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Guest Post: Kayla Cagan talks about “Piper Perish!”

Our latest song “Now Is The Time, Piper Perish” is based on our interview with author Kayla Cagan about her book, Piper Perish. We asked Kayla to tell us how she feels about the song and how it relates to the message of her book!

by Kayla Cagan

Oh my gosh! This song brings up so many of the things I think in my head on a daily basis. I want to encourage artists, makers, and creators (and myself!) – to express ourselves and make the things that we want to see in the world and that the world needs to see; to be brave enough to make the things that might scare us, or that we think we aren’t good enough, smart enough, or strong enough to tackle. 

It’s so easy to doubt ourselves out of creation because MAKING IS HARD sometimes and who doesn’t want an excuse to quit occasionally? We can tell ourselves it’s not important, we can tell ourselves there are bigger problems at hand (and there definitely are, but there is also room for creation!), we can tell ourselves it’s all a waste of time because one day we’re all going to slip into the ocean, never to be heard of again. 

But parts of the act of creating can also be playful and fun and exhilarating and most importantly, life affirming, for ourselves and our audiences. In a time when we are heavy with the recognition and reckoning of wars, famines, inequalities, poverty, crime, environmental destruction, and disease, life affirming actions through art are not just important, but vital. We own our fears but we must also gather our fearlessness and faith to keep going. Can a piece of art save the world? Maybe. Can it reflect it, poke at it, beautify it, and make us pause? Certainly. And if we pause long enough to see and hear what’s going on around us, we can make different decisions, better mistakes, leave a better footprint for us all. We can empathize with others and examine ourselves more closely.  So we have to shake the fear and hate and guilt and shame out of ourselves. We have to remind ourselves that creators gonna create – and we have every right to do so.

I truly believe the effects of art are contagious. Energy breeds energy, work breeds work. The more you do, the more you will do. The more people see or hear or taste what you make, the more you move them or change them or help them do their work. The transfer of energy isn’t visible, but it’s obvious as creations appear next to each other. I wrote a book. You guys wrote a song. See how that works?

Art is an energy, just like water or solar or nuclear. So to create is to change and to be able to change anything is a power. I believe creating art is a power for good, and it’s one of my favorite parts about being a human. If you are drawn (pun intended!) to make something: music, poetry, art, dance, crafts – do it! Don’t back away from it. We should never back away from bringing beauty to this world. We all need it. I need to see what you make. I need to be lifted up by you. Example: a friend of ours, Brandi, shares her watercolors and urban sketches online. She has no idea how much she inspires me each time I see one, whether they are in process, finished, or somewhere in-between. Her creative work has a very positive effect on my well being and general outlook. She’s not responsible for me, but because she shows up for her art, she has unknowingly shared her energy with me and changed my mood. Her art is my happiness boost. Sometimes that’s enough to help get me through a tough day.

When you deprive yourself of making art, you deprive all of us of your understanding and our understandings of the world. Art can bring enlightenment and education and provocation and encouragement. Art is communication. Art is responsibility.   As Voltaire (maybe) and Uncle Ben Parker (definitely) once said, “With great power comes great responsibility.”  I remember that when I write. And I hope that young creators and emerging artists will remember that too when they are looking for a reason to continue, a boost for their morale, or when they are simply lost and scared and have something inside of them that yearns to be made and they aren’t sure how to make it or why they should do it or where to start. Listen to this song or read my book (or another one) or get up and dance. Pump yourself up. Believe in yourself and your art. 

We’re right here and we’re ready for you.

You can listen to my interview with Kayla, and hear the song we wrote about this, on our podcast, “You Should Write A Song About That!” And check out Kayla’s work and new book on Amazon, from Chronicle books, or at KaylaCagan.com!

Portland, OR – 11/21/16 – It’s Gonna Be Okay

It’s Gonna Be Okay
When
Monday, November 21, 2016
8:00pm - We’ll play a short set at this incredible weekly comedy show! - 21+
Where
Eastburn (map)
1800 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
Other Info
We’ll play a short set at this incredible weekly comedy show, hosted by local comedy genius Barbara Holm! Free show at Eastburn. The show starts at 8:30 pm, but get there by 8pm to get a seat! 21+.

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Portland, OR – 11/16/16 – Gosh Darn Fiasco w/Chelsea Cain, Lucia Fasano & Doubleclicks!

Gosh Darn Fiasco w/Chelsea Cain, Lucia Fasano & Doubleclicks!
When
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
7:00pm - Join us for Gosh Darn Fiasco with Lucia Fasano and Chelsea Cain! - 17+ Buy Tickets
Where
Kickstand (map)
315 NW Davis St
Portland, OR 97209
Other Info
Join us for a live recording of our comedy/role-playing game podcast, Gosh Darn Fiasco! Angela (from The Doubleclicks), Lucia Fasano (singer-songwriter, comedian, Portlandia), and bestselling author Chelsea Cain (Heartsick, Mockingbird) will tell an all-improvised on the spot story, taking cues from audience participation!

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The Internet – 11/15/16 – Desert Bus

Desert Bus
When
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
11:00am - Tune in for a fundraiser benefiting Child's Play at https://desertbus.org! - All Ages
Where
Online! (map)
The Internet
Other Info
Desert Bus is the world's longest running internet-based fundraiser and has raised more than $3.1 million for Child's Play over its nine-year history!

It's a great example of what happens when a huge community of people from all over the world--organizers, volunteers, crafters and viewers--come together to achieve a common goal, and we're psyched to be a part of it!

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Come See Us Online This Week

Hey folks. We’re still collecting our thoughts and planning our actions after last week’s events, as we’re sure all of you are, but we’ve got some shows coming up online this week and we’d love for you to join us if it feels right!

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November 17 at 6 pm, #DoubleclicksLive – Free Online YouTube Show: We’ll be hosting our monthly online show on our YouTube channel Thursday evening! Pull on your favorite pants, put on your headphones, and join us for music, chat, and special guest Peter from Rock, Paper, Cynic! There’s still time to request songs on the Facebook poll.

PLUS tomorrow:

November 15 at 11 am – Desert Bus Fundraiser Benefiting Child’s Play: Desert Bus is the world’s longest running internet-based fundraiser and has raised more than $3.1 million for Child’s Play, a charity dedicated to improving the lives of children with toys and games. It’s a great example of what happens when people from all over the world–organizers, volunteers, crafters and viewers–come together to achieve a common goal, and we’re so proud to be a part of it. We’ll be calling in and chatting and playing a few songs on Tuesday, so check it out at desertbus.org!

Portland: 

Wednesday, November 16 at 7 pm: If you’re in Portland, we’d love to see your faces. You can find us at Kickstand Comedy Space at the Siren Theater Wednesday, November 16 for a live recording of our comedy/role-playing game podcast, Gosh Darn Fiasco, at 7 pm. This month we’re featuring Lucia Fasano (singer-songwriter, comedian, Portlandia) and bestselling author Chelsea Cain (Heartsick, Mockingbird). Find tickets here and RSVP on Facebook. 17+ recommended.

Monday, November 21 at 8 pm: We’re also playing a short set at It’s Gonna Be Okay, Barbara Holm’s weekly feminist safe-space comedy show, November 21 at Eastburn. The show is free and starts at 8:30 pm, but you’ll want to get there by 8 pm to get a seat. 21+.

Hugs and love to everyone!

New Video: “The Universe” by Danielle Ate The Sandwich

Hello friends! We have a new video for you: a cover of “The Universe,” a beautiful song by Danielle Ate The Sandwich. This song is incredibly great and I knew as soon as I heard it that I wanted to play it sometime. Aubrey put on an incredible string quartet of cellos and I’m really happy with how it turned out! If you like it, please share it!

Danielle’s new album The Terrible Dinner Guest is incredible—if you haven’t yet gotten into Danielle’s stuff, I recommend checking out this music video, which is amazing and funny and SO DARN RELATABLE.

Thank you as always to our Patreon backers for making our videos possible!

How to plan your own tour: using the Internet and your fans

A pretty accurate piece of Doubleclicks tour fanart by Jade Gordon
A pretty accurate piece of Doubleclicks tour fanart by Jade Gordon

We just got home from GeekGirlCon, a wonderful convention in Seattle full of the most adorable child cosplay in the world. During that convention we sat on a panel called “Women in Nerd Music” with Molly Lewis, Sammus, Shubzilla and Minn from Thundering Asteroids. It was a really fun and productive hour, with some insights about band names, sexism and the new portmanteau “thermomenerd” (meaning the song used by a band to measure the nerdiness of an audience).

The last question in the panel, right under the wire, was “how do you book a tour?” — and we didn’t really get to answer it. But guys, I just have SO MUCH TO SAY!

Collected below is basically every possible thing I thought of when I thought about tour planning. It may or may not help others, depending on what you want to know. Any advice is most likely to apply to bands with an existing online audience.

The post below is not very well organized, and it is not comprehensive, But I think it is a pretty clear reflection of our method for planning tours, with all its benefits and flaws.

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