Faculty members from the Berklee School of Music (now Berklee College of Music) in Boston, presenting the first global broadcast of traditional and modern Malayan music on the programme Music USA from the John Hancock Hall via the Voice of America in 1958.
(Fourth from left) Father Norman O’Connor, Ahmad Merican of Radio Malaya as host and narrator, John Neves on the double bass and saxophonist Charlie Mariano.
“Interviewer: I wanted to talk to you guys about performing with Ella, with Nirvana. That was a surreal experience watching that. Taylor Hawkins [to Dave Grohl]: You played with Ellen? Dave Grohl: No, Lorde! Her name is Ella. Well, when we were coming up with ideas for people to sing with us at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame thing, eventually it started to turn into this bigger idea that we would have women sing with us, and try to find people that represented the Nirvana aesthetic. Some of them were friends, Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, Annie Clark of St Vincent - we had never met her before - she is a really powerful progressive awesome artist. But I thought of Lorde because when that song ‘Royals’ came out, it really did sort of stand apart from everything else on modern top 40 or pop radio. And it was such a huge hit! I remember sitting in the car and hearing it for the first time, and my kids were singing it, and I hadn’t even heard the song yet but they knew every word. And I was so happy that they were singing those words. And for a song that I considered to be that meaningful and strong on popular radio, to me that was as much of a revolution as what happened in 1991 with all of these bands that started to break through all over the polished, pop shit. And so I thought of her. She represents that next generation of revolution, maybe. She’s definitely a brilliant, powerful, really big presence or personality. Although she’s so shy! It’s so crazy, man. She flew from I don’t even know where, Mexico City, she landed that morning, she got no sleep, we didn’t rehearse we just sound checked, we did it once, we did the show, I kinda said 'Hello’, she sort of looked at us as we went down the hall, she sang it, and that was it. Like, 'Elvis has left the fucking building!’ It was crazy. And there were people we asked who didn’t want to do it, because they were just scared. Pat Smear: Most of them! Dave Grohl: People didn’t want to touch it. But she did it. She’s a badass.”
I see a lot of posts about some members of the Carmilla fandom attacking Ellen, Steph, and Jordan because they didn’t like certain parts of the show. (To clarify, I’m not saying don’t criticize the show. Everyone has the right to express their opinion. But make it respectful.) I also see people harassing Natasha and the rest of the cast with questions/comments about Negovanman, and that Nat chose not to participate in a ginterview or anything similar on Kaitlyn Alexander’s YouTube channel.
I’m tired of blogging and reblogging post after post telling my fellow Creampuffs to cut it out and be respectful to the cast and crew and the abundance of reasons why. Obviously, some people aren’t getting the message. I get it. And if watching Carmilla has taught me anything, it’s that you can’t rid the world of all evil, but you can at least take comfort in knowing that you made even a fraction of a difference. A change is a change no matter how small.
But despite all the hate the cast and crew are getting, I see just as many posts defending them and showing them the compassion they deserve. And in the face of all the negativity, all I can say is:
I hope the cast and crew see those posts. I hope they see enough positive feedback and support that they continue giving us the show we’ve all come to love so much. Carmilla is everything to me. It’s gotten me through some of the hardest times of my life. When Steph ‘liked’ the pixel art of the Carmilla S1E1 opening title I did on Minecraft (a total of about 7 or 8 hours of work, by the way), I did a happy dance so bizarre I got a weird look from my neighbor. The same thing happened when Elise favorited my tweet nominating her for an award, and when Sharon and Kaitlyn favorited my tweets calling them my idols both professionally (as inspirations during my theatrical performance career) and as someone struggling with their gender identity and sexuality. I hope they all see how much this fandom means to me and people like me, and how much we want to right the wrongs done by the less-than-savory fans in the past.
Carmilla cast and crew, please see that not all of us are like the select few who have given you trouble. We are a good fandom. Great, actually. The best I’ve ever been in. There are some amazing people who love your show. Don’t let what critics and butthurt fans say determine its fate.
Thank you so much for doing what you do. I look forward to the premiere of S2E7 tomorrow. Have an amazing day/night/whatever the case may be.