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3.22.2012





i often struggle when asked to write a piece for someone or something else. whether it is an online magazine, another blog, or an essay for an application, i flounder. i don't know if there is more ease writing here, in my own space, because i know that no matter what there will always be another blog post, should i choose.

well, when katie asked me to contribute to volume two of the off switch i was nervous. her publication, which she produces almost entirely by herself (from what i can tell) is stunning. i mean, the first one was absolutely stunning. and i wanted to live up to that.

she asked me to expand on an idea that i've often touched on here: this last year and the profound effect that music had on me.

now i must tell you, i actually quite like the article i wrote. and so i would be deeply honored if you all would hop over and check out the publication.

my article is right near the front.



i can't wait to really dive into the publication--the photography, the ideas and the words--all stunning. refreshing, really.

so without further ado: off switch

and please do let me know what you think!

xo
meg

21 comments:

Jayda said...

Loved it.

Mary said...

It's wonderful, and I absolutely feel the same way about music. I have a couple tickets on my desk that I've been smiling at for weeks.

KristyWes said...

Loved this! Particularly the line "Mapping city and self, unfurling New York and my place in it." Good stuff.

Lottie said...

Absolutely beautiful--gave me goosebumps--I am off to listen to Noah and the Whale right now.

Sheridan in the City said...

such a great article. articulated so much of how I feel about music, and got me thinking about who my Ella is. thanks for sharing!

Tanu said...

beautiful.... you nailed it. music never leaves your lonely....

emy said...

wow, excellent article. i especially loved the last few paragraphs. reminded me of a favorite quote: ‎"[M]usic is about as physical as it gets: your essential rhythm is your heartbeat; your essential sound, the breath. We're walking temples of noise, and when you add tender hearts to this mix, it somehow lets us meet in places we couldn't get to any other way." Anne Lamott, 'Traveling Mercies'
thanks for, as always, keeping it raw.

The Lewicutt's est 2006 said...

I thoroughly enjoyed that! Your words resonate. Really really resonate.

Kerri J. said...

I loved this piece! I went to my first concert when I was 13 and haven't stopped since. That one moment, when everyone is singing along, everyone is moving to the beat, everyone is in the same place at the same time, feeling vastly personal things in a crowd, that sharing? ... I never feel more a part of humanity than I do at those moments. A good live show can carry me for over a week with good energy. Simply happy to be alive. Music is so good for the soul. I'm so glad you discovered this last year -- you deserved to!

Jenny said...

Beautifully said, as usual. I love your words, Meg. And your taste in music!

Mel said...

Absolutely beautiful--both the magazine and your writing. Your revelations are both so universal and personal; you have a gift. I hope you know that. And what you say the music has done for you, your writing will do, has done, is doing.

Thanks,
Mel

Kmarie said...

Whoops- I meant to leave my other comment here but got lost in the previous post's song and accidentally left it there. Ah well. It's there ... admiring your article.

Erin said...

Awesome article, Meg! What IS it with boys and music. I can totally relate certain songs or types of music with certain ex boyfriends. It's funny how memory works.

by B. said...

SO beautiful! I'm in love with your words. And what a wonderful publication! love it.

CityGirl said...

love it. I have not heard of most of the musicians you write of, but will definitely look them up. as for 'did it all without a man', I give you one better: 'you did it all ON YOUR OWN'.
;)

Taylor said...

I loved your article and thanks so much for introducing us to this publication. It's lovely!

You had never seen a concert until last year? That is mindblowing. But I'm glad you've gone and made up for that!

I'm going to see The Head and the Heart at Coachella. I cannot wait!

Sonja said...

love it love it love it ! Every syllable written, every band mentioned and every moment you learned form. wonderful!
i wish i could write like you,..actually have you ever written a song? or lyrics ? I feel like you would probably write something really beautiful and honest.
you shoud!!! if you haven't already :o)
i've tried and learned that I'm really not very talented when it comes to lyrics hahaha

sandi said...

I loved it... I love the lyrics, and your voice soo suits the song. Sultry and warm... great job!

Claire said...

This really got me in my gut. Great, great article. It makes me feel a little more optimistic tonight :)

Katie said...

I read your article, and it made me cry. I've been listening to so much music lately- nearly every second of every day. Charlie Fink's voice...I am longing for the day when I can see him live.

I've only been to a few concerts, and this summer, instead of going to Europe or the Middle East like I have in the past, I think this is the summer that I'll spend all my money on concert tickets. Switchfoot in April, Young the Giant and Florence & the Machine in July. Maybe some others. I'm still looking for my Ella, though.

xo

Sera said...

meg, i can't tell you how much i loved this article! i related to it more than you could know. so THANK YOU for sharing it with us. :)