by Jason Steele
This is Dedicated to the Ones I Love
As I spend most of my days cooped up inside unable to see your faces (at least in person) I found myself reflecting on the last 6 years with Altered Stage. It’s hard to believe how far it’s come and how much great music has been made! I tell the story all the time, but I remember being concerned that doing 1 gig every 3 months would be too aggressive and that members would not feel comfortable playing so often when we started out. Guessing that we have done well past 50 gigs since the beginning, so I am glad to have been wrong on that one. I also tell someone who comes to the space for the first time that Altered Stage is “member run” and truly I feel like it’s all about YOU. You are the ones that have made Altered Stage so special and I first want to say that I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!
With all of that in mind, I decided to make a mix-tape for you. It’s a sappy love song mix-tape to express how much I love you, but more than that it’s a solid representation of songs that allow me to drop deeper into my heart every time I listen to them. And true to the tradition of making a “mix-tape” I’ve paid close attention to the order in which the songs are played. It’s a big ask to hope that you listen to my tape and get the same feelings I do but I would never ask you to do that because music is so personal. Just as you listen I hope you hear me saying how much all of you mean to me. I also hope that you discover some new music that you’ve never heard before because that’s what most of you have been doing for me for the last 6 years. I thank you for that and hope you feel connected in this isolated time.