This Week’s Podcast: Rachel Jayson in “I Want The Thing!”.
*quick correction. we made an editorial mistake in this podcast: rachel didn’t design for john fluevog shoes (as stated in the intro). but she has worked there for years and she rocks their shoes like nobody’s business.*
up front: THIS WEEK’S PATRON-ONLY CROWDCAST CHAT/Q&A with me and rachel (this week’s guest) is scheduled for this THURSDAY, JANUARY 28th starting at 6pm ET new york time! that’s in about a day. 🙂
this one is gonna be good. it’s been so long since rachel and i talked, and there’s a lot on our minds. covid for teachers, dealing with parenting in a pandemic, transitioning partners, how relationships go and how to do love, racism in america….i don’t think we’ll run out of shit to talk about.
RSVP here and start leaving questions. if you click on this link, the page will show you the start time IN YOUR TIME ZONE!
you’ll need to log into patreon to access this webcast as it’s patron-only.
as always…..the live cast /Q&A will be recorded and you can always view the archive recording at the same link above, any time after the live stream ends.
and now, a little bit about this episode, and about my friend rachel jayson.
as i say in the intro, which you can listen to by simply pressing “play” on the image above, one of the things i really wanted to do with this podcast is…play around.
do interviews, yes, and interviews with “well-known” people and writers and stuff, yes, but also talk to my local, smart, friends. and talk to patrons. and maybe do entire episodes where i just talk TO MYSELF. or teach stuff about patronage. or…whatever. FREEFORM RADIO. whooooo!!!
rachel is an unsung hero of awesomeness, one of many that i’ve been lucky enough to meet over the course of my life.
she and i have become friends over the past five years or so, and we’ve stayed in touch since the pandemic started.
it feels a little strange to be releasing this very obviously “pre-covid” conversation in a “post-(mid?)-covid” world, but that’s also why it feels particularly important to do a follow-up live chat with rachel, whose struggles/trials/tribulations have recently included momming a small child in a pandemic (i can relate), being black in upstate new york during the uproar of black lives matter (i can’t imagine), and being an orchestra teacher thrown into online teaching (i also cannot imagine).
there’s…a lot to catch up on. so i hope you listen to this episode, and i hope you make time to tune into the follow up chat.
i just asked rachel if she wanted to add anything to this post, and she directed me to this post she put up today on instagram (where you should follow her: https://www.instagram.com/musykchyk.)
today, she is wielding an AP music theory book and rocking some keen hiking boots WITHOUT SHAME.
here’s me and rachel, after a show (or at a party?) many years ago, probably in boston….
and…here we are recording the podcast in neil’s writing cabin, at our house in woodstock…
here’s rachel with her partner, cal (an actual fire-fighter!) and their wee bebe asa:
and given this episode is now HISTORIC (ahem, really old);
here’s a note from rachel on the topic of her partner, cal:
“In the intro to the podcast (which was recorded in fall of 2019…holy cow) Amanda refers to my partner, Cal, using their dead name, pronouns, and other gendered language. Cal has since come out as trans, and is fine preserving the original audio. In the webcast and in writing, you’ll hear us talk about them using their current and correct language – they/them pronouns as well as the title of “spouse” or “partner”.
asa is a buddha baby.
he’s only about a year younger than ash, and they’re good friends. it’s sad that they haven’t been able to see each other in a really long time.
you may actually RECOGNIZE asa….he was this beautiful baby on the viola player’s back in the video i made for pink floyd’s “mother”.
and yep, that’s rachel on viola….
you can watch the full video here;
and learn more about the making and see behind the scenes photos, here:
here’s rachel conducting at symphony hall – nbd – with the Lexington High School Symphony Orchestra:
rachel rocking a mask she made by hand in front of a blm graffiti mural in somerville….
she actually sewed and sent masks for me and ash….here i am, rocking it my SELF:
here’s rachel playing (SLAYING) with walter sickert and the army of broken toys, photo by joshua pickering….
a few of rachel’s amazing hand made skirts and masks….
and more from rachel’s IG feed….
Rachel’s official bio:
Rachel Jayson, a musician and educator in Boston, MA. She is the violist in two art-rock bands: Walter Sickert & the ARmy of BRoken TOys and Jaggery. She teaches music and conducts two award winning orchestras at a public high school outside of Boston. You can also find her slinging funky footwear at John Fluevog Shoes or designing and making her own clothing creations in her spare time.
THE PODCAST ITSELF:
….audio for all of the podcast episodes are embedded on my website, including today’s episode: http://amandapalmer.net/podcast
go here, select the podcast venue of your choice (i.e. apple podcasts), and click on the most recent episode.
and it’s FREE, and AD-FREE!
WAIT – HOW DO I LISTEN?
this handy linktree has a round-up of how to tune into the podcast on some of the most popular players. we will have the audio embedded on each episode post on my website: http://amandapalmer.net/podcast
The Art of Asking Everything: Rachel Jayson: I Want The Thing
We’ve attached a pdf of the transcript of the podcast the patreon post. To view it, you can download it by visiting this patreon post on the web, if you ain’t there already. (it’s a hyperlink at the very bottom of the post with a little paper clip attachment symbol next to it….you’ll see it).
Thank you very, very much to my guest, Rachel Jayson. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram, her Instagram is beautiful. You can visit jaggery.org and armyoftoys.com if you wanna check out either of her bands.
And as you might have noticed, we played some wonderful music in this episode. Very specifically, Russian Sailor’s Dance from the Russian ballet The Red Poppy, composed by Reinhold Glière, Serenade for Strings by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, and Nimrod Variation, which you are listening to right now, composed by Edward Elgar, part of his larger work The Enigma Variations.
The engineer for this interview was Jimmy Garver. For all of the music you heard in this episode, you can go to amandapalmer.net/podcast
It was produced by FannieCo, and lots of thanks as usual to my incredible team. Hayley Rosenblum, who makes so many things possible with the podcast and the Patreon. We couldn’t do this without her. My assistant Michael McComiskey, who makes sure all the emails get answered and the trains run on time. Our UK Merch Queen Alex Knight, who’s also helping transcribe all of these conversations so they are accessible to everyone, thank you Alex. Kelly Welles has been helping us with cuts and snips and social medias. And my manager Jordan Verzar in Sydney helps bring us all together. Thank you to my whole team.
And last but not least, this whole podcast wouldn’t be possible without all of my patrons. They make it possible for this podcast to have no ads, no sponsors, no censorship, no bullshit, we are just making the media and putting it out there. So thank you to my high level patrons: Simon Oliver, St. Alexander, Birdie Black, Ruth Ann Harnisch, Leela Cosgrove, and Robert W. Perkins, thank you so much all of you guys, for helping me do this.
THANK YOU TO ALL YOU PATRONS, FOR SUPPORTING THIS PODCAST.
This whole undertaking would not be possible, in this manner, without patronage. At current count, there are about 14,000 of you.
YOU make it possible for this podcast to have no ads, no sponsors, no censorship, no bullshit, we are just the media, doing what we do.
because of you:
I love you all.
See you soon.
——THE NEVER-ENDING AS ALWAYS———
1. if you’re a patron, please click through to comment on this post. at the very least, if you’ve read it, indicate that by using the heart symbol. that’s always nice for me to see, so i know who’s reading.
2. see All the Things (over 100 of them) i’ve made so far on patreon:
3. JOIN THE SHADOWBOX COMMUNITY FORUM, find your people, and discuss everything: https://forum.theshadowbox.net/
4. new to my music and TOTALLY OVERWHELMED? TAKE A WALK THROUGH AMANDALANDA….we made a basic list of my greatest hits n stuff (at least up until a few years ago, this desperately needs updating) on this lovely page: http://amandalanda.amandapalmer.net/
5. general AFP/patreon-related questions? ask away, someone will answer: email@example.com