Week Two: Gemini keeps you on track

This is Week 2 in the Backwards Record Release countdown to Stingray. (6 down, 2 to go). This record release has been a journey of action, connection and discovery. I had a general road map of what each week would entail, as I introduced the song of the week and built activities and media around that but the main goal has been to gather my community and wrap my arms around it. A big discovery for me has been in how much I love livestreaming conversations with my colleagues in and around music. I have launched The Hannah Judson Beat, intimate conversations around big ideas in music, creativity, spirit, health and well-being. This is just the beginning! I also decided to replace a full band concert in Week 1 (impossible with our lockdown) with an online music festival of amazing women in music, art and culture. More on that below!

This week is Number 2. Twins, a peace sign, chopsticks. It is the smallest and only even prime number. Number two is the person almost in charge of everything. It is about teamwork, relationships, and diplomacy. No man is an island, no matter how much we may feel that way in the lockdown, and the number 2 helps us remember our team, our group, our “we.” We are a part, not apart.

This week’s song is Water Me Down, a song inspired by Giotto’s late Gothic “Lamentation”, but placed in a contemporary context, the mourning of daily loss, a faucet’s steady drip. You can listen on spotify and all the other digital outlets where you go for music.

Coming up:

Thursday 26 Nov. This is Thanksgiving week in the U.S. It’s always the third Thursday of November. This holiday kicks off the holiday season with our families of origin and the ones we compose ourselves. Like everything else this year, it will be a different kind of celebration but I am hoping to take a moment to focus on all the things I am grateful for. There are so many!

Friday 27 Nov. I’ll be talking with Tom Kwiat of Live and Amplified about the Backward Record Release, MUSEfest, and more. https://www.facebook.com/liveNamplified

Saturday 28  Nov. I’m on Woody Radio chatting with Twirl Radio’s Mike Lidskin at 10:30am PST / 1:30pm EST / 19h30 Paris. Tune in to what is always a really fun time. https://twirlradio.com

Saturday 5 Dec + Sunday 6 December, I am hosting MUSEfest 2020 Online. We have an amazing lineup of music, art, poetry, dance, film and more. Details to be announced on the festival page. https://www.facebook.com/themusefest

Sunday 6 Dec. I am going to be reading excerpts from a recent short story I wrote called “The Clink of Ice” at Jelli Fest. I am so happy to be part of the Bristol UK based festival. 14h25pm. Join the group to access the festival. https://www.facebook.com/groups/659928531258189

I hope your head is above water, unless you are diving underneath on purpose.

Much love,

Hannah

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