By Jessica McCormick
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Ting Lin’s single, “Dream Chaser” (“追梦者”), is clearly a labor of love. Dedicated to her hometown of Zhanjiang, her mother, and immigrants everywhere, this electronic pop song “celebrates the ups and downs of the immigration journey.” Lin especially honors “those in our AAPI community who left their homelands in search for better lives for themselves and their loved ones.” The lyrics invite you to experience the longing for everything left behind, and the courage it takes to seize a rare opportunity, start anew, and then change and grow.
On January 29, Lin released what she describes as her most elaborate music video production to date. The concept was created by her stepfather, videographer David Werk, who wanted to explore the theme of “dreams”…”whether it’s a ‘dream’ that we have when we are sleeping or a ‘dream’ that we are chasing after.”
Additionally, the video takes a surreal turn, “[toying] with the concept of reality vs. dream,” as Lin and her mother enjoy a beachside vacation. This decision poignantly illustrates how it might feel to be the proverbial stranger in a strange land. Travel inevitably changes us and challenges our perception of the world around us, and “Dream Chaser” shows how beautiful the adventure can be. So what is truth and what is perception? To paraphrase Ting Lin, it’s up to you to decide which is which!
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Jessica McCormick is an Army brat currently residing in Silicon Valley. With a decade of experience in communications, she appreciates the transformative power of music. She has spent over two decades singing with various choirs, and has enjoyed 8 years with the San Jose Metropolitan Band playing alto saxophone. In her free time, she loves reading speculative fiction.
When D.C. venues were ready to reopen after COVID-19, indie pop duo GLOSSER was ready to perform. The two, Riley Fanning and Corbin Sheehan, formed the band pre-COVID out of a shared aesthetic vision and passion for music storytelling.
Their first album *DOWNER* was released in January 2023, however they have decided to release a [__deluxe version__](https://open.spotify.com/album/0KLORhtj3ohV4FtbdjoKu5?si=iNZX9fiZSm2M6V8pRdBkow) exactly one year later containing four new tracks – two remixes, a reimagined song, and a cover – that they are hoping will give it a second life and allow them to continue performing around the area.
The band explains that they have spent many shows opening for touring bands that traveled through D.C. “We made music and then venues started to open again,” Sheehan says. Rather than having the “typical grungy” D.C. band experience, they uniquely went straight to club shows.