From our show at Castleburg Brewery & Taproom in Richmond VA on February 22, 2020. Unknown to us at the time, this was the last show we were to play before everything shut down for the coronavirus pandemic. Fortunately, our friend Matthew was on hand to record this song from our 3rd set, “High and Low”
High and Low is one of our ‘outlaw’ songs, a story about revenge and payback.
Here’s a funny story about High and Low: Once upon a time, a real outlaw was arrested after we performed High and Low at a show. He was an on-the-run escaped convict sitting alone in a dark corner of the venue, must have thought we were singing about him. He hastily left the venue after the final guitar strum and ran into the waiting arms of the cops in the parking lot who had been pursuing him. True story. The power of music.
Flow-bending artist aSanTIS discusses art, culture, and whether sound can solve the world’s problems in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
My interview with Amy Santis aka aSanTIS began in the most unexpected way. The Maryland-based flow-bending artist and lyrical storyteller came prepared to engage in conversation around questions I had posed – and she also brought one or two of her own thoughtful prompts based on her curiosities around my view of learning.
This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”
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