Remember singing telegrams? Yeah, me neither. At least in my lifetime, their existence seems to have been purely pop-cultural.
But no longer(!), provided you like your missives flavored with saccharine, and occasionally anarchic, indie pop.
Thao with the Get Down Stay Down—formerly of Virginia, lately of San Francisco—will write and record a singing telegram for the winner of a raffle; the (kinda steep) $20 ticket price benefits CASH Music. The nonprofit creates open-source software and code to ease the distribution of music.
From CASH Music’s Web site:
Having a hard time getting a message to someone? Let Thao [Nguyen] do it for you! You give a name, pertinent facts, a loving message, whatever. Thao will take it and write a song, record it, and send it off to the person you chose.
Only caveat: Thao is writing a song to someone on your behalf, so keep it positive — no haters please.
Thao with the Get Down Stay Down plays with The Portland Cello Project and David Schultz on Nov. 6 at the Black Cat at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15.