Introducing Liner Notes, a LoFi newsletter

Welcome to first edition of LoFi’s Liner Notes, a newsletter to keep you updated on events and occasionally provide reported stories about food and music, as well as playlists from chefs and recipes from musicians.

We created LoFi as an experiment and response to a culture of screens, gadgets and social media arguments. We believe music and food, instead, can help us understand other perspectives and recognize our common humanity. It helps us feel on a deeper level to get us out of heads and into our hearts. So, with LoFi, we want to create opportunities for disconnecting digitally and reconnecting in real life—to celebrate the lo-fidelity in books, music and face-to-face conversation.

We launched LoFi at Bonnaroo last year, and we’re happy to say our little project was well-received.

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We offered a pop-up library at the festival and a few mini book clubs around themes like inclusion and mother earth. There’s a lot going on at Bonnaroo, so we were thrilled that guests stopped by our booth to chat and check out books – and mostly even bring them back!

After Bonnaroo it has taken us a minute (between jobs and life demands) to figure out where to take LoFi next. But as we kick off 2018, we’re ready and excited to announce some upcoming events.

First up, we’re launching the LoFi Book & Record Club. We’ll be pairing a food book with a record or playlist in an ongoing series. The inaugural club pairs Feed the Resistance by Julia Turshen with a playlist curated by Tallu Schuyler Quinn of The Nashville Food Project. We’ll read, listen and then gather to discuss at CITY HOUSE at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, Feb. 13 (this is a revised date and location!). Tallu will be our special guest to talk about the book, her playlist (she grew up in a music-loving family with a songwriter father, and she sings too!), as well as her incredible work with food in this community.

You can find Feed the Resistance at local bookstores like Her Bookshop in East Nashville or Parnassus Books in Green Hills. You don’t have to finish reading the book (or read it all) to attend the discussion. But it is a slim little number packed with excellent essays and recipes. Proceeds from the book also benefit the ACLU. As you read and maybe even cook from the book, take a listen to Tallu’s playlist on Spotify, or from the list below.

Then we hope to see you on Feb. 13—reserve your spot today!

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Tallu's Playlist

Famine - Sinead O'Connor
Glory – Common
Rise of the Black Messiah – Indigo Girls
Revolution - Tracy Chapman
Subdivision - Ani Difranco
Ella’s Song – Sweet Honey in the Rock
Stones in the Road - Mary Chapin Carpenter
Redemption Song - Bob Marley
Rape of the World - Tracy Chapman
The Lion’s Share – 10,000 Maniacs
The World Turned Upside Down - Billy Bragg
Pride - U2
Hello, Birmingham – Ani Difranco
Tether – Indigo Girls
One Voice - Wailing Jennys
When I'm Gone - Phil Ochs
One Step Closer to You - Michael Franti and Spearhead
Faye Tucker (+ hidden track right after Philosophy of Loss) – Indigo Girls
Who’s So Scared - Disappear Fear
Some Other Town – Susan Werner
Change is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke
The Women Gather – Sweet Honey in the Rock
Pendulum Swinger – Indigo Girls
All My Relations – Ulali
Go - Indigo Girls
We Are the Ones – Sweet Honey in the Rock