Grizzly Bear’s Mom Gets It

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Let’s face it, not every mom is thrilled when their child announces their burning desire to be a musician. We pay lip service to it as a culture, with music lessons and recitals, but if a kid announces their desire to eschew college and go on the road? Yikes. I would lose a few night’s sleep over that myself. Every parent wants their child to have an easy path, and music is arguably not one.

Which is why I love this feature at Drowned in Sound so much. Luke Slater has posted letters from a member of Grizzly Bears’s mom, dating back to 2007. In it, she observes industry trends, such as radiohead’s giving away their downloads, and critiques her son’s band’s new publicity shots:  “I’m not quite sold!” What she does at every turn is take her son seriously, and honor his path. Which I think is a beautiful example.

I also think it’s worth noting that she’s been writing these letters since 2007, and this is the year Grizzly Bear’s starting to blow up and get some real recognition. But nowhere in her letters do I see her saying “Maybe you should rethink this whole music thing…” I admire her steadfastness, and am grateful for parents like her. I know my husband enjoyed the same kind of support and honor from his parents, and it does make a difference.

Grizzly Bear has some great songs out right now: I love “Cheerleader”. They’ll be at Austin City Limits in October, as well as touring throughout the summer.

How do you think you’d deal with your kid choosing an unconventional path? Or are there any conventional paths anymore?

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  1. Susan Helene Gottfried Friday - 29 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    As someone on an unconventional path, herself, all I can really do is commiserate and cheer from the sidelines. Anything else would be hypocritical. Susan Helene Gottfried’s last blog post..Only the Good Friday: Next Week!
  2. Susan (Trout Towers) Friday - 29 / 05 / 2009 Reply
    Bwahahaha! We are so conventional ourselves, it's law school or nothing. Actually, Sugarplum wants to be a pilot and Studley can't even snap his own pants. Could your husband snap his own pants when he was little? I ask because our OTHER famous bass player friend buttonholed Studley as a bass player. We'd be good with that. Susan (Trout Towers)’s last blog post..the lighthouses are easy to find
  3. Jupiter Monday - 01 / 06 / 2009 Reply
    Oh, I must go check out those links now. My 4 year old informed us that all he wants to do for his whole life is play drums. We bought him a drum set for his birthday. Now I'm looking to set up some gigs so I can pay for it and future instruments,lessons and such. Ok, not really but having raised one kid already to adulthood, I know that I'm cool with whatever they do decide to do. I'm just Support Staff once they reach Old-Enough. BTW, have you heard Grizzly Bear's cover of "He Hit Me and It Felt Like A Kiss"? Great cover, eerie & chilling. Jupiter’s last blog post..A dollar for anything here on this quilt A price tag for hands from which all things are built

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