THE LONGEST YEAR, the brainchild of Cassandra Bailey-Langjahr, is a songwriter of the highest calibur; the type that makes other writers jealous. Her thoughtful, eloquent lyrics surprise and elevate your ideas about life and love, relationships, conflict, and standing up for who you are; for who you decide to be. Her melodies leave you humming because you can’t help yourself, and will leave you enamored with the joy of a well-turned phrase. We will be bringing our collaboration to clubs and venues throughout the midwest this fall so stay tuned here for previews, sounds, dates, and all things tour. Keep up with us on Instagram and Facebook, but come on out and we can meet face to face the old-fashioned way.
Ariana Hodes is creating neo-traditional, empowerment music and performance art for our collective future. As a singer/songwriter and theater maker she creates events and moving imagery and sounds that encourage her audience to think about their humanity and the planet.
Her powerful, lyric-driven songs worm into your mind with hummable, memorable melodies. Drawing from the traditions of activist folk, and the soulful grooves of rhythm and blues, she crafts new sounds that feel like home at the same time. She ascribes to the ancient ethos that we, humanity, are not separate from the earth. Her authenticity stems directly from this connection. Her desire to use art to illuminate and inspire come from a deep knowing that we all have within us the power to create a more inclusive, sustainable, and healthier world together.
Not only does Ariana approach her art with an emphasis on ecological sustainability practices, but invites her audience to do the same: to be intentional with transportation and consumption, and asks when you leave a gathering of like-minded individuals how will you create more sustainability in your life? How will you share what you’ve learned; what you’ve felt? How will you be a spark for others?
An artist is one person, one cosmic citizen. Ariana aims to effect change through effecting group thought, feeling, and action; to educate in a welcoming, hospitable environment that is a safe space for whoever chooses to show up, be present and engage. We all need a little motivation to be better versions of ourselves, and it is easier to do that in connection and communion with others vs. alone in our rooms in front of a screen. It is vital to each of us as individuals and as a society that we join hands, hearts, bottles and plates, raise voices, and shout into the ether together.
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EP - LAST NIGHT’S MAKEUP
Recorded by Eric McConnell.
Produced by Jonathan Pears.
EP - ARIANA HODES
Recorded at Loud Studios by Julian King,.
Produced by Darran Smith.