TAKE ONE TWO

Ok new song and video up just in time for Valentine’s Day!  This one is especially important to me.  The video footage was actually shot when I was a teenager, and the proceeds of this song are going to be donated to a foundation that works to combat bullying in schools.  To purchase the song and show your support, CLICK HERE.

EMATAKE ONE TWO

This footage comes from a South Dakota trailer park in the mid-90s, and features a small group of freaks and misfits who seem to be having the time of their lives. Dressing up, hanging out, making up funny skits, and lots of laughing. When I look back now at our fresh young faces (yes that is me with the short dark hair and cat-eye liner), I’m amazed at how simply happy we all look. This is especially remarkable as I know what was going on outside those plywood walls: getting called names, shoved into lockers, and threatening to get our asses kicked for being queer or punk or just plain weird.  But despite all that, there is a joy, strength and self-acceptance in our faces that I find inspiring and wanted to pass on.

I’m offering the proceeds of this song to  an anti-bullying non-profit called The Jamie Isaacs Foundation.  The organization was started by Jamie, a 15-yr-old girl in Long Island who was a victim of bullying for years before switching schools.  It works to bring youth advocates into schools and pass anti-bullying legislation, as well as empathic education of students and faculty.  To learn more, visit her site or check out this video.

When I first put together this video I sent it out to the people involved to get their take on it before it was released. My friends thought it was “adorable” but I didn’t hear back from the sweet boy in the turquoise teddy. I worried that it was too much, too revealing, and he wouldn’t want that footage put out into the world. Finally, I got a message back:

That was the most beautifully done video I have ever seen  I love it I love it I love it!     I could not stop bawling   I don’t think I’ve ever felt so secure as when we were all hanging out in the trailer bedroom.

Erika. Lacy. We all 3 of us went thru some pretty tough shit. But we made it through. Lets use what we learned and give it to somebody else that needs it.

I couldn’t have said it better myself. This one’s for all the weirdos out there: cherish your friends, fuck the haters and let your freak flag fly.

“Take 1, 2” on iTunes.

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7 Responses to TAKE ONE TWO

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  2. daveo says:

    Love the song and video. I tried buying the song on iTunes from the UK and can’t.. seems only US accounts can access it. Is that something you can sort out? Looking forwards to another UK/ London gig..soon I hope!

  3. SD says:

    Wow. First you make the best record of 2011 (and one of the best of the last 5 years)– then you try to use your fame to help others. The music world and the world at large needs you. Thank you, and I can’t wait to see you in DC.

  4. monica says:

    I am in Argentina watching this, and crying,I am here because all my life I had been running from those bullies , to realize I am my own bully, self acceptance man it’s fucking hard. Thank you EMA.

  5. andy says:

    beautiful video

  6. baddaddvice says:

    I love this. Poignant memories of being a teen freak. Hold on to each other.

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