keep on keeping on
I miss a simpler time. When the house would smell like cinnamon apples from the candles my mom would burn. John Denver’s greatest hits album softly playing throughout the house.
I miss being trapped in my room with only my imagination because my dad would mop the kitchen floor. I had to wait for it to dry, until it would no longer be molten lava. Every time I still managed to rescue the pretty damsel in distress. She had a British accent.
I miss building forts with my brother. With comforters so big, I felt I were an ant. The castle that could withstand any intruder (as long as they didn’t destroy the drawbridge made of pillows).
I miss the re-runs of Will & Grace and Friends. Chandler’s jokes were never funny but I would laugh anyway. My parents never found cartoons amusing.
I miss Sunday’s after church. Cleaning day, where Windex became the drug of choice. The cat in her weekly battle with the ferocious vacuum, that she never did end up winning.
I miss when my biggest concern was that I couldn’t find my most beloved Pokemon card or what was for dinner.
I miss a simpler time.
I fall in love in my dreams.
The best part.
Honestly, I can’t remember the first time I heard the name Watsky, or why he even came up in conversation. But I will always remember who he is.
George Watsky is a 26-year-old hip-hop artist from San Francisco. Before that, he performed a lot of spoken-word poetry. One piece in particular just stuck with me over time: a poem called “S is for Lisp.” This poem is about how Watsky takes his lisp, something that people make fun of him for, and uses it to empower himself. He talks about how there really isn’t such a thing as “being different” because everyone is “different.” If someone has the audacity to make fun of you, then what they think doesn’t even matter. They aren’t a part of making this world a better place. And to me, that’s the beauty of music.
Music is powerful. When a band or an artist has the ability to take the room, and make everyone believe in the same thing, even if it’s just for an hour, that’s powerful. It’s moving - have you ever been to a show where you can’t help but smile? Sometimes you don’t even know why… (If you’ve ever seen Circa Survive or Twenty | One | Pilots, you know exactly what I’m talking about.) And to me, Watsky is one of those powerful artists.
If I’m in a bad mood, or just not feeling 100% about everything, listening to Watsky tell me that everything is okay, or what the world would be like without adults, makes me smile without fail. When I got the email that we would be putting on a Watsky show, he pulled through for me again. Immediately, I smiled.
On October 22nd, George Watsky is going to change the lives of everyone who is in attendance at The Crofoot Ballroom. He’ll be performing with tour-mate, Wax. And I’ll be there, smiling. I can’t wait. I can only hope that you’ll be there with us smiling right along.
Written by Connor LaRowe (Marketing Assistant at Fusion Shows)
Photo by Gaby Esensten
Take a listen to Watsky’s latest album here: http://goo.gl/vCj8k3
Tickets for the show are on-sale now here: http://goo.gl/qu31wo