Tina Kakadelis
YA Author


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Back In My Body

What’s up, guys? Here I am, trying to do what my mother wants and writing a blog for all you people. You’re welcome, Mom and the one person who accidentally stumbled upon my website.

My birthday was a little bit ago. Yes, I’m a Libra. I’m sure none of you are shocked. For my birthday, I went bowling because I am an Adult who loves bowling. I also saw Hozier in concert and I may or may not have cried during Work Song. And then finally, because I guess I turned into a Birthday Week person in my old age, I got matching dinosaur tattoos with two of my best friends.

Speaking of concerts, I saw Maggie Rogers last week. Prior to the concert, I had no opinion on her. You might recognize her from that viral video with Pharrell a couple years ago. If you haven’t, like my mom, heard of Maggie Rogers until literally this moment, here’s the video in question. If you, like my mom, have no desire to click on that link, the gist of the video is Pharrell came to Maggie Rogers’ class at NYU to give notes/opinions on the final project of the music students. He’s got opinions on everyone’s songs and then he gets to Maggie’s and the dude’s just blown away.

And, like, I get it. The girl is unprecedented.

I talk a lot about Bruce Springsteen on this blog and in my life. There’s a certain Thing that Springsteen has that’s like magic. When he talks about music and when you see him live (not that I have, sadly), you get the sense that playing music is the only thing in the world that matters to him. That if he didn’t make music, he’d die. There’s a sense of urgency that comes through that’s electric. He gives a damn. There is so much passion in his body that it is infectious.

“People love what other people are passionate about.” You cannot see a live show of Springsteen and not walk away feeling that this man is doing exactly what he loves and Needs to be doing.

Maggie Rogers is not Bruce Springsteen. Maggie Rogers wears red jumpsuits with long, sparkly tassels and glittery eye make-up. But, my god, seeing her live felt like I was seeing Bruce Springsteen. Which is the highest compliment I could give someone. Also, she’s from Maryland, so I support her.

Maggie Rogers put every single ounce of her heart and soul into her show and it may very well have been the most magical show I ever experienced. I don’t know how to explain it and how it felt, but that night will forever be one of my favorites.

This is all a long winded way of saying that everyone should be aware of Maggie Rogers and she’ll be on SNL in November and I love her. The end.

Tina Kakadelis