One Million Bones

I’m sure that (if you’re not living under a rock) that you’re well aware at this point that we’re making a new album. We’ve been busy fundraising. I’m knitting scarves and we’re doing house concerts galore. With the exception of the carpal tunnel that I’ve developed from all of my knitting (just so you know, I’m sometimes switching to crocheting because it’s easier to do in the car—so don’t be alarmed if you get a scarf that’s crocheted instead of knitted), it’s been super fun. We’ve been able to meet new people, make new fans, and totally get to know our current fans on a more personal level, which is always exciting.

We played a house concert last weekend to get us back in the groove after a two week vacation. We set up downstairs in the basement (so that our hard rocking wouldn’t disturb the neighbors). At some point before guests arrived, we wandered upstairs to sample the food from the Salvadoran (as in, “from El Salvador”) restaurant that catered the party. We ended up at the wrong table, confused as to why we were looking at a huge hunk of clay instead of tamales and pupusas. Even more confusing was that next to the hunk of clay, we found several handmade, clay bones. Before you ask what the heck was going on at this creepy house, let me give you the skinny…

Charlie makes a vertebrae.

The concert  hostess works with One Million Bones, a nonprofit that “is a collaborative art installation designed to recognize the millions of victims and survivors who have been killed or displaced by ongoing genocides and humanitarian crises in Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia and Burma.” They seek to “create a visible movement that will increase global awareness of these crises while raising the critical funds needed to protect and aid vulnerable survivors.” For every clay bone created, supporters will give one dollar towards the cause. Students in Tallahassee have already made 7000 to be added to the larger installation in Washington, DC in the spring of 2013 that ideally will be one million bones. We thought that we’d go ahead and lend our support and made some bones.

I’m all about creative and fun ways to make a difference. If you’re excited about this Million Bones idea, check out what the Tallahassee Chapter is doing here. You can get in touch with the organizer and talk about all the good stuff that they’re doing (or chit chat about how great the Sarah Mac Band is!!).

Charlie and Claire hang out with our bone model between sets.

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