Cyclone — a new song about white privilege and racial injustice

sage harrington - cyclone

I wrote this song after learning about the murder of Philando Castile. Horribly enough, there have been so many other shootings of brown and black people by police since his death at the beginning of July. This isn’t necessarily news to brown and black folks, I hear, but it was news to me as an ignorant haver-of-white-privilege.

Here’s the Guardian’s ever-lengthening list of the folks who have been killed by police so far this year.

Happy New Year from the Happy Glands!

sage and jared's happy gland band

What are you doing new year’s eve?

Merry holidays, happy solstice, greetings of the seasons, etcetera, y’all!

Hope the season is treating you well 😉 We’ve had just a fantabulous time celebrating Christmas this year.

We also had a great time recording this holiday classic jazz tune—which is the first time we’ve taken use of recording our very own 1970s player piano aka our vintage honky tonk piano.

And in other news, we’re really close to one of our milestone goals on Patreon! Jared and I love making music videos, and we so love that you guys pay us in cold hard cash every time we make one. It’s like having a job in music! It’s amazing!

We’re really close to our goal of making $75 per video. When we reach it, we’ll remove ads from our YouTube channel. Because they’re icky, and we want to be rid of them just as much as you do.

Best to you, lots of love, hope you’re eating lots of cookies if you’re into that sort of thing—
See ya in 2016—
Sage and Jared

 

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(((((((here is a big fat hug from Jared and me)))))))

Long, Long Walk—New Video!

Our newest video… One in which we visit the Bosque of ABQ and magical things occur.

This video was a fun one to put together because it’s the first video project we’ve made that’s got a bit of narrative to it. It’s a scavenger hunt! It was a new challenge to plan and shoot, out in the wild. 😉

Ooh, and the reason I wrote this song in the first place is because for Carol Boss of KUNM’s radio show, Women’s Focus, put a call out for a theme song for a segment of the show. The segment, Revolutionary Soup, is all about slow, local food, community, coming together, all that good stuff. 🙂 So it was a nice bit of inspiration for the tune. 

Oh, and by the way, save the Bosque from development.

Lots of love,

Sage

 

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You Won’t See Me—a new video! It’s a BEATLES cover!

Last week Jared and I had the most fun we’ve ever had making a music video. I mean, we didn’t even argue about one little bit of the process, not even once! It was amazing.

We premiered the video yesterday on Pyragraph, where I included some hard-won tips on how to make a video efficiently (without arguing). And the thing has already received over 1500 views on facebook!

Eeep, it’s so exciting. I hope you like it. You can watch it on YouTube over here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTIn-rM4V_Q

xoxo
-s

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Video of Sage’s set opening for Nellie McKay, plus somuchnews.

Sage and Jared's Happy Gland Band - Sage Harrington

Last week was the culmination of something that, as you may have noticed on social media, I had been freaking out about for weeks. I was a total disaster! I opened for Nellie McKay at the Outpost (and—spoiler alert—it was amazing, so much fun). But I was really nervous leading up to it. I begged Neal Copperman (of AMP Concerts) to let me do it. And he did! I couldn’t believe it. I just let myself get so amped up (an appropriate reaction, based on the name of the promoter, yes?) in anticipation of the show.

I really love playing at the Outpost. People were so responsive and kind and warm and lovely and laughed at my awkward jokes and it was a really great, energizing experience. Ahhhh, when can we do the next one, Neal? 😉

Jared, lovely man that he is, set up the tripod and our nice camera and recorded my set. And it’s up on YouTube now!

Sage Harrington - Nellie McKay

Another thing that added to my recent amped-up nervous stressfest is that Jared Putnam and I will be moving across town soon! We’re so not ready yet. We need more boxes and more newspaper and probably more mojitos to make all the stuff go into all of the correct receptacles.

Here’s a cool thing: the place we’re moving to has a yard that the chickens (ooh and the people, too!) will be able to hang out in, which will just be such an improvement. A great feature. Right now they spend their days in the neighbor’s abandoned lot, and while we’re grateful for that and all, we’ve never felt compelled to make some sort of rum and limeade drink and hang out in the neighbor’s abandonded lot to watch the chickens peck at things. #it’sahardknocklifeforus <—privilege

So, come June 8 we’ll be sweaty and hauling stuff up 8th street and just wishing we were still putting stuff into all the boxes, drinking the mojitos. (By the way, here is a nice mojito recipe, in podcast form.)

And after that we’ll be able to make something of the new songs we’ve been promising to you. Shhh: we’ve started recording new things! And the first mix sounds so exciting!

Ah… and now that I’m emotionally ready to talk about it, Jared Israel Putnam​ and I attempted to shoot a music video today but our attempts were futile at best. We encountered problems: the sun shining, the wind blowing, the dust storms. Rain. Hissy fits (mine). Oh, and cops. We were afraid of the cops potentially talking to us. Going out into the world to shoot a music video? Not always a pursuit with the most predictable outcomes. So we’ll wait until after the sweaty moving day to try once more.

But today wasn’t totally lost. Jared Putnam gave me a haircut with the dog clippers again, which was exciting at first, terrifying in the middle, then proved to be one of the best things that happened today. I tried to take a good selfie but abandoned that pursuit as well so just suffice it to say that I’m basically Pink now and will soon have no choice but to perform at the Grammys, simultaneously singing and doing aerials. #nextvideo

Ahhhh, I just can’t wait to share the new music with you. But we gotta pack these boxes first.

With love and fruity rum drinks,
Sage xoxo