I know I said open letters jumped the shark a few months ago, but I'm not sure how else to address this. Consider it retro. It is a thank you note, so anyone looking for internet girl on girl smack down, move right along.
It is actually two thank you notes.
First thank you for your guileless visit and performance last night. From my years with Free Katie and Project Greenlight, I know what it feels like to have the internet simultaneously love and loath you. It is a specific dynamic when facing a room filled with people waiting for you to bring the "real". Maybe that is presumptuous but I couln't help being reminded of the times I was out in front of ideas, managing contact, connection and sanity when the digital realm met the real world. I also know what it is like to drive deep into the darkest woods of our community. All of it is a little spooky.
You showed and there was not one inauthentic beat the entire evening. The music was stellar, but more than that, there was a fellowship. Your performance and visit lent a narrative to the kids in the room and the parents that love them; fierce and honest yet hopeful. Singing "Creep" like a hymn, dancing, hugging, and all your beautiful music will stay with us forever. I only wish my own daughters were old enough to join us.
On a more personal note, I want to thank you for continuing to be a voice for women in art and technology. It is something I think about all the time. At one point, I was represented by a manager that also represented Neil, in my capacity as an "internet person". I'm not sure what happened to them but I know what happened to me. I had a family. I moved. I grew and changed the way women often do, in ways that are often considered shameful. Your Ted Talk made me brave in my own efforts and I am so grateful I got to tell you that in person. I almost didn't.
I sat on that beige rug and thought, "How do I tell her this? Maybe I should tweet her tomorrow."
You were in the living room in front of me. We spoke. We promised to find each other in the wilds of the web. You Tweet. I Facebook. Could this ever work out? I hope so. I'm pretty resourceful and I actually do have a Twitter account.
See you in the jungle, friend.
Weird how this picture turned out. It looks unreal; like the entire night. Thanks again for bringing the magic!