How To Give Thanks To Your Music Community
Musicians, forget not the gratitude towards other musicians whose work has been meaningful to you. "Sine Nomine, The Lion's Daughter, and The Gorge, thank you all for being my gateway into loving heavy music again." Even if the influence is outdated, thankfulness never expires. "Dear Nathan Bernaix, I cannot begin to tell you how much your songs in Target Market inspired me to push myself creatively, even if I was trying to top you."
If your community extends out of the general St. Louis metropolitan area, your appreciation should too. Text that guy who let you crash at his place in Oklahoma City. Send a nice email to the band who helped you get a show in Chicago. Buy a cheap greeting card at Deal$ and send it to that dude who runs that label in Brooklyn who wanted to put out a limited cassette run of your last EP but it turned out to not be financially viable. He'll love it.
I find it hard to talk about this subject without feeling lame, but that's how I feel about loving music in general. Deep down, music is as direct an extension of ourselves as I see possible. Because of this, we are constantly showing gratitude, even if it is subconscious. Every song we listen to, every G chord we strum, every lyric we write down, every note we sing in the shower is a small gesture to the vague spirit that is music. So for one day, one weekend, one season, let us be direct in our giving of thanks. It's what the pilgrims would have wanted.