So, if you're reading this, you probably have some idea of what the Beloved Stranger is. One thing you may not know, is that it's also the moniker for the band formed by me (Devin), Antony, and Erick to play the music that we wrote during the Beloved Stranger's (the sailboat) maiden trip from San Francisco to Cartagena, Colombia.
Featuring our good friends Jake Morris and Max Denny holding down bass and drums respectively, these songs will also ultimately make up the meat and potatoes, or rice and beans, rather, of the Beloved Stranger Documentary soundtrack. Last night, we played at the Night Light in Oakland, and let me tell you, it was something special.
I've played a lot of shows in the last two years. Like a whole lot. Mostly with Pistachio, but with a bunch of other groups as well. Last night, though, was one show that will no doubt stay with me for a long time to come. To play music from a time that was so formative for me and that I hold so closely, and with the videos of the trip projected on the wall beside us, really made me feel like I was doing more than playing music. I felt was like I was broadcasting my memories and narrating them with the thoughts and emotions going through my head as I was trying to interpret what was going on around me and inside me, and on top of that, everyone was dancing and singing along. The quality and amount of friends and supporters there to share it with us was awesome, and in the they were really what made the night so transcendental. I feel like this whole idea of sharing our adventure and all the emotions and stuff that went along with it through art is finally coming into fruition. And it is tight.
In addition to being a great concert, it was truly life-affirming; it makes me want to keep doing what I'm doing, try even harder, and do it even bigger.
Here's a video we made of the lead-up to our performance. Thanks to Sunay Rajbhandari for filming!Also, big thanks to the other bands that played after us: The Funk Agency, our buds from Olympia, WA, who helped set up the show and totally slayed it with their tighter than tight funk and soulful wailing, and Lil' Elephant, fellow Oaklandites whose down and dirty grooves were as nitty gritty as they were smooth as butter.