I'm fascinated by cliches. They're an interesting phenomenon. Part truth, part fiction, but so wholly familiar they get taken for granted and employed in a multitude of misappropriated ways. "You gotta sell yourself' is one of the latest cliches I've been fascinated by. 

Taking a look at this one, apparently, the market won't value you if you aren't saleable. Gah. Horrible stuff to be imparting as shared colloquial wisdom. As matter of fact. If you spend enough time feeling like your only value is determined by the marketplace, pretty soon you get a sense, conscious or not, that dancing bears and various forms of self- and other- objectification are on the horizon.

And the thing is: what about people who very literally sell them selves? Some versions of selling ones self are more dignity losing than others, but isn't it all slightly chipping away at something that we're supposed to inherently be, regardless of market value? Those who can't sell themselves, or don't sell themselves enough aren't worth anything apparently. Those who are better able to sell, are worth more. But are they really? Infants sell youth, charisma, beauty, and possibility - regardless of their general life ineptitude. Old people are the knowledge and wisdom keepers, but if the wisdom we value points to selling and not to knowledge and experience, then we're back where we started. Who started this anyway?? I'd hypothesize it was probably a merchant who saw great power in markets and money. And that's probably vastly different than most folks who throw this little pearl around.

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AuthorSarah Beatty

Last year while on tour in Germany I played this cool show that was actually a science show. Eight scientists all gathered in Berlin to present their work to a general audience, in one of Berlin's coolest and sweetest sounding clubs, Lido......

So on this really cold day in January, we filmed this hot rendition of Fee Fi Fo Fum at the Botanical Gardens in Munich. And at Sophiastrasse (Sophia = Wisdom). Thanks so much to MunichSessions for suggesting the adventure and for making such a cool video (very, very literally) happen..... 

Click to watch the video on YouTube

Well...last week was pretty awesome. It's been a couple days since Bandit Queen came out. I'm in Hamburg, having played at Kultucafe Komm Du last night to a truly amazing audience. Sideplayer extraordinaire, Peter Horvat, and I had a great time and made friends with some really wonderful people. Last week, I got the news that Bandit Queen was at the #1 spot on the Folk Roots Charts and had climbed nationally from #33 to 20. Really spectacular that she's getting great attention. And then, the thing we've all been waiting for, Bandit Queen, went live on the internet and made Mother Church Pew's Album Playlist, right along side with Rose Cousin's new album, and where they add " The album takes us on an imaginative journey where Beatty relays the kinds of stories in her sassy style that rarely get told about women. It’s an adventure worth taking." Which is spectacular! Admittedly, I'm finding it difficult to stay on top of the administration of things, but fortunately, there is momentum for this record, and I'm tre-pleased about it. Have a listen. The old gal is up on iTunes and Spotify.  

I've been on tour in Europe since December. Keeping on top of emails seems a strange horse to wrangle on the best of days, but January has been a particularly feisty bucking bronco. Nonetheless, with great pleasure, I've kept a watchful eye and steady pulse my keyboard ... read more

Lots on the near horizon! I was invited to play the Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ showcase at NERFA by Ken Batista... his radio program, An American Sampler, is based out of Pittsburgh, PA. I'm delighted to have been selected with 15 other super talented artist from all over North America by 15 other DJ's. We're all headed to NERFA (North East Regional Folk Alliance) .......read more

Sept 25 - Oakville, ON - The Moonshine Cafe

Sept 26 - Peterborough, ON - Gallery in the Attic

Sept 27 - Ottawa, ON - Raw Sugar Café

Sept 28 - Kemptville, ON - The Branch Restaurant

Sept 29 - Montreal, QC - Grumpy’s Bar

Oct 1 - Charlottetown, PEI - Gahan’s Pub

Oct 2 - Halifax, NS - The Company House

Oct 3 - Kentville, NS - Union St. Café

Oct 4  - Wolfville, NS - House Concert

Oct 5  - Pictou, NS - Carver’s Coffeehouse

Oct 7 - Moncton, NB - Plan b

Oct 8  - Edmunston, NB - Resto-Bar Le Deck

Oct 10 - Montreal, QC - Grumpy’s Bar

Oct 11 - Belleville, ON - Capers Brasserie

 

So.... sometimes when things go wrong, they go alright. 

Lots of action this week. Mariposa Folk Festival Auditions, Kitchener with the Ever Lovin Jog Band, and Songbirds starts on Thursday!! ... .more....

So, here we go! We got ourselves a new website. After some general consternation with my computer, I sat down and got 'er done with the help of one of the coolest FURI employees I know. I hope you enjoy the experience and I encourage you to click wildly about. If for some reason your experience is not up to snuff, please, please, please tell me via this route (since other folks might be experiencing similar things and might not know that this girl has a deep appreciation for constructive feedback).  

In the midst of its development, I've been writing songs, hatching plans, organizing & playing shows, and breaking my experimental apparatus (at school) through wholly non-violent methods. My office is a mess, but I'm pretty excited over here. I hope you are too.

for now, Sarah

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AuthorSarah Beatty