Saturday, March 24, 2012

Kimya Dawson!

My dreams are about to come true- I am seeing KIMYA DAWSON live at the DAAC tonight!
I have been a fan of her work and music for YEARS now and little does she know, but she is the entire reason I know how to play the guitar or any other musical instrument! Due to her simple chord progressions and extremely deep amazing lyrical talents I fell in love with her music almost instantaneously. That's right, Kimya, you have no idea but you taught me everything I know about plucking strings and singing however the hell I want to without giving a damn about what anyone else thinks about my voice and way of singing! This woman is such an inspiration in so many ways. In highschool I had this thing happen where EVERYONE started calling me 'JUNO' after the film, or "little movie that could" came out in 2007. Due to my previous wearing of oversized plaid shirts, ironic T's, converse sneakers and jeans for years I was basically asking for it to happen- although when the nicknaming began I hadn't even seen the movie, I'd say this like "Thanks Guys" and then on the side turn to my friends and be like "Wow, I really need to get out to the cinema and actually see this film!". I was not pregnant- but definitely flattered! And it ended up being one of my favorite movies of all time. To my surprise Kimya Dawson wrote or performed well over half of the songs on the soundtrack and at the end the main characters sing one of her Moldy Peaches songs!!For years I played covers of Kimya's Songs at open mic nights all over the city, event venues like ArtPrize, and all over the streets- I'd just go for walks with my guitar, for HOURS and play until my fingers were stiff, numb, cold, and sore as can be! I guess the best thing about Kimya Dawson is how independent and strong she is- she doesn't give a crap about what other people think about her but always wants to make sure her fans have a very personal experience. I'm turning 20 this summer and Kimya, thank you, you're the entire reason I survived my adolescent life!
My thanks go out to Yasmin L -a complete stranger who was awesome enough to inform me that she had an extra ticket and even delivered it to me in exchange for $10 (so rad!). She said "I'm here to make your dreams come true" -You sure did!
*If you don't know who KIMYA DAWSON is. . . INFORM YOURSELF! :) or Wiki her!
*For Kimya's extremely interesting interview with Recoil Magazine about her DAAC show click HERE
Me in the Early high school years!
*Find Kimya Dawson's music on YouTube, Myspace, Pandora and more!
Post Update: This was by far the best concert I have EVER been to in my entire life. I felt that way even before the music started. It was amazing to see Kimya in her blue hoodie and bright yellow skirt walking around holding daughter Panda's hand as they enjoyed the city before the show. She played the most incredibly songs and I sang along to all of them!! This day has changed my life forever. I was lucky enough to approach the merch table after and to say hello to Kimya and tell her that she is so inspiring and that she doesn't know it but that she taught me how to play the guitar; her songs did! She then signed my journal next to the "Holy Shit I'm Seeing Kimya Dawson Live at the DAAC" page- writing "Holy Shit I Met Kate At The DAAC <3Kimya"


  1. The similarities really are quite striking :-) I'm so happy for you that you get to see Kimya tonight! And I hope you get to meet her and tell her in person just how influential she is to you. <3

  2. Why thankyou Mr. DJ! That was by far the BEST freaking show I have ever been to in my life. I had such a ridiculous amount of fun with everyone around me. It was so personal. And I DID meet her!! :) I wish I could have said more but it's always harder in the moment. I did tell her that she is so inspiring and that she doesn't know it but that she taught me to play the guitar! Her songs did! She signed my journal (post edit coming soon)!!