I never thought I would be a vinyl person. Growing up, they were things we had in the house that we never used. Our record player cabinet was a shelf for other things, and I'm pretty sure the player inside it was broken anyway. As an adult I didn't really have particular interest in vinyl, … Continue reading I collect records. I am obsessed with them.
I haven't written anything in a while. Not because I didn't want to, but because I've been so busy, and any time I get some free time I instantly can't think of what to write. It's very annoying. I was busy finishing up my undergraduate degree. that's right, I graduated. Finally! this was a decade in the … Continue reading But I’ll do it at my pace…
I worked Frank Turner's Lost Evenings Festival in Camden last week. Despite chronic pain, chronic fatigue, jet lag, and seasonal allergies from hell - I somehow survived. There's too much to process still. Too much to smile about, and remember. I can't believe this is my life, and this is my job. I can't believe I … Continue reading God damn, it nearly killed us.
I often try to stop and reflect on my life - where I am, what I'm doing, etc. I think part of the reason I do this is because I'm frequently ill, so it's a way to remind myself of all the progress I've made and see the work I've done. I also do this, … Continue reading It’s All Happening
2016 was the year of Hamilton: An American Musical. Sure, the love affair began in 2015 - but the following year was when things really got out of hand. I saw the musical three times on Broadway, including once with the original cast. I traveled around the North East stalking the real people who made up … Continue reading How Lucky We Are To Be Alive Right Now
Most people who know me, know I have chronic illnesses. I'm eleven years deep with them, and explaining them - and living with them - is complicated. I currently have some diagnoses, but even those I question at times, because they're for things that have no tests. You get these dx by process of elimination, … Continue reading I’m not admitting defeat, I’m defying it.
This week, on April 29th, the dear friend and punk celebrity, Chris Farren, celebrates his birthday. Why this day is not a national holiday with the banks shut down and everything, is beyond me. Chris is, genuinely, one of my favorite musicians. He is also one of my favorite humans.
In the fall of 2015, I took a course at my university about musical subcultures. I adore fandom and am active in many. I went for the obvious topic of study: Frank Turner.
In December 2016 I received a text from a friend asking me if I was going to see The Menzingers in Brooklyn. "Nope," I shot back. For me, The Menzingers were a band I had seen a handful of times in the past who failed to grab me both at a gig and at home … Continue reading Falling in Love with The Menzingers
I missed blogging. I missed having a semi-organized place for my thoughts, things I wanted to share, things I thought were cool. So I made this. I hope I like it, and I hope you do too. I'm Valerie. I was born and raised in New York City. My hair changes colors a lot, but … Continue reading Hello.