I don’t know how many of you guys know, but I’ve been a public school teacher for most of my adult life. My entire educational career has been spent teaching in the ‘hood at schools that are always the “before” school in those educationally inspirational movies. And they are just like you see in the movies…kids dealing drugs, fights in the halls, students woefully underperforming, all of it…except, we never manage to become one of those “after” schools. Every day, I come home exhausted and can barely muster up the energy to play with my dog, let alone get too very excited about anything.
BUT! I’ve been having a few conversations lately that have got me absolutely pumped. Were I a “hopping up and down” kinda gal, I’d be springing all over my house right now, but effusiveness is not my style. I don’t think anybody that’s ever…EVER met me would argue that point with any sincerity.
A couple weeks ago, we got a DM from some guy named Jordan Wright - the frontman for a band named City of Sound. He made it clear that he wasn’t intending to step on any toes, but that if we were looking for a band to play at EDE that they would come and do a free show for us. He went on to say that they were playing LA Pride the next weekend and thought that this would be a great prelude to that.
Admittedly, I had absolutely no clue who this Jordan Wright was, so I traipsed over to his account to see just what the deal with him was. Right from the word jump I was struck by his interactions with Earpers, people who I, myself, had had interactions. How had I not heard of this guy? He was new to the Earp community and had fallen face first into the Wynonna Earp pool and was loving every lap he swam. His enthusiasm was hard not to feel, as it just came out of every word he spoke.
I got back to him a bit later, told him that I was going to be in the LA area starting on the 15th and that I’d love to sit down and talk with him. We agreed to meet at a local brewery on Sunday during an Earper meet up.
Guys, I gotta say, he is, hands down, one of the coolest people I’ve ever met. I confessed to him that I hadn’t done my homework and listened to his music and asked him to tell me about it. When I say his face lit up when he talked about it, I don’t think I’d be exaggerating. He spoke of empowerment and positivity and finding the light in darkness. He stressed the idea of not living in one’s own tragedy and honestly, I was kicking myself for not listening to his stuff the minute I knew that I’d be meeting him.
Jordan and I spoke easily on and off for nearly three hours and I could have done another three.
We talked about him coming to play EDE and he reiterated that he didn’t want to step on any toes or stick his nose in where it didn’t belong but that he felt like he was becoming part of the Earper community and wanted to give back and all I kept thinking was that we’d all be better for his joining us at EDE. We left the hang out with things a little up in the air – I was concerned about saying yes without all of us saying yes and worried that the Marriott might not take kindly to their hotel being rocked.
But, the stars seem to have aligned, as I can confirm that Jordan and, of course, City of Sound will be playing EDE on Saturday night!
I can’t put into words how cool this is. This is EXACTLY what the Earper community is all about. Bringing people together, making strangers into found family and doing good for one another.
I’ve been texting on and off with Jordan since we met (apologies to his truly lovely wife, Brittany) and every single time he talks about doing this show, he throws in something about how they’re going to light the place up and that people are going to leave the show feeling like they can conquer the world. And, y’know what, he’s not just blowing smoke. He means it, he believes it and he does what he says he’s gonna do.
I told Jordan that I’d be doing this blog post to announce him joining us and I asked him if there was anything he wanted me to include. I thought maybe he’d ask me to link to his music or his website…twitter…facebook…an interview he’d done…something to promote this. Nope. His exact words, “Absolutely. Mainly, that the show came to me at a time when I needed an escape and something that would fill me up when I was running on empty.”
See what I mean? Others first. I really dig this guy.
Oh, and I did finally get to listen to his music. I’m sorry I hadn’t done it sooner. It’s some really great stuff. As this is not an album review or band interview, I’m going to let it at that. However, I want you guys to give it a listen…it’s absolutely worth your time.
And, by all means, follow, read, engage….
That is all.