Hello. If you could please take a moment of your time to read this post I’d like to make a pitch to you. The woman in the above gif is singer/songwriter/actress Shaina Taub. She’s kind of low-key amazing. She’s written the music and lyrics for several musicals, was a recipient of the 2014 Jonathan Larson grant, arranged and performed music for the American Repertory Theatre’s bold reimagining of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, she recently made her debut with a concert at Lincoln Center, and she’s been nominated for a Lucille Lortel award for her performance as Princess Mary in Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, a musical she also played the accordion for, because she’s a boss. But most of her considerable talent is centered on her work as a New York based singer/songwriter. Her songs are some of the most amazing music I’ve ever heard and I’d like to recommend to you a short sample of her body of work.
Do you like long, quirky but heartfelt ballads about animals in love? She wrote one of those and it’s great.
Do you enjoy sick jams, female driven stories, and Greek mythology? She wrote a whole musical about that and it’s awesome.
Do you like soulful, topical quasi-gospel music that speaks about the frustration of existing in a world of gun violence and injustice? She’s got a song for you.
Anyways, here’s the pitch: Shaina is currently self-producing her own album,and though she’s released several EPs before, this is essentially going to be her debut album. The problem is that producing an album is expensive, especially if you’re self-producing it like she is. So, to raise funds for her album, Shaina has released all of her previous discography onto a single package, entitled The Harvest Package.
It’s only $12 and it’s available through Bandcamp, which offers you the option to pay more if you feel inclined to support the artist. It includes 18 tracks of some amazing songs (seriously, it’s great stuff) as well as 8 pdfs of sheet music of some of the songs. Basically, great value for your money. To quote the sales page:
The value of all this material is around $80. This package is yours for only $12, or you can give more if you like. Every penny from THE HARVEST PACKAGE will go straight toward making my new album. If you’ve appreciated my work these past few years, and feel inclined to give a little (or a lot) more than $12, I’d be so grateful for your support. I hope that my songs have provoked some thought, provided a little healing, or spread a bit of love in your life. Thank you for listening.
Listen to that polite sales pitch. You should feel obligated to purchase this now.
I have no real affiliation with Shaina Taub, I’m just a big, longtime fan who really wants to see her finally drop an album so I can have something to listen to obsessively for the next 30 years. The package isn’t terribly expensive (it’s definitely cheaper than anything on iTunes and probably better) and by buying The Harvest Package you’re supporting an amazing independent artist, and you’re likely to get some sick jams out of it. If not you could maybe reblog this so someone who might be interested can. Idk I can’t tell you what to do I didn’t think I’d have the nerve to get this far into the PSA but I would very much appreciate it.
“Dieser Moment, wenn du in deinem Bett liegst. Die Decke anstarrst. Dieses ewige schwarz. Die blutige Klinge in der Hand. Getrocknete Tränen um deine Augen. Und du fühlst nichts, überhaupt nichts. Da ist nur diese unendliche leere in dir, dieses leichte drücken auf deiner Brust, das dir das Atmen ein bischen schwerer macht. Alles verliert an Bedeutung. Minuten fühlen sich an wie Stunden. Dein Körper ist taub. Und du kannst nur noch an eine Sache denken.. daran wie du es endgültig beenden könntest…”
House meme: 5/10 favorite episodes→“The Dig” (7x18): “I didn’t… expect compassion from you. I would’ve taken commisseration. Hell, I would’ve taken revulsion. Any… emotional engagement at all. It’s no wonder Cuddy broke up with you!”
Caitlyn Jenner’s ESPYs acceptance speech for the Arthur Ashe Courage Award contains many very important observations on what it means to be transgender.
She also touched upon the struggles of transgender youth, who are coming to terms with the fact that they are different and who are trying to figure out how to handle that, “on top of every other problem that a teenager has.”
“Just last month, the body of 17-year-old Mercedes Williamson, a transgender young woman of color was found in a field in Mississippi stabbed to death. I also want to tell you about Sam Taub, a 15-year-old transgender young man from Bloomfield, Michigan. In early April, Sam took his own life. Now, Sam’s story haunts me in particular because his death was a few days before ABC aired my interview with Diane Sawyer. Every time something like this happens, people wonder, “Could it have been different, if spotlighting this issue with more attention could have changed the way things happen?” We’ll never know.“
To all the trans youth out there who are in a dark place: Keep in mind that things are changing now – rapidly. There are people out there who will understand you and love you for who you are. They are definitely worth waiting for!
IN CAITLYNS SPEECH SHE MENTIONED A TRANS BOY THAT KILLED HIMSELF IN APRIL:
“I also want to tell you about Sam Taub, a 15-year-old transgender young
man from Bloomfield, Michigan. In early April, Sam took his own life.
Now, Sam’s story haunts me in particular because his death was a few
days before ABC aired my interview with Diane Sawyer.“
I KNEW SAM TAUB. HE WAS ONE OF MY FRIENDS. I WENT TO HIS FUNERAL
Caitlyn Jenner honored Sam Taub during her speech, and Sam’s mother is pissed off because they thought he was just “confused” thanks to medicine he was taking for depression and that he wasn’t really trans.