Posts tagged Esme Barrera
Posts tagged Esme Barrera
I watched a man write a note that said “I didn’t really know you, but so many people loved you. I hope you are smiling” and I completely lost it (again).
A woman who didn’t know Esme (I heard her say “look, she was a teacher”) absorbed the altar with tears in her eyes (see above).
For Esme. At Mexic-Arte.
The sinners are much more fun.
The Esme Barrera Fan Club Band is joining the Polyphonic Spree for “She’s a Rainbow” at La Zona Rosa on Wednesday night. This video is from Esme’s Austin memorial - I organized around 40 of my fellow Girls Rock Camp volunteers and we put this together in just a couple of days because all these amazing women dropped everything they were doing to just do this. Performing was heartbreaking yet beautiful and life-affirming. I suspect tomorrow will be more energizing and flat-out joyful, with over 50 of us on stage, it’ll be a massive tribute to a dear friend who lived to the fullest. I still can’t believe she’s gone. I miss her every day.
P.S. The Polyphonic Spree is donating 25% of their merch sales to the Esme-inspired Unlimited Possibilities Scholarship Fund, which sends girls in need to Girls Rock Camp Austin.
Esme! Wherever you are, here’s your new jam. I love you darlin’.
Ted Leo - Dancing in the dark (Bruce Springsteen cover)
I just read about the murder of Esme Barrera, a Girls Rock Camp volunteer from Austin, TX, on January 1. Though I didn’t know her, I’m deeply touched.
The internet told me Ted Leo was among her favourites, so here’s to Esme. RIP.
First day of Girls Rock Camp. Ms. Scarlett, lead howler, Ms Esme, badass.
I lost a dear friend early Sunday morning. I was able to piece together a few sentences about her yesterday but today I’m totally numb and I fear if I try to write more I’ll fall apart again. So, from my facebook post:
“I look ridiculous” was the last text I received from Esme, on her way out the door to the big NYE bash. She didn’t look ridiculous of course, I spotted her across the packed room donning a cute dress, standing against the stage by Max, singing along to Surrender at the top of her lungs. “Mommy’s alright, daddy’s alright they just seem a little weird surrender surrender but don’t give yourself away.” This is what I loved the most about Esme - her ability to capitulate completely to the moment. To put on a strappy dress and think she looks ridiculous and go out anyway. To stand in the front of the front and belt it. To listen to a song and embrace its power. To own the dance floor. Esme loved so hard. She had challenges and she faced them full on. Who is going to send me pictures of Ted Leo with hearts drawn on it? Who is going to chat me “Yo! I wish it was my job just to have fun!” I love her so much and I’m going to remember all of these things and use them to make myself a better person and the world a brighter place. I hope you’ll do the same.