Today’s the big day, y’all. I know a lot of folks have already voted, which is awesome. And heartening. But if you’re reading this and haven’t yet made your voice heard in this incredibly important election, please drop what you’re doing and go vote. And if you know someone who’s considering sitting this one out, send a friendly reminder. I don’t know what the next few days will look like, but I do know that the future will look a whole lot brighter a whole lot sooner if a whole lot of people go to the polls today with love in their hearts.
I thought I’d also share a song worth taking with you (literally or figuratively) when voting today. I’ve been enjoying the cover of Neil Young’s “Lotta Love” that Helado Negro put out last week — with contributions from Flock of Dimes, Devendra Banhart, and Richmond’s own Trey Pollard. Win or lose, these lyrics chart a clear path for the road ahead:
It’s gonna take a lotta love To get us through the night It’s gonna take a lotta love To make things work out right
If you’re reading this, whether you’re hopeful, confused, stressed, or just eager for this election to be over with, I want you to know that I love you. And I promise whatever happens, it’ll help to have this song in your heart.
Really neat shindig happening tonight at the Hofheimer Building in Scott’s Addition. Trey Pollard will be debuting pieces from Antiphone, his soon-to-be-released album of contemporary chamber music (out Friday — preorder here). They’ll be played by a string quartet in collaboration with Classical Revolution RVA, an organization that aims to present classical music in inventive ways “by taking it into local bars, restaurants, cafes, and galleries.” Did I mention Matthew E. White will be opening? This promises to be special, y’all. Hope to see you there.
If you’re interested in learning more about Antiphone, be sure to check out the interview I did with Pollard for the Auricular. He was incredibly candid and thoughtful throughout our conversation, and I think you get an especially keen sense for the dedication he brings to his work, whether he’s composing original pieces like the ones being performed tonight or arranging songs written by others. Here’s how Pollard put it when we spoke:
Matt and I talk about it a lot. The craft of what you do is important… It’s about how you go about it — caring about the details, caring about the parts that make up the bigger thing.
While Antiphone certainly represents a moment of cultivation, it’s also a window into how Pollard approaches music on a daily basis. In that sense, his story and Spacebomb’s are one and the same: When you do things the right way, it shows. And Antiphone is nothing short of an achievement. What a gift it’ll be to see these pieces in the live setting.
Get your ticket here, check out my interview with Pollard here, and listen below to a piece from the album entitled “8 Pairs: Fugue VI. Very Slowly.”