Guest Blog: Kate Tucker On The Importance of Community in Music
It Takes a Village: The Importance of Community in Music
When I moved to Nashville from Seattle via NYC, I learned something that changed everything for me as a performing songwriter. Here it is. The power of music is exactly proportional to the community it engenders. We’ve heard it said that music is a universal language, that it has the power to heal, that it can bring people together. If truth and beauty are what we seek as human beings, these are very beautiful truths that we as artists get to play with and let transform our writing, our recording, our performances, and our very lives.
Six months ago my band, Kate Tucker and the Sons of Sweden, launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for our new record. Partly because we wanted to create a project that would stand out amidst the myriad of record making ventures on crowdfunding sites, and partly because we really love making music videos, we decided to make a visual album. What began as a ‘visual album’ turned into a highly collaborative artistic experiment with ten filmmakers, two choreographers, two visual artists, two photographers, and one indie rock band. As the project progressed, this team of individual artists became a specially focused community within the already burgeoning arts scene in Nashville, stretching beyond to include artists in Cleveland, Seattle, NYC, Berlin, and Tel Aviv.
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