I wrote this after seeing the Federal Reserve, a collective of established, and like-minded alternative/folk musicians,Â perform on June 2nd at Iota in Arlington, VA. They played acoustic sets, and used basic folk instruments (including the chair for percussion). Not gonna lie, I was
a littleÂ tipsy when I wrote this, and it’s advisable that you just skip down to the bottom. You’ve been forewarned!
Tonight, I saw the face of music. Music is when a group of friends decide to play together for no other reason then to play. Music is when there are no backstage’s or VIP’s. When there are no tickets or merchandise. Music is when there is no order. When there is no formula.Â Â No sets. No expectations. Just music. Music doesn’t tolerate bureaucracy. It sure knows how to disguise itself, but it’s not music. Not fully.
Music allows for mistakes. It allows you to make a fool of yourself. If it doesn’t, then it’s worth asking why it’s being done. Is it for fame or fortune?
Music is entrapped. It’s asked to be freed. It wants to be listened to. Piracy concerns are concerns of fools.
In today’s world, it’s difficult for music to be music. The demand can’t be that pure. Musicians need to eat. Label execs need to buy luxury cars. Â But that doesn’t mean all has been lost. Not after nights like tonight.
Thank you Federal Reserve for showing me the face of music.
Â The Federal Reserve collective is made up of These United States, Vandaveer,Â Kitty Hawk, Revival, Brandon Butler, Rose, Let’s French, and more. They play the first Monday of every month at Iota, and their tour schedules usually dictate who shows up. Mark Charles Heidinger, of Vandaveer, explains that the idea of a collective formed after “several of us relocated from parts all over and thought a collective of some sort might ground the group in the scene and serve as a mutual launching pad.” Several bands from the collective have been signed to DC’s Gypsy Eyes Records and a Federal Reserve compilation can be purchased from their store.