And the Road Led Here

Hey everyone- Kelsey here. I like to make funny noises on my keyboards (a Yamaha PSR950 and a Korg Minilogue for those that care about that sort of thing). If you’ve caught the previous blog posts, then you’ve been introduced to almost all of the Grawlix crew. If you haven’t, what are you waiting for?

Besides singing and playing keys, I’ve been working hard behind the scenes to bring this website and blog to life. I am by no means a website designer, but I do what I can. So, if you’re digging the new look, let us know! Feel free to leave a comment if there’s anything you’d love to see us add here, too!

I’m so excited to share this blog with you all so that you can get to know us for the crazy, kooky family that we are. As you read from Rob here, we’ve been on this wild ride for about 5 years now. Grawlix is the first original band that I’ve ever been in, and I could not have hoped for a better group to be a part of.

We are not a very serious bunch. Also, we are missing our newest addition in this photo.

While this may be the first official writing project I've ever been involved in, I'm no stranger to music in many other forms. Growing up, I spent a significant amount of time in choirs, school bands, musical theater productions, and many, many music lessons. Since I attended an all-girls high school, we borrowed guys from nearby schools to cast our musical productions. This is how I met Cisco-- he was dragged along to come audition. We became friends quickly, and years later were finally in a music project together -- Worlds of Alice -- a cover band that played only one fateful and epic Halloween party.

The only photo I can find from that Halloween party

From there, we continued to play as a cover band with an old friend and musical mentor of Cisco's, Mike Griffin. These two projects taught me a lot about playing in a band. Up until this point, being in a band was a pretty foreign concept to me. Performing as part of a band was terrifying. There was no mask, no cover of a character/role to hide behind -- just me. It felt so much more vulnerable than any other type of performance I'd ever done before.

There was no wardrobe to hide in either.

That feeling of vulnerability while performing increased for me during the beginning of Grawlix. Not only were we now up there as ourselves, but we were playing music that we wrote. There was now truly nothing to hide behind. But, as a band we wrote those songs, and as a band were up there playing them together. I ended up finding this even more rewarding. Every role has come to an end, but this is just us. It's those moments of intimacy both on stage and off that have made us a family, not just friends or colleagues. We've all poured our hearts into this project and each other. And while I sometimes miss the theatrical performances of my past, I can't believe I'm lucky enough to be a part of this tribe.

So hooligans, stick around to get to know this crazy Grawlix family. We're looking forward to getting to know you, too, so don't be shy and reach out to us. I promise we don't bite!

#begolden #grawlix #bandfam #family

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