I’ve read some great articles, seen beautiful photos, and have had great conversations about recent experiences at the Keystone conference. There is nothing I can write that is more descriptive than others have already expressed. Since you ladies have helped me to find the confidence to be my authentic self, I chronicled my experiences over the last year in a classical form of art called “The Mix Tape.” Each song has an explanation for why it was included. I encourage you to find these songs on the platform of your choice and give them a listen.
The first song on the list has to be dedicated to my lovely wife. Without her, none of this would have happened. This song has many excellent lines that can speak to couples, but the one that speaks to me and her the most is: “Are you woman enough to be my man?”
1) Pearl Jam: “Hail, Hail.”
Songs two and three came into my life shortly after joining CDH. And two weeks after I discovered this band, I was at their show. Their band gave me a sense of power and courage. I tried to model my attitude, for my first day at Key, after the lead singer in the song “Money.” Their second song is “Evolve,” and well, its title is kind of self-explanatory in this context.
2) The Waring: “Money.”
3) The Warning: “Evolve.”
Song four is dedicated to the first CDH person, Nancy Gamms, that I met in person. We were both in drab but that didn’t matter. We had a great chat, and it was just so nice to be able to openly talk about what we do. It was a huge first step for me, and it set me on a trajectory of self-discovery like no other.
4) Wet Leg: “Chaise Lounge.”
Song five came to me via the YouTube algorithm after having a great chat about punk bands. It was at this point that I really started feeling a part of this community. To truly feel that there were others like me, and that I could find happiness and did not need to be so harsh on myself. Also, I was at the bar a bunch at Key, so this seemed fitting.
5) The Chats: “Pub Feed.”
Song six is dedicated to the entire CDH community. We are a diverse and eclectic group of wonderful people. And with that comes a wide variety of tastes, styles, and opinions. Some of which many may not like. Others might be similar to you. And some may even provide you an insight into your next go to outfit. And yet, we support and accept our differences and similarities.
6) Kacey Musgraves: “Cup of Tea.”
End of side one. Please flip the tape when side two is published…