This is my life here, crammed into this little room I’m calling my office for now. This is where I work to tell stories.
This is where I edit photos of the neighbors and strangers who have hired me to take their portraits.
This is where I write music, and these last few days, this is where I’ve been recording it to send on to the studio in preparation for another album.
Yup. Here I am, surrounded by cords and screens, cameras and props, notebooks and piles of paperwork, a puppy in the corner terrorizing the random hiking shoes I dropped off in here and a cat climbing up the leg of the sweatpants I haven’t changed out of yet today..
This has been my story these days. Writing things down, capturing moments in this room.
Tomorrow I will release a music video to the song “Boomtown,” a ballad, an ode, I wrote to the people coming and going and working to make lives here in the place where I grew up. I hope you click on over and check it out on www.youtube.com/jessieveedermusic.
Tomorrow is also election day, voting day, as you know. There are some big and controversial measures on my state’s ballot this go ’round.
Some are pretty personal to me.
And so I’ve been thinking about our stories more than ever these last few months. I’ve been thinking about how powerful and sometimes terrifying it can be to tell them.
And then I’ve been thinking about how incredibly important it is to talk, to talk to talk this all out so that we might understand each other. Because these days I feel so much gets lost in translation, in the argument, in the polarization that has become politics.
So that’s what Boomtown’s about, little snapshots of other people’s lives, a reminder that we’re all flawed and worried and desperate, so damn hopeful sometimes and really, not that much different…
So I suppose it’s fitting that I release it on election day, a little reminder, a little snapshot of our tiny corner of America, a look into the eyes of people out there just doing their best…
Coming Home: Seeking stories behind the snapshots of life
by Jessie Veeder
See you tomorrow in Boomtown!