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  • Recorded some porch music with Lake Mary today. Last time playing with @sylvanite for a while. Safe travels!

    Recorded some porch music with Lake Mary today. Last time playing with @sylvanite for a while. Safe travels!

  • 1 day ago - 1 note

  • Ben is beautiful.

    yvynyl:

    premiereBen Seretan - Light Leaks

    My friend Ben sent me this letter from Alaska:

    Hi Mark,

    I’ve spent the last two summers in southeast Alaska, in a town called Sitka, situated on a series of islands in the Pacific. There are about 9,000 people who live here - worlds away from my life in New York City (I’m fond of saying that there are more bands in Brooklyn than there are people here). I’ve come to Alaska through the Sitka Fellows Program - a new residency program. Essentially it means that I’m here to live simply and to play the guitar and to sing into the ocean.

    In no particular order, here are the things I’ve learned to cherish here:

    -the long, lazy arc of the sun as it rises and sets, staying up in the sky past well past 10pm
    -the ever-uncanny, screaming calls of ravens in the woods and in parking lots
    -the deep, happy, living smell of wet spruce trees
    -swimming in cold ocean water with the silhouette of a volcano in the distance
    -swimming near the airport runway and under planes as they take off
    -the quiet persistence of thousands of fish making their way upstream
    -the constant movement of water, in the waves and in the tides and in the sky
    -a small, icy waterfall nestled deep in the woods - I’ve stood under it and hollered for joy
    It’s very beautiful here, laughably so at times. But what’s more is that there is time and space to do things. Time to walk miles and miles into the woods and up mountains. Big, empty rooms that I fill with sound. Time to talk on the phone with my friends. An abundance of space in which to consider my tiny body against the sea, the mountains, the starry veil of heaven.

    Writing and playing music here is so easy. It just flows. In New York, I do my work in spite of the world - in spite of rent, in spite of student loans, in spite of the loud fun of bars gently calling me out into the night. Here, in Alaska, due to some potent combo of well being and natural awe, the words and tones just are. My voice and my guitar astonish me with their clarity. And when I sing,

    "You will be stronger tomorrow
    You will be wiser tonight
    You will find new love without warning
    You will find new joy with every breath”

    I really know that it is true.

    With affection,

    ben

    PS - get this on cassette tape here.

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  • 5 days ago - 39 notes

  • Rain drum circle!!! (at Cedar River Watershed Education Center)

  • 1 week ago

  • 8pm swim in Point Reyes with @gossimersound and @lakemarymusic. Swim every day. “Sad faces.”

    8pm swim in Point Reyes with @gossimersound and @lakemarymusic. Swim every day. “Sad faces.”

  • 1 week ago

  • Lake Mary at the convent tonight in sf. 660. Oak st. 8pm. With @spiritsoftheredcity @lakemarymusic

    Lake Mary at the convent tonight in sf. 660. Oak st. 8pm. With @spiritsoftheredcity @lakemarymusic

  • 1 week ago

  • Oakland! There’s two copies of “ignoring the path” at E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore. Check it out.

    Oakland! There’s two copies of “ignoring the path” at E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore. Check it out.

  • 1 week ago

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