Creating editorial content has been a passion for years. The digital age is flooded with an overabundance of information, and a lack of voice. My goal is to revive clear voice to engage multiple audiences.
Was a music journalist for the weekly Seattle paper, The Stranger, covering live show previews and long form arts coverage. Click the screenshots to be taken to full pieces, including the first - Christmas 2015's cover story.
Currently a music journalist for the monthly Seattle publication, City Arts Magazine.
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PROJECT GIRL CRUSH
Currently working with local collective Project Girl Crush to write features on women to connect the female community through the strength of vulnerability.
Sound on the Sound was a local Seattle music blog. I wrote editorial pieces, live reviews, and album reviews.
From the title of this piece, you might think I’m going to tell you what music is.
That was misleading. I’m so sorry.
I don’t know.
I’ve spent most of my life trying to figure that out. It’s something that I can’t create very well, as anyone who has heard my clumsy fingers find their way around a fret board can attest to. It’s something that keeps me up at night, shifting my pulse around like I’m its plaything, making me stare out into the wild quiet of the night like a woman possessed. It has brought me through some hard times, helped me punctuate the good times. It lives on my record shelves, in my pocket, buried under my skin until my skin gives way to eternal earth.
It’s the longest relationship I’ve ever had. We’ve had break ups, like the weeks when I just couldn’t handle any more melody and I left it briefly for a thrilling stint with Radiolab and The Moth. But we always come back together.
But here is what it isn’t.
Music isn’t something you own. I mean, pay for music. Seriously, pay for music. You pay for all that expensive, stupid juice you drink, so fucking pony up for something that will keep you sane during your ridiculous cleanse.
But it’s not yours. It’s also not entirely the artist’s. That is the great mystery of song. Bach died, Elliott Smith died, Kurt Cobain died and also probably got sick of “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” I bet Marcy Playground is like, “Please don’t make us play ‘Sex and Candy’ again, we write other songs.” But people keep connecting to “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Sex and Candy” and XO and Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1, which means that the songs have their own lives, which is the most transcendent and magical thing any of us frail mortals could hope for- a creation of flesh that does not exist in the physical world can live beyond our sputtering hearts. You are a caretaker of the song, it is there for you when you need it, but it will spirit away after you are done with it, and you can’t kill it. Not even with a Pitchfork... For full piece, click here
From 2009-2010 I wrote live reviews, news pieces, and album reviews for the online arts and entertainment section of The Denver Post.
Three years ago Michelle Carpenter set out with her colleagues at University of Colorado at Denver to create a socially-conscious design course that integrated real world experience into the classroom around the idea of “learning to be good (designers) while doing good.”
The course that was formed, Design Studio 3, now involves two large group projects. The first half of the semester is centered around conceptualizing and creating an entire design identity for eight non-profit groups. This includes everything for the non-profit’s design aesthetic; a comprehensive website, a logotype, and a promotional video.
Taking that spirit into the second half of the semester, Carpenter met with Storm Gloor, an assistant professor in Music, Entertainment, and Industry Studies to partner with CAM Records for the latter portion of the course.
CAM Records, both a student-run record label and a course that Gloor heads, helps promotes local artists in Denver and offers students the opportunity to pursue creative avenues in that promotion. In the fall of 2009, Carpenter’s class created a video for Glass Delirium (below) which was featured on Fuse TV, sparking the interest to take the collaboration further with this year’s class.
This fall Gloor and Carpenter have expanded the course’s reach to create videos with eight local artists; the Hollyfelds, MTHDS, John Common, the Heyday, Leslie Brown, My Body Sings Electric, Glowing House and Regret Night. Carpenter aims to have her students fully immersed in every stage of music production... For full piece, click here.