trekky records christmas at the cradle

trekky records christmas at the cradle

What a difference a year makes.

trekky records christmas at the cradle

This time last year, I went to see the 4th Annual Trekky Records Christmas at the Cradle show. I went because some bands I love were playing; I had very little idea what Trekky Records was, much less the names of the boys fronting the Trekky Yuletide Orchestra. The day after that show, I sent Will Hackney — hi, Will! — a pissy email because he’d posted my photos without my name on them.

I took a lot of pictures of Jonny Tunnell that night because I thought he was adorable, not because he was Jonny.

trekky records christmas at the cradle

I was shooting with my kit lens. I’d had Six about two and a half weeks; I was two months off from buying my 50mm, and 10 months from the 100mm that spent most of last night on my camera.

Barring any impromptu post-Christmas pre-New Year’s shows, last night was my last show of 2009. I saw 89 shows this year, and I didn’t count but I’d wager that more than 50% — probably more than 60% — of them had a headliner from the state of North Carolina. God, probably at least 30% of them had a Trekky band on the lineup. (You can see photos from all but five shows here.)

trekky records christmas at the cradle

So last night I went to the 5th Annual Christmas at the Cradle, because my friends were playing; friends who’ve gotten married and had babies since last Christmas, friends who have become an inextricable and necessary part of my landscape here in the Triangle. I went for the bands, yes, but mostly I went for Trekky.

trekky records christmas at the cradle

I’ve shot in studio with bands this year. I’ve had a photo printed in an actual paper publication, I’ve got a show hanging at a venue in Chapel Hill right now. I got paid for photo work. I scored a press pass.

But mostly, this year, I know I’m not going to have to email Will and grump at him, because I trust him.

trekky records christmas at the cradle

I could have filled this post with inside jokes and call outs; things I’ve learned about people that I could have done without knowing, things that serve no purpose other than making me happy. But it isn’t even really that, in the end. It’s being happy, and knowing how far my life has come in a year, how much bigger my world has gotten. I’m grateful, every day, for the scene here, the bands and fans and bartenders and club owners in it. The Independent Weekly covers some of that feeling for me this week, with their annual Year in Music issue.

trekky records christmas at the cradle

And if you’re still here after all that, here, have my all-time favorite Christmas song: the Trekky Yuletide Orchestra doing “All I Want For Christmas Is You”. Sometimes I listen to this song in July just to cheer myself up, that’s how much I love it. And Trekky.

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