When we announced the “For Wisconsin” project, we were trusting in sincerity.
From the first, we were looking for conversation, not conversion. Conversation in voices designed to be heard by each other, not over each other. The voices we use when we visit. Your voice was exactly that.
Thank you for making “For Wisconsin” what we hoped it would be. Thank you for conveying that the power of conversation is measured not in volume, but in consideration. In quiet questions. In small stories. And sometimes, in silence…so others may speak.
We are so grateful you lent us your voice. Wisconsin is better for it.
“To offer this collaboration (across space and time!) with friends and family and mentors means the world to me: especially at this moment.. ‘Let us all unite’! This song started in a dream I had a couple years ago a few weeks after watching a Charlie Chaplin movie. In the dream I walked into an empty, run-down warehouse to play a show. There was no one there. No crew. No one. There was no gear. No microphones. But, I remember I walked up and out to the middle of an old stage, looked out at the empty room and started singing. And I kept singing this phrase ‘we are not machines” over and over. Somehow, people started coming in the warehouse slowly, and then all of the sudden I was hearing voices singing with me. ‘We are not machines…we are not machines’. The warehouse filled up with people…in a blur…all kinds of people. Many people had umbrellas, and they kept opening them…and I realized it had started to rain in a little bit through the crumbling ceiling…but everyone just kept singing. And here we are still singing. And here I am still dreaming.” —Pieta Brown
“As an artist collective, VUCA represents the diversity of our beautiful state. Through our collaboration, we seek to illuminate the dark corners where we deny our frailty and collective struggles.
In Elysian Fields, Amanda Hufff sings from the perspective of addiction. Many are quick to think of drugs and alcohol, but addiction is much more complicated and insidious than that.
Right now, we are witnessing a mass addiction to righteousness. As a country, we are so confused by where our identities end and our humanity begins that we are incapable of hearing one another; driving wedges between families and communities. E Pluribus Unum, out of many one. True for VUCA and our country. We wish to inspire all of us to push past divisive, self-serving stories and invite richer, kinder, and more constructive conversations.” —VUCA
“I wrote this song a few years ago to empower myself during a time where I felt the weight of the world was heavy just like it is now which is why I chose this song. It is metaphorical and poetic but also straight forward about embracing the skin I’m in even though I oftentimes feel judged for it. It was produced by my friend Randal Bravery, I never recorded it and I just feel like it’s a rare gem I hope people can vibe with!” —Zed Kenzo
Teamed up with @eauxclairewi & @boniver for their #FORWISCONSIN initiative encouraging political participation in our beautiful home state of Wisconsin. I chose to perform Frank Sinatra’s little gem “All My Tomorrow’s”; It’s the perfect tone note for the moment. Optimism and reality bound together in a bittersweet prayer for action. Text “VOTE” to 56005.
Please remember these important dates to register to vote in Wisconsin:
Register Online: October 14th Register in Person: October 30th Election Day: November 3rd Cinematography: Chelsea Halloin Credits: Frank Paris Amanda McCall Alex Drossart Alex Quade Sam Farrell Frank Anderson Gwen Cain
Do you know someone who’s on the fence about voting? Someone who hasn’t registered to vote, and maybe won’t? Justin Vernon would like to visit with them. Not to debate, not to preach, just to visit. Justin might play a tune, or sing a song, but mostly he just wants to talk thoughtfully about why voting matters.
We need you to nominate someone you know — someone not sure they’re going to vote — to have this talk with Justin. The visit will take place privately, at a secret location in the winner’s home county. It will be filmed for broadcast later. And if the person you nominate is chosen? You get to come along.
We’re excited to share this opportunity for residents in Milwaukee county this week, with additional county-based opportunities coming up over the next three weeks.
“I was partway through writing this song about growing up in VT when the recent surge of BLM protests happened and I realized it might be some kind of white nostalgia song, a ‘cliche on the radio’. I saw this video where Janaya Future Khan talked about how a lot of white folks have the lived experience of growing up essentially un-policed, and that was definitely my experience. A lot of freedom to make mistakes under the eyes of loving adults, even ones in uniform. VT and WI both have a lot of rural white counties, and I guess this song is me wrestling with the fact that my own experience growing up was so real to me, but it was not shared by a lot of Black kids who were not given second or even first chances. Let’s vote for a world in which every kid is treated as ‘one of our own’.”
Folks, a bunch of your Wisconsin neighbors are joining together to make sure your voice is heard and your vote is counted. Through images, words, stories, songs and some surprise moments brought together by the Eaux Claires Festival, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, Justin Vernon in a tore-up van, and you, the FOR WISCONSIN project is your chance to grow the vote, secure your vote, and build your future.
Free speech and freedom begin and end with voting. If you don’t mark your ballot someone else will define your Wisconsin and your future. Whatever your background, location, (or musical preferences!), the extended Eaux Claires family and 88Nine Radio Milwaukee invite you to join us and your neighbors to ‘visit’ about voting.
We chose that word ‘visit’ on purpose. As in shoot the breeze. Swap stories. This won’t be a one-way conversation. This isn’t about dropping in and telling you how to think. Or assuming we know what you think. Rather it’s about how to keep our neighbors in the conversation. How to visit together even if we can’t get together. How to lock in your vote EARLY. How to make sure your vote counts.
We can’t wait to visit…soon Justin will fire up that van and we’ll begin sharing online and in person. We hope you’ll share your story. Share the reasons you love this state. Share what you’d love this state to become.
We want you to share your story with us. Whether it’s the challenges and obstacles you and your neighbors are facing here in the state we call home, your own actions; thoughts, songs, dances For Wisconsin. We plan to share as many of these on our platforms as possible, so please get involved. Let’s do this – together. For Wisconsin.
Connect with us on social media: @eauxclaires #forwisconsin Or reach out through email to: firstname.lastname@example.org