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In The Box: Nov/Dec Newsletter

Updated: Jan 10

I'm writing this nearly a week into 2024 and I still can't fully grasp the year that 2023 was. These last two months were relatively calm as far as concerts and events, but I worked tirelessly on The Music Box magazine which will be in your hands very soon. Although I wish I'd had time to put more effort into it than I already did, I'm pleased with the outcome. Going into the new year, I'd also like to transition these In The Box posts to things outside of music as well as music related. There's so much media I consume that I adore and would love to share that isn't about music, so my plan is to begin writing about those too. I guess these have become my newsletter/recap. I'll mainly just be adding a few snippets about books or movies alongside music so it won't be much different.

November was void of much excitement, in fact, it was quite bland. The majority of it was spent chipping away at school projects, editing the magazine, working, and overall trying to keep my sanity. It was a bit hectic. The beginning of December was about the same, but there was still a few more interesting highlights. Music Millennium, a record/CD store in Portland posted on Instagram that they had signed Amy Lee promo posters for the re-release of Evanescence's "Fallen". Obviously I was elated to hear this so my friend and I road tripped to pick it up. Totally worth it! The poster is so cool and I had it framed a bit after. This definitely wins as the coolest signed memorabilia I own, and I have a lot. I may do a post of my collection one of these days.

To be honest, that was the most exciting music-related thing that happened. I didn't even listen to a lot of music over my break at home. But, Maggie Lindemann has been teasing a new album on Instagram though so that's pretty exciting. According to her stories, it will come out this year and have four singles, one possibly coming out in January, it will have three features, and will not be sonically heavier than Suckerpunch.

But, I did some other media absorbing. I rewatched Dead Poets Society in November, and for some reason, it totally clicked whereas it hadn't before. Years ago I watched it in high school and I hadn't seen it since then, so this was long overdue. Like I said, something clicked and I just fell in love with it. From late November to this point in time, I watched it seven times. Is it an obsession? Possibly. Do I care? No. It's easily my new favorite comfort film.

Also in early November, I read Donna Tartt's "The Secret History" for the first time, and boy, I can't even describe to you the lengths of my infatuation for that book. The story, the characters, it's all so alluring and I was unable to put it down. I picked it up again in December and buddy re-read it with a friend. The story remained just as besotting as it did the first time, if not more. If you aren't familiar with it, the core plot line is that a group of aesthetically driven Greek students do some unexpected and gruesome things. It's a wonderful read and I can't stress how much I believe every person should read it at least once in their life. (For those who have read it, my favorite character is Francis. I play "Francis Forever" by Mitski and dream of him often.)

Alongside that book, I finished "A Certain Hunger"by Chelsea G. Summers which was a terribly fascinating read. Terribly in the most literal sense of the word, there was some parts that were rather unappealing, yet I just couldn't leave the book alone. It's a relatively short read, you could probably get through it in one sitting if you wanted to. Each page was shocking but in the best way possible, and not much can shock me these days in terms of books. The more wild and decrepit it is, the more I love it. Another one to add to your 2024 reading list.

Actually, I lied. I did discover a new artist and album over these two months. Have A Nice Life's "Deathconsciousness" came to me around the same time I began reading The Secret History. I found it was the perfect album to read to, especially that book. I soon learned that there's an immense history behind every piece of that album, from the title, the artwork, the lyricism, and inspiration. I had searched up some YouTube videos to help me grasp everything, this one was great. The animations were a bit cheesy but it put everything into perspective and made me realize this isn't just another shoegaze-y industrial album, it contains multitudes. Now it's my appointed album to read The Secret History to. I'd love to do my own breakdown of it someday.

The best way for me to look back on a year in my life is to see all of the artists I obsessed over. 2023 was filled with Pierce The Veil, Sleeping With Sirens, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Interpol, Paramore, Waterparks, Fontaines D.C., The Last Shadow Puppets,Tears For Fears, Jawny, Bring Me The Horizon, madison Beer, The Pretty Reckless, Hole, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Maggie Lindemann, Have A Nice Life, Evanescence, The Psychedelic Furs, Deftones, Kendrick Lamar, Lana Del Rey, and Arctic Monkeys.

The 2023 season has come to a close. By far, it was the unrivaled best year of my life. I attended 49 concerts, which I'm pretty sure is more than my collective family lineage has been to. I made some incredible friends and met some of my favorite artists. I created my own magazine, worked my dream job, and interviewed some fantastic humans. Nothing makes me happier than to see my dreams begin to come into fruition. A new year is upon us and I'm so excited to see where it will take me & The Music Box! Thanks for reading!


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