One of the things that I think was really helpful in getting acquainted was giving each other a tour of our hometowns. Lauren is from Montreal, Vishnu is from Miami, and I’m from Santa Barbara. They did tours one week and then I did the next. It was a combination of pictures that we took and pictures that we found. We discovered some things that we have in common through the pictures we took. We just found all these ways to talk about what they’re doing and what they’re learning. But it also led to some really great and deep conversations. From our conversations, it became clear that having someone really interested in all parts of their life, to talk to about their experiences, to process the complex interaction of emotions and ideas, was very valuable.
I’d say that is the only loss in this is that I didn’t get to hear them play enough. I didn’t get to hear them perform. And that’s the part I’m most looking forward to next year.
I think so much of what we talk about and read about lately focuses on what we’re missing, but it seems there are ways that you might have been encouraged to connect more deeply by stripping things away and just focusing on them. Maybe we can all take something from this.
Yes. I would say that what is lost in performance, can become a gain—letting down the performance and getting to know the person behind the performer. Then, as a compeer, you’re rooting for the person even more. I think this intimacy accelerates the letting down of the guard and I got to know the person first.
I really feel like a part of their fan club! I got to hear Vishnu play once in an online studio class, and while he was playing Scott Reed dropped into the Zoom. And I was excitedly texting him saying, “That’s my fellow!”
It’s amazing how quickly that bond forms between people of different generations, from different backgrounds, and who’ve known each other for such a limited amount of time, isn’t it?
Yes! I am on Team Vishnu. I am on Team Lauren. Forever! I feel such a deep gratitude that these young, amazing people let me in, that they want to talk to me. I think just really caring about all the parts of them as people and how that impacts them as an artist, an intellectual, and as a creator, and wanting so badly that they’ll be able to express all parts of themselves…it’s something really special. I just can’t wait to see them next year in person!