Music and Mortality: Morgan Bolender, “Free To Roam”

For most, if not all, of us, there comes a day when we confront our own looming death. For Morgan Bolender, that came during a fairly inopportune time: during a party in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. After not getting anywhere trying to solve death through anger and "aggressive yoga," she surrendered to the idea of impermanence. The result is the haunting "Free To Roam," which addresses, in a stark a cappella, the hardest part of human mortality: saying goodbye. Music and Mortality is produced in conjunction with local arts nonprofit You're Going To Die. See more in the series [...]

Music and Mortality: King Willow, “Settled”

It's not a coincidence that King Willow's "Settled" sounds like a drinking song. The central theme of the song is not having your shit together. Everyone feels like they're not doing this whole "life" thing right, and they're the only one who hasn't mastered the art of contentment. Trust King Willow: The person sitting next to you doesn't have any idea what path they're on, either. Sisters Amanda and Julianna Salguero packed all of humanity's most widespread insecurities into one incredibly singable song, performed which we captured at The Lost Church last month. The chorus is pretty easy to pick [...]

Music and Mortality: Scott Ferreter, “Dad’s Chest”

In case you haven't noticed, death is a big deal in the Bay Area this week. As ReImagine: End of Life gets underway, we're proud to present our latest installment of Music and Mortality with local musician Scott Ferreter (aka Deep Pools). Hear "Dad's Chest," a soothing ode to his father. Scott is opening for Mount Eerie at his ReImagine performance on Saturday. You're Going To Die Presents Death Is Real: Mount Eerie Swedish American Hall April 21, 2018 6:30pm, $18 (21+) Music and Mortality is produced in conjunction with local arts nonprofit You're Going To Die. See more in [...]

Music and Mortality: Avi Vinocur, “Blizzard”

When Avi Vinocur's Goodnight, Texas bandmate's father — a New Jerseyan, the kind of character you couldn't write, and, most importantly, one of Avi's closest friends — died, he tried like hell to get to the East Coast for the funeral. His plans were thwarted, however, by one of the worst storms that side of the country has seen in ages. It is what it is. Avi plays Neck of the Woods on Thursday. Goodnight, Texas are debuting their new record, Conductor, at Great American Music Hall on April 12. Cory Branan, Avi Vinocur Neck of the Woods Mach 29, [...]

Music and Mortality: Rachel Lark, “This Year”

A show of hands: How many of you ended up crying/screaming/releasing a tidal wave of emotions the night of November 8, 2016, regardless of who you voted for? Rachel Lark's got a song about that. Like many of us, the 2016 election rocked her world, then forced her to reconsider her time and place on the planet. 'Music and Mortality' is The Bay Bridged's partnership with local arts nonprofit You're Going To Die, an open-mic style performance series that explores life, death, and loss through art. Never been before? You can experience it for yourself at The Lost Church on [...]

Music and Mortality: The Singer and the Songwriter, “Sound and Light”

Remember a few months ago when we made you all cry with videos of local musicians singing songs about death and grieving? We are here with more Music and Mortality, our video project co-presented with local arts nonprofit You're Going To Die. Rachel Garcia and Thu Tran make up San Francisco's the Singer and the Songwriter, and they have one song in particular that stops listeners in their tracks. Take a listen to "Sound and Light," and learn a little more about the story behind it. The Singer and the Songwriter play Bazaar Cafe on March 17. And if you [...]

Papa Bear would like to remind you…you’re going to die.

In our final "Music and Mortality" session of the year, we're sending you off with a song from Papa Bear of Papa Bear and the Easy Love fame. It's a song written with his friend, Lisa Donnelly, and its meaning and significance has changed over time. Watch below for the full story and a performance of the song. For the last few weeks, we've been rolling out our "Music and Mortality" video series, a partnership with arts organization You're Going To Die. Watch our other two entries with Chelsea Coleman and John Elliott. If you or someone you know is [...]

John Elliott would like to remind you…you’re going to die.

Last week, we brought you Chelsea Coleman singing about her missing sister. Today, we have San Francisco songwriter John Elliott singing "Daylight Saving," a ballad about his struggles with depression. This month, we're rolling out entries into our Music and Mortality video series, a partnership with arts organization You're Going To Die. Check out last week's here, and be on the lookout for one more coming up. And don't forget to check out You're Going To Die live and in person at Swedish American Hall on December 15, featuring none other than Elliott himself. If you or someone you know [...]

Chelsea Coleman would like to remind you…you’re going to die.

I'm going to die. You're going to die. Your parents and your siblings and your plants and your pets are all going to die. It can be scary and it can be sad, but it's a fact of life. We love our parents and siblings and plants and pets, but if we outlast them, we're probably gonna miss them, and the idea of leaving the only life we know can be scary as hell. But it's coming for all of us. So why aren't we talking about it? Grief and loss is complex and uncomfortable and, at the very least, [...]

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