Confessions of a Heathen…

Confessions of a Heathen…

Confessions of a Heathen… 150 150 The Band of Heathens

My name is Seth Whitney, and I am a Heathen. My job as a Heathen is to travel around the world with four other Heathens, playing music for people and spreading as much joy and happiness to others as we can collectively muster up.
This week marks a ten year landmark in my life, as it was ten years ago yesterday that I set out from my hometown of Olympia, Washington, to Austin Texas, where I hoped to pursue an education in playing live music. My goal was to live there for a few years, play as much as possible, and move back home stocked with some good experiences and a foundation in performing live. What I ended up getting was more than I expected, and the education continues today. The only difference is, now I call Austin home.
That’s not to say that I don’t hold the Northwest close to my heart still. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss the people and beautiful things that make the Northwest so special, and this week being an anniversary of sorts, has made me very nostalgic. That’s why “The Band of Heathens” debut in the Northwest is even more profound to me.
On Aug. 3rd, we will be playing for the first time in Seattle, and the next day in my hometown of Olympia Washington. I wasn’t aware of how important this would become for me, but in reaching out on various social networks to let people know about the shows, I have reconnected with a lot of old friends and even family that I somehow lost track of living so far away. To top it all off, my birthday is on Aug. 3rd, and though I won’t reveal my age, let’s just say it’s a big one. I can’t imagine a better place to celebrate than in Seattle and Olympia.
At first I thought this all to be a coincidence, this convergence of events if you will. Ten years to the week, my work taking me back to the NW, it all falling on my birthday, dogs and cats living together…what a great blog this would make?
The truth is, I don’t think it is a coincidence anymore. I think we all make this stuff happen for ourselves, and in the end, your heart always takes you where you need to go if you are listening. For me, I needed to be in the Northwest this week.
I think I’ll keep listening to my heart.
Seth
Please come and join us:
August 3rd, 2010
The Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA.
Opener starts at 9pm — Tickets still available
August 4th, 2010
The State Theater, Olympia, WA.
7pm showtime — SOLD OUT
9:30pm showtime — Tickets still available