Cause I’m leavin’ on a jet plane
Don’t know when I’ll be back again…
Every time I prepare for a trip this song plays in my head. I don’t know, something about humming ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’ makes the excitement of travel multiply three-fold. I’ve been struggling with what to share this week because all I can think about is how I’m leaving for Austin, Texas, in 24 hours. All my bags are packed I’m ready to go…
For those of you that know me, just skip through all this. You’ve heard it all before, and likely more than once. South by Southwest is my absolute favorite time of year. It’s better than Christmas and my birthday put together. (To be fair, I don’t really like Christmas. Save your judgement. I’m just not festive.) BUT – I do love my birthday. And not just because it’s my very own holiday, but because it’s at the end of May, landing on or near Memorial Day weekend. It’s just a beautiful time to celebrate. I would give up my birthday AND Christmas and maybe even the 4th of July (my favorite holiday) if I could be in Austin every year for SxSW. It IS my happy place.
It’s been established that I am a music junkie, and live music is a special kind of heaven for me, but I don’t typically like music festivals. (The horror!) I like a small venue, with good sound. I want to see the band. I want to hear the band. I don’t want the sun beating down on my neck. I don’t want to be body-to-body with a bunch of screaming fans. To be clear, I’ve been to some crazy good festivals. It’s just not my preferred way of taking in a show. That being said, SxSW is the exception. The majority of shows are indoors. They are in small venues and bars. A few churches in Austin even open their doors to host musicians… and the acoustics in these churches — sublime. It’s really quite the experience.
SxSW is more than music, though. It’s about sharing what I love with like-minded people who LOVE what I love. Each year I meet up with some of my favorite music-art-life appreciating friends and each year we make new friends. In a nutshell, SxSW is a love fest. A warm-fuzzy-eye-opening-mind-blowing-heart-expanding love fest (the very best kind).
So, yes. SxSW 2012. This year is going to be a little different. Part of the magic is reuniting with long-time loves, and a handful of musicians that I adore and bank on seeing in Austin every year aren’t making the trek this time around. I know we’ll survive. There is always good music in abundance. But still, Austin will feel a little lonely without them.
Here are some of the acts I’m looking forward to catching – there are waay too many to list them all. I will limit myself to ten. These are in no particular order. (Well, except for maybe the first one. :-))
Maybe I’ll see you in Austin? And if not this year maybe next!!
Psst. I snuck in 11 bands. I couldn’t help myself. ♥