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Tuesday night I had the honor of attending the Flint Eastwood album listening party at Assemble Sound. It's going to be difficult to find the words to explain the experience of attending this event, but I am going to do my best because what I experienced on Tuesday night was powerful and important.
Seventy five people gathered at "the church" on Tuesday and took a tour of the new Flint Eastwood album Small Victories. Garret Koehler, owner of Assemble Sound, interviewed Jax about the process of making the album, recording the album, writing the album, and going through one of the hardest experiences of her life. Jax was more open and more honest than anyone I have ever seen. The reality is that losing her mother has changed her life and her music. Loss is one of those things that we simply do not talk about and Jax made it clear that we should. We expect people to take a week off, mourn, and get back to life, but it's not always that easy.
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Small Victories is nothing like anything Jax (and her amazing brother Seth) have ever done before. It's club bangers with heavy beats about real life. It's an album about going through hell and choosing to come out on top. It's a album about pain, suffering and celebration. Jax talked about the difficulty in finding meaning in life after losing her mother and then wrote an album that says fuck it, let's embrace the pain, get through it, and celebrate what matters, which is "community, friendship, and relationships", according to her. At the end of the day all that matters is the connection that we have with people around us.
I don't think Jax realized it at the time, but while she was telling her story she was connecting everyone in the room in a special way. We started out the night quiet, listening and learning and we ended the night almost caving in the floor because everyone in the room got up and danced. The dance party was organic, it wasn't created, it was almost needed after we took the journey with her. She took us through her pain and we wanted to celebrate her victories, small or otherwise.
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I have personally had a rough year. I didn't lose my mom, but there have been some really high highs and some really low lows. Jax made me realize that it's okay to feel that and to embrace it. She closed the night by saying, "be vulnerable, don't be shady". It made me laugh, but it's true. Being vulnerable is so powerful. This album is powerful because she opened up and let us into her pain.
Jax found a light at the end of a dark tunnel, this album will help you do the same. Small Victories is being released today, you must pick up a copy and give it a listen. Take in the lyrics, feel all the feels, and let loose and dance. I am looking forward to the release show, I cannot wait to bond with the crowd and see Flint Eastwood perform these songs live. This music is the kind of music that brings people together, so let's hang out November 14th at the show, I wouldn't miss it for the world!
Flint Eastwood's new video for the Small Victories first single "Find What You're Looking For" has also been released, check it out!