a (still) free glorious album, a glorious photo, a glorious comment, and a glorious response.
i thought you’d like this one, and i’m also here with some housekeeping. first of all: i’m just surfacing from the most difficult year of my life. i’ve put my staff on paid leave for a while, care of your patronage.
yesterday i was trawling through my files of Yore and i found this beautiful shot. i posted it up on instragram with this text:
there will be no intermission indeed.
i just found this beautiful b-side photo from my shoot with @allanamato back in 2017….a brief shoot on a polluted lake near LA that was just supposed to supply us with some extra shots for the “there will be no intermission” artbook but that accidentally handed us the cover artwork for my magnum opus album of sadness and hardship and ultimately, peace with it all.
i was just now sitting outside on the lawn, thinking about how this album, and the decision to tour it globally, and therefore to australia, and hell why not tack on four dates in new zealand….led me to here.
to this moment. to this life in this country where i’ve now been living for almost a year. the album was about survival. i thought i was going to put out this album and then rest. how very little i knew. i was pretending to be a warrior, and then i became one. through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered i have fought my way here to the castle beyond the goblin city to take back the child you have stolen for my will is as strong as yours and my kingdom as great.
you have no power over me.
this is a reminder to all my patrons that your patronage gives you access to EVERYTHING i’ve ever put out over the past five years.
irritatingly, the “things” i’ve released in the past five years are kind of annoying to access….that’s something i’m striving to fix with the new website, and it’s gonna take some time. (you can always go to THIS page of “all the things” i’ve made on patreon, http://amandapalmer.net/things
meanwhile, every once in a while, i’m just going to remind you….if you’re a patron, you still get this record (and everything i’ve ever made for patrons) for FREE.
i put my heart and soul into the making of this recording. john congelton’s production is world-class. jherek bischoff’s strings and orchestrations breathtaking. it took years to write, and all-in, about a year to record, and then i toured it for a year.
and, well, you know the rest. now i’m here.
and trust me,
it’s a good lockdown record. it is an anti-lonely sonic hug
may i recommend “the ride” (the opening track) and “death thing” (the closing track) as fucking theme songs for 2020/2021.
the link for patrons to download it is here (you need to be logged in).
meanwhile, this is from this morning, and i thought you’d appreciate it.
one of the comments under the b-side photo was this:
“i like you (heart) but sometimes you glofiy yourself just too much….sorry to say”
i was raised in a culture that taught me to not glorify myself or other women, but instead, to glorify men and their accomplishments.
i was raised in a culture that taught me to feel shame about my body, my face, my hair, my voice, my desires, my talents, my opinions and my very existence. you’re damn right i’m going to glorify myself, my accomplishments and my fellow survivors every chance i get now that i am out of those dark, dark, dark woods and out in the open fields where we know that glorifying ourselves and other people is not only not “bad”; it’s the opposite. it’s love.
if you get out of those woods, we are all waiting here for you with open arms. and we will glorify you, and the gorgeous, broken, imperfect, perfect being you are all day every goddamn day.
i love you.
we are free
your friend in
——THE NEVER-ENDING AS ALWAYS———
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