My SXSW

My SXSW

Monday

I finally fixed the tires on my bike. Living in Central Austin now, I finally have a reason to.

Tuesday

I rode my bike to the Ghost Room for my first SXSW show. My CD was released in Japan today, and a representative of the label gave me a copy of it. The artwork is completely different, and there are two booklets inside: one in English and one in Japanese. It made this silly thought run through my head. I thought about the idea of the multiverse, where everything that could have possibly occurred in your life has and is occurring in some other shadowy dimension. I felt like that CD had been sent to me from one of those worlds where everything was familiar but distant. I rode home with the sound of the creek to my left – and the smell of it, too, all thick and salty.

Wednesday

I played a HAAM benefit at Waterloo Records today. I was the first act, but there was still a fairly decent turnout, and the people who came were delightful and incredibly supportive, of both the music and the cause in equal measure. I went to Whole Foods after and sat on the mezzanine with a few friends, listening to the music from a distance and eating sushi. We got back just in time for Fitz & the Tantrums, who were incredibly fun. My mom and I met at Vino Vino for a glass of wine and a cheese plate. At home later, I sat up for a while and wrote the majority of a song. I think I'll fall asleep listening to Patsy Cline: I'm crazy for tryin', and crazy for cryin', and I'm crazy for loving you.

Thursday

I saw Momma D today. I was riding Downtown and I saw her, pushing her cart and smiling like her insides were made of sunlight. I met her years ago, walking down Red River. It was Mother's Day, and she came up to me at a crosswalk, pushing her cart and laughing. She asked me if I was a mother, and I said no. She said that all children were God's children and her children too. She told me to call her Momma D. She said she lived out on the streets – that the goodness of others was her comfort and her home. She was the most joyful woman I had ever met, and when I saw her today, I knew her instantly, but she did not know me.

Friday

One more day until the Austin Music Awards. This afternoon, I played the day party at Whole Foods for my label, Playing in Traffic Records, along with Michelle Armstrong, Speak, and Los Lonely Boys. I had to duck out of Speak's set early to get to the Austin Convention Center for a fashion show, Style X. I get to pretend to be a runway model for a day. Tonight is my official showcase at the Ale House. It's going to be a late night, and an early day tomorrow with KGSR live at the Four Seasons in the morning. The last few days have been incredible, and this whole week's gone by so quickly. I'll be a little bit relieved when it's all over, but honestly I've had a wonderful time.

Tonight, Sahara Smith opens the Austin Music Awards at the Austin Music Hall, 7:15pm.

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