It’s my 4 year end-of-first-bike-trip-aversary!
That journey by the numbers:
800 miles from Memphis, Tennessee to Venice, Louisiana
2 nights camping inside a fire station
26 nights people took me in
I thought it was a southern hospitality thing, but people have been taking me in all over the world in the years since –– I don’t know how to possibly repay this gift, but once I have a place of my own there will always be a futon for travelers.
1 cardboard sign
1 time I held a mastodon tooth
Thanks, Howard Brent! Howard took me out on a Sunday river boat ride with his friend Hank, too. He showed me how the river washes up a whole treasure box of things, like the skeleton of this boat.
Despite the best attempts of the Army Corps of Engineers, the Mississippi’s banks are always moving and jumping.
1 night dancing at Reds in Clarksdale
This saxophone player’s jacket is the inspiration for the neon vest that I wear while cycling…
I embroidered myself a pair of poet pants in New Zealand, too.
I did a fist pump every time I saw one of these signs. MRT!!!
That August 2013 I recorded 50 hours of stories.
I didn’t know what I was doing, but it felt right.
Music comes out of the water, I think.
Stop what you’re doing and go listen to the Shotgun Jazz Band. No, really. The night I spent listening to them in New Orleans was simply sublime.
I chased after a car to get this picture taken at the End of the World, the place where Louisiana Highway 23 meets the Gulf of Mexico.
I’ll have to check when I’m back stateside to see if I can find the hard-drive with those audio stories on it. It would be interesting to listen.
I’m immensely grateful to all the storytellers who have propelled me around this planet a few times since… I couldn’t keep going without the 700+ people who have taken the time to share a piece of their lives with me.
Here’s to water stories, climate change stories, and everything in between.
Stay tuned for more updates about 1,001 Stories in the months to come. I have 700+ audio stories from the last three years to share… still working on format, but a podcast might be bubbling on the back-burner.
xo from Stockholm,
STORYTELLING FROM THE GROUND UP:
On January 21, 100,000 people took to the streets in London to protest Trump’s inauguration, marching from the U.S. Embassy to Trafalgar Square.
I tagged along with my audio recorder, and recorded interviews with 18 activists who attended the march.
You can read both here:
Here’s a small sample:
And if you’ve ever found yourself thinking: Devi makes audio recordings — why hasn’t she shared many of them with the world?
The GroundTruth Project created a playlist of my recorded interviews. You can listen to the recordings on SoundCloud here: https://soundcloud.com/groundtruth/sets/voices-from-londons-womens
In love and resistance,
The bird life in this hemisphere is outstanding. Here’s a tui singing at sunset above the Whanganui River.
Whanganui, New Zealand
This video made possible by supporters on Patreon.
If this blog is at all a source of inspiration for you, please consider popping a tip in the proverbial jar — any and everything keeps me going on the move.
I have a piece about a water story from Nukuloa-Gau, Fiji, coming out in print & online with No More Potlucks on New Year’s Day. I’m looking forward to sharing that audio recording & story with you all.
P.S. Someone on FB commented on the video above that they would “love to hear the bird minus the road sounds.”
To which I replied: “We live in a world where birds and cars coexist. The beautiful thing I find about recording sound is that it’s all there, even the messy / ugly bits. Recording gives me permission to listen more carefully. I can’t manufacture sounds. I listen. Birds are notoriously difficult to record — it was lucky that this one was so close to my friend’s balcony.”
If you want to hear *just* birds, though, this website is a great resource for native bird songs in New Zealand:
DKL, over and out.