few dissolve), I felt inspired to write a new batch of songs and kind of expand on the idea that “A Few Great Loves” was originally supposed to convey. The idea behind the record was to expose a plethora of reasons why different relationships of mine weren’t meant to work out, whether they were romantic pursuits or not. After sitting on the songs I had for about 9 months or so, I recognized that some of them needed work, some of them weren’t keepers, and some of them weren’t written yet.
That brings us to now. The new record is a 10-song, cohesive full length that’s an extension of A Few Great Loves. Although I don’t have a name for it yet (I’m sure it’s floating around here somewhere), I’m very excited about the product that I’ve created and I really think that if you’ve been interested in any SLIYSL releases I’ve done in the past, that you’ll enjoy the new tracks and my growth as a songwriter. I still write sad songs, I’m still pretty passive aggressive and I’m still an awful communicator outside of my musical walls. I think when it comes to music, honesty is the best policy. I’d rather be completely real than write a record I think it going to be a chart-topper. But maybe that’s what you fell in love with in the first place. Maybe that’s why you want to help me on this journey. Maybe you’re as excited about the release of this record as I am. I genuinely hope so.
QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE:
Why are you asking for $1,500?
I’m in the process of making a record that can compete (quality-wise) with music that you’ll hear on the radio, television or from your favorite band. It’s incredibly expensive. It would be common for a record label to spend a nice chunk of change, but seeing as I don’t have one, I’m out of luck! My budget will do the job well, but any extra funding will only improve the quality of the record and our ability to reach people with it. Between the studio time, mixing, mastering, design, packaging, it adds up really quickly. It takes a lot of time, energy and money to get these things off the ground!
Why ask fans to pay for it?
Aside from the fact that I don’t have enough to pay for it myself (ha!) I think this a super awesome opportunity for others to be involved. The idea of aiming to do something so close to my heart that I could not possibly do properly without your help is a journey that I’m excited to make. It is a unique and empowering time for artists and fans to connect and make things happen. It’s very humbling in the best of ways.
When will the record come out?
I’m aiming for an early summer release. I don’t want to wait to get it out there, so I don’t want you to want to wait either! This is another way to get friends, family and fans excited about the album, especially because they can play a very large role in the process.
If you want any SLIYSL tunes that I’ve done in the past, head here and download them for FREE: www.speaklowifyouspeaklove.bandcamp.com
If you have a second to spare, and a dollar in your bank account, it would be amazing if you would check out this kickstarter, and support a passionate, caring, and still very broke musician’s dream.
I truly feel like I’m a nuisance to all of my friends.
I hate being the one who cares all of the time.