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SXSW Diary: I Came, I Saw, I Conquered

SXSW is officially over. Teardrop. I seriously can’t put into words how much fun it was. My yearly trip to SXSW is important to me. Why? Duh. Because music is my soul. And even more importantly, because I think of it as my annual chance to practice being spontaneous (not my strong suit), to go with the flow, and reap the rewards. So that’s what I did. On the airplane on the way there, I sat next to a really sweet kid who manages a band called He Is We. He told me all about their music. It’s a young duo from Washington with a great story. Teenagers Rachel Taylor and Trevor Kelly met working at a record store. Rachel learned how to sing as a means to communicate with her father who was in Iraq. These musical letters to her dad inspired what would eventually become her first album. If it weren’t for sitting on the plane next to this guy, I never would have known to check this band out.

Or there was the moment that I accidentally stumbled into the Miike Snow show because I couldn’t get in to see NAS. And the afternoon that I randomly ran into a friend of a friend, Nik, and hung out with him for the rest of the trip. He was the one who suggested we check out Local Natives. They are my new favorite band by the way. That’s just how I roll at SXSW. I let the great music and moments find me.

So, yes, I rocked out hard. But I’ve also proven to myself once again that things have a way of working out for the best. Now perhaps I can apply these principals to my dating life. But that’s another post altogether.

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