This week, I was able to participate in a special event over at Esther’s Ever After. Digitally speaking, I’m the first booth on your right. I got to write a nostalgic post about my favorite childhood book, and Brenna was kind enough to host a giveaway for one paperback copy of Titan Magic. It’s free! And international! I’m not entirely sure how long the contest will last, so if you’re interested, head on over, read about my childhood eccentricities, laugh at my inability to spell the author’s name, and enter to win!
I guess I’m gushing again, though, I swear I only meant to do it twice… Ah, who am I kidding? I’ll probably gush at least eleventy more times. This time, I want to share something a little closer to home than what I’ve blogged about in the past.
First, a confession: I am not a decisive person. I do my best these days, but it doesn’t come naturally. So it should come as no surprise that I went to three different colleges before I finally graduated. And I lived in all manner of places with all manner of roommates while attending. One such school was highly musical in nature, and so were all my roommates, including Jenn.
Jenn and I shared a room with another friend (yes, three girls in one room) in a small house, and rent was cheap for that reason. We were all very different people, and our bits of the room tended to reflect that. The left side was filled with knights and ladies, pink and yellow ribbons. It looked like a fairy tale corner. The other side, Jenn’s side, was decked out like a bohemian café. And my side… eh… I slept on a futon mattress in the middle of the room. I didn’t have a side, per se. See? I’ve always been a fence-sitter. But Jenn just oozed creativity, originality, and a love of beautiful things. She collected illustrated children’s books and introduced me to Griffin and Sabine (if you’ve never explored the Griffin and Sabine books, you’re missing out on a unique treasure). She played the violin beautifully, and she had the sweetest personality in the world. No joke.
When I found out she was planning to record an album, I went kinda nuts. Her unique style and gorgeous voice, mixed with her composer-husband’s eclecticism and the talent of the other musicians, makes Clearly Beloved a ensemble unlike any you have likely heard before. They are classically trained, ya’ll. They have skills and ambition and boundless creativity. And now, they have a Kickstarter to raise money for recording their first EP, which is why I’m gushing about them.
So if you happened to stumble onto this blog, and you want to hear something truly different, check out a sample of their music. And if you like what you hear, and you’d like to support them even the tiniest bit, head on over to Kickstarter and back them. They’re going to be awesome. I know they are.