We got some absolutely incredible news this week: two of our recordings will be preserved until the end of time. Or, at the very least, for as long as there is a United Kingdom.
Back in 2012, we were invited to contribute “Graceful Steps” to The State of Music, a project by a small UK record label called Choose My Music Records. The purpose of The State of Music was to “discover, interview and release music by one unsigned or indie label band from all 50 US states.” We were excited to represent Pennsylvania, as well as to find out that our friends in New Sweden would represent Delaware (where Jason and I grew up). The State of Music project collected some great music and garnered the attention of BBC Radio and The Guardian, before coming to a close in 2013.
Earlier this week, the founder of Choose My Music, Dom Paczko, received an email from the British Library Sound Archive. The British Library, the largest in the world, is the national library of the United Kingdom and charged with “preserving the national memory” of the UK. Its sound archive includes oral histories, plays, performances of the classical masters, wildlife sounds, urban soundscapes, and popular music. The music collection is mostly British, but it also includes select international recordings. A representative from the archive praised Dom for his “great and interesting” music selections and told him that the British Library would like to archive all of Choose My Music’s releases. This includes “Graceful Steps,” our contribution to The State of Music, as well as “Cotton Shirts,” which Choose My Music released for us in 2012.
This is an incredible honor and we’re still having a little trouble wrapping our heads around it. Needless to say, my grandmom (who grew up in Malvern, England) was pretty excited. She told me, “You know, it’s always nice to have something to brag about to the other ladies.” Oh grandmom.