Love me or hate me, I’ll be with you in the new year to help you navigate the ups and downs of the scene—and surely to prove my self-worth. Looking back over 2009, I was left with several lasting impressions of Santa Fe and its music scene.
Yes, it’s winter and yes, it’s cold. However, a good number of us live through this year after year—it’s no reason to lock yourself in your house until March. In the List of Ways to Keep Warm, dancing ranks high—right after you-know-what. As it happens, Corazón has two new recurring dance events, so put on your jacket and head on over.
I wasn’t looking for a show to review, or to even leave my house. Eventually, though, cabin fever set in. I found myself champing at the bit to venture into the world and, for the first time in a while, drink some beers. My travels were cold and I was moments away from throwing in the towel when I stopped by Cowgirl and, by chance, caught a band I’ve been meaning to see for a while.
I grew up with a father who was always making me listen to Billie Holiday and songs from Porgy and Bess. At the time, I looked at it as an exercise in sitting quietly until he let me go, so it wasn’t until later that I developed a soft spot for the chanteuse action. With such visions I grabbed coffee with local singer Teri Lynn Browning to discuss Teri’s Lounge, her new semi-regular event at El Farol.
Following warnings from Santa Fe police, the Meow Wolf collective has scaled back the number of shows it puts on. For some, this is an opportunity to focus more on its visual offerings. For others (namely me and anyone who gets excited about hearing original music), this is a huge blow to the music scene.