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All ĭd Weekly events are all ages // $5 // 7-9pm
Isis Restaurant & Music Hall
743 Haywood Rd.
Asheville, NC 28806
Part stephaniesĭd house concert, part speed-dating-ish variety show, ĭd Weekly focuses on encouraging that part of one’s ĭd that is responsible for fun and for that wide-eyed quality one can only have with a beginner’s mind. Taking place in the intimate upstairs “living room” stage at the beautiful Isis at dinnertime, where fans can order chef-prepared food and drinks, the night is meant to be full of shared stories, flubs in the execution of new songs we hope to put on an album this year, and unique fan interaction opportunities to help us all learn more about each other. Zen teacher Shunryu Suzuki says, “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.” My hope is to play a lot of music and get to know fans’ stories in this intimate setting, and that attendees to ĭd Weekly come away with a greater sense of community and playfulness, and a desire to keep the dialog going.
After a year of soul-searching (see previous post), stephaniesĭd is re-engaging in a new way! I am looking for more dialog, more interaction with fans. So, I’ve designed a year-long series of experiments in music and human connection. Announcing: Re-ĭd!
“Re-ĭd” is shorthand for the re-engagement of, reinforcement of, return to, and re-imagining of that part of one’s psyche responsible for wildness and freedom, the ĭd. I designed Re-ĭd as a series of experiments sparked by a desire to gather fans’ stories, and ultimately aimed at building stronger community by teasing out authentic exchanges. Re-ĭd includes projects/events that will roll out this year, the first of which is a month-long concert residency in the cozy “living room” upstairs at Isis Music Hall in Asheville, NC called ĭd Weekly (more info to come)! We will also release the Lonely in Manhattan Multigenerational Live Video (shooting this month), and a new, interactive website for ĭd fans and beyond: the Miranda July-inspired Learning-You fan-art assignment project. Other experiments may also evolve from these.
We need your participation to make Re-ĭd a success! Get ready to connect with us, with other ĭd fans, and with your own inner ĭd. Oh, and be sure to sign up for our email newsletter below, if you haven’t, and “Like” and “Follow” above, if you haven’t.
Mostly regrouping, and this is very exciting for us! After a decade of pursuing this unpredictable animal we call an original music career, we are, in a sense, rebuilding the way we think of ourselves as musicians, and as people. We are looking at our roles, our dreams of who we want to be and what we want to see in the world, working out, meditating, writing songs, rehearsing, and touring just a little bit, when someone asks us to play a really sweet show, to stay connected to that part of the process.
I feel there is a new Stephaniesid emerging: one that’s more open, less burdened by temptations and pressures within the biz, one more connected than ever to the music that is our entire raison d’etre. What will this look like? A beautiful live video concept… a really cool residency (to occur in Asheville this spring), where band and fans can really do some connecting… and if all goes well, a website overhaul designed to allow more fan interaction.
We’ve missed you on the road. And we may be touring again too, but before anything else, we’ve got to make sure what we’ve got cooking has had ample time in the oven.
A fitting explanation of how to best care for the id within… (an excerpt from a letter by 20-year-old Hunter S. Thompson to a friend):
“To put our faith in tangible goals would seem to be, at best, unwise. So we do not strive to be firemen, we do not strive to be bankers, nor policemen, nor doctors. WE STRIVE TO BE OURSELVES.
But don’t misunderstand me. I don’t mean that we can’t BE firemen, bankers, or doctors—but that we must make the goal conform to the individual, rather than make the individual conform to the goal. In every man, heredity and environment have combined to produce a creature of certain abilities and desires—including a deeply ingrained need to function in such a way that his life will be MEANINGFUL. A man has to BE something; he has to matter.
As I see it then, the formula runs something like this: a man must choose a path which will let his ABILITIES function at maximum efficiency toward the gratification of his DESIRES. In doing this, he is fulfilling a need (giving himself identity by functioning in a set pattern toward a set goal) he avoids frustrating his potential (choosing a path which puts no limit on his self-development), and he avoids the terror of seeing his goal wilt or lose its charm as he draws closer to it (rather than bending himself to meet the demands of that which he seeks, he has bent his goal to conform to his own abilities and desires).”
(Full article by my admired friend Maria at Brainpickings: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/11/04/hunter-s-thomspon-letters-of-note-advice/)
Ready for some nerdy calculations? I was poring over every single New Year’s Resolution that found its way into the vase at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall during our NYE show. Even through bawling eyes, I could see somewhat of a pattern… they seemed to cluster into these universal human categories of hope and aspiration… and so i got out a calculator and found out this about all of us:
15.1% were about improving ourselves, or seeing things positively
2.7% were about having more fun
8.2% were about love
9.5% were completely random and (i’m gonna guess) alcohol-induced
13.7% were about getting more music into our lives
12.3% were about having better relationships with family/community
16.4% pertained to improving our health
22% related to learning presence, trust, calmness, and “knowing things are going to be OK”.
So it seems as an id community, we care about positivity, fun, love, random absurdity, music, family & friends, being fully alive, and being here now.
Wow. Yeah. I’ll take that. Happy 2014 everybody! I’m honored to be among us. Let’s keep navigating toward the light. You with me?