I somehow missed this: The great EMA released Take One Two, a stripped-down, acoustic song as a digital single on Valentine’s Day. All proceeds go the the Jamie Isaacs Foundation, an anti-bullying non-profit.
Oh, and the video… In her own words:
“This footage comes from a South Dakota trailer park in the mid-90s, and features a small group of freaks and misfits who seem to be having the time of their lives. Dressing up, hanging out, making up funny skits, and lots of laughing. When I look back now at our fresh young faces (yes that is me with the short dark hair and cat-eye liner), I’m amazed at how simply happy we all look. This is especially remarkable as I know what was going on outside those plywood walls: getting called names, shoved into lockers, and threatening to get our asses kicked for being queer or punk or just plain weird. But despite all that, there is a joy, strength and self-acceptance in our faces that I find inspiring and wanted to pass on.
This one’s for all the weirdos out there: cherish your friends, fuck the haters and let your freak flag fly.”
I think it’s quite wonderful.