Brands doing campaigns that don’t feature their product(s) front and center is my kryptonite. You know, those brands that put on an event, show or stunt just because they can. And they want to brighten consumers’ days.
“I didn’t know the city at all, but I was so happy to be in New York I cried. I was so excited.” –Greta Gerwig
Very rarely do I travel alone. Or rather, very rarely do I travel alone where I stay at a hotel all by my lonesome. I’ve been fortunate enough to always have a traveling companion or a friend/family member eagerly awaiting me to step off the plane. Even when studying abroad, I made a friend, we met at the airport and experienced the hilarity of our situations as we attempted to find our apartment together. But that will all change come June when I head out to New York. And navigate without a smartphone. Cue the maps.
I’ve always had this weird pull to New York, despite not spending much time in the city. As a kid, without knowing exactly what the job entailed, I wanted to be a Broadway producer. It just seemed like the job that would mix a little business with some art. And one I could spend my days completely enthralled with music. My latest stint to NYC was with Amanda last year, though we didn’t really venture north of Midtown. As this trip is happening for a creative recharge, I’m excited to find other ways outside of class to gain some inspiration and insight.
A few years ago, I saw this The Sing for Hope piano installation. Pianos are placed throughout the city and available for you to come and play a little tune. And what do you know? They’re back at the beginning of June. So I will step up and play the Ladage Family Staple: The Garbage Man (at least I think that’s what it’s called…) the minute I see one.
And last year, I saw this intriguing exhibit in London Rain Room. It’s a room where it’s raining and when you walk in, the rain stops. You essentially control the weather. I’ve been waiting for this exhibit to make its way to the States and it has! Finding its home at MoMA and on exhibit through July.
Our classes have us visiting other locations and destinations for keynote addresses and projects, though if there’s a hidden gem, pray do tell!
…lets me write a blog post, while sitting at a John Mayer concert at Red Rocks in my bed. Wha, wha, what?!
Yea, John Mayer’s Red Rocks concert is currently streaming, live. So as I sit here in my pajamas, with my ac blasting, I’m having a concert before going to bed. How insanely sweet. Like if Kelly would pick up her phone, we could both be watching this, while on the phone and playing the “What’s he playing next?” game without being bumped by sweaty bodies and having drunken loud people screaming in our ears (we’re 25 now, a little old for that…).
But seriously, I love technology. There’s this one skit from Louis C.K. that he did on Conan (back when it was the Late Show with Conan O’Brien) that just really sums up technology and people’s feelings to it. Maggie and I quote this randomly and I get a little kick whenever I can manage to squeeze it in everyday conversation. Seeing as we’re upon a traveling weekend, the airport segment is particularly moving and all so real. So please remember people.
PS, Holy moly. John Mayer is now playing Slow Dancing in a Burning Room. Since Comfortable is on my bucket list, do you think it’s like a half way check mark if he plays it? UPDATE: HE’S PLAYING IT RIGHT NOW.