Residency: Secret Mountains – Week 2

Read the second journal entry from Jeffrey Silverstein of Baltimore’s Secret Mountains.

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Residency is a four-part weekly journal entry brought to you by one of our favorite artists every month.

In this edition, Jeffrey Silverstein of Baltimore’s Secret Mountains will contributes his second journal piece for November.


Ramblings Pt. 2

I am back in the same coffee shop. It has been a couple of perfect autumn days in Brooklyn. Recently, I was informed I got the job I had been wanting/waiting to hear back from for a couple of weeks now. It was getting to the point where not only did I want this job, but if I did not find full-time work, it would make it increasingly difficult for me to continue to live in the most expensive city in the United States. Sometimes I still cannot comprehend that this is the place I landed on. It is not often that anything feels certain or even leans towards certainty in my life. However, recently I am overwhelmed with this feeling. There was a show in Baltimore, Hope Night, a few days before Obama had been elected for his first term where a slew of my favorite Baltimore musicians performed. These were people I looked up to, people I considered famous. I have always struggled with the idea of being famous. I do not think I will truly ever wrap my head around what makes someone famous, when seemingly there are just as many people who have no clue who this person is, nor any desire to know. This is an especially difficult concept in terms of ‘indie’ music. It is likely I could go on for days on the subject. I digress. At the height of the show, my friends Jen and Andy of Wye Oak set up to play a few songs. Ask anyone who has ever come in contact with Wye Oak and they will tell you it is hard to imagine any two musicians to be kinder souls. That night Jen went on to say how she always feels in the middle of things. Always able to understand both sides of a story and how this can make it very difficult sometimes to move forward with life, relationships, etc. She made the point however, that in the moments where you do feel certain of something, 100 percent, that you must recognize it and how powerful that feeling can be. She was certain about Obama. He won. I had never heard a musician articulate so concisely what I felt. It was a beautiful moment and one of the most rewarding, powerful evenings of music I have ever been a part of. I believe the last song of the night was a collaboration of all the people who had performed and they did, “I Shall Be Released.” Perfect. My dad has this classic line he always likes to tell me. While he used to say it more to keep me out of trouble, it is something I keep with me all the time. “Trust your instincts,” he would say. How difficult I used to find that. Now it begins to come a bit more naturally. I’ll probably use it on my kids someday. Peace is on the rise.

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