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“I literally haven’t thought about food or my body since this began,” said local harpist Kelsea Little (the Wrong Trousers) from the Occupy San Diego demonstrations downtown. “It’s like I finally remembered there are things much larger on this Earth that I care about more than my weight or how I look.”

Joining other local musicians, such as members of Liquid Blue, Get Back Loretta, Todo Mundo, Kevin Martin, Lauren Scheff, and the Hoot Nannys, Little says “I researched the hell out of this before I decided to attend the first night, and even then I only went to observe and listen…there is only so much you can learn by reading about a movement that is driven by live gatherings.”

So, what, in Little’s view, is the Occupy (fill-in-your-city-here) movement all about? “The collective is still trying to decide exactly what we are because, as you’d expect, there are many differing opinions on that, but the general overtone is the same: justice and equality. And love, really. But these are more general emotive feelings amongst the group rather than set goals.”

“It is not a communist movement, I can assure you of that. There are scattered communist thinkers, sure, but there are also those in favor of a free market. I’m sure you'd easily find someone with your exact economic values. It is absolutely not a movement about government flattening society…there are also a lot of old people, and middle-aged people and black people and white people and rich people and poor people and homeless people and curious people and democrats and republicans and free partyists and anarchists and a whole mess of political affiliations I’ve never even heard of.”

As for what it ISN’T, “It’s not a bunch of people sitting around shouting ‘Down with the man, power to the people,’ followed by cheers and high fives and joints and stuff. That's how it’s being sold...I haven’t even marched at all. I don’t have a sign I’m holding or anything. I haven’t shouted once. But I’ve talked, and listened, and talking and listening is where it begins.”

“If I disagree with something, and I do often, I put my name down to speak, wait my turn, and speak it. The process is so democratic and fucking interesting and civil, mostly. The kinks are still being worked out…changing the world will take a hell of a lot longer than four weeks.”

Image

(Kelsea harping at the Civic Theatre, photo from her Facebook album)

Kelsea Rae Little started her San Diego music career with local folk-rock band the Wrong Trousers in 2006. After the band's indefinite hiatus, she decided to venture out on her own. Kelsea plays the concert harp, among whatever other instruments are captivating her at the time. Her songs are at once cutesy and thought-provoking. She enjoys performance for the opportunity to share her views and inspirations with the world.

Image Kelsea Little’s debut full-length Personal Myth (Aural Gravy Records) drops December 3, with a release party at Lestat's.

“The album title is basically a term I have coined for the way in which I experience the world, a projection of a persona, befitting for different times and places. But, after awhile, I lose sight of where my real self begins and the fabricated one ends, so in a sense become mythic to myself. Personal Myth.”

Recorded at Cabana Recording Studios with Twon and David Miano, two singles are planned, with non-album B-sides, “Us Stew” and “Debacle.”

Wrong Trousers bassist Mack Leighton plays on four of the album tracks.

“On the album,” says Little, “I play concert harp, piano, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, ukulele, main vox, back up vocals, various kitchen tools, and maybe a few other things. On electric bass, we had James Albers, and on string bass Mack Leighton. Wyatt Stone played electric and acoustic guitar, pedal steel, mandolin, and backup vocals. Jose Guererro played kickass drums, Sean Burdeaux [Paper Forest] played electric guitar and backup vocals, and Tasha Locke played four different-sized saxophones.”

A jaw-dropping amateur video of the Wrong Trousers covering the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" in Balboa Park has been viewed on YouTube over 633,000 times.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSUX9byu6NY

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“I literally haven’t thought about food or my body since this began,” said local harpist Kelsea Little (the Wrong Trousers) from the Occupy San Diego demonstrations downtown. “It’s like I finally remembered there are things much larger on this Earth that I care about more than my weight or how I look.”

Joining other local musicians, such as members of Liquid Blue, Get Back Loretta, Todo Mundo, Kevin Martin, Lauren Scheff, and the Hoot Nannys, Little says “I researched the hell out of this before I decided to attend the first night, and even then I only went to observe and listen…there is only so much you can learn by reading about a movement that is driven by live gatherings.”

So, what, in Little’s view, is the Occupy (fill-in-your-city-here) movement all about? “The collective is still trying to decide exactly what we are because, as you’d expect, there are many differing opinions on that, but the general overtone is the same: justice and equality. And love, really. But these are more general emotive feelings amongst the group rather than set goals.”

“It is not a communist movement, I can assure you of that. There are scattered communist thinkers, sure, but there are also those in favor of a free market. I’m sure you'd easily find someone with your exact economic values. It is absolutely not a movement about government flattening society…there are also a lot of old people, and middle-aged people and black people and white people and rich people and poor people and homeless people and curious people and democrats and republicans and free partyists and anarchists and a whole mess of political affiliations I’ve never even heard of.”

As for what it ISN’T, “It’s not a bunch of people sitting around shouting ‘Down with the man, power to the people,’ followed by cheers and high fives and joints and stuff. That's how it’s being sold...I haven’t even marched at all. I don’t have a sign I’m holding or anything. I haven’t shouted once. But I’ve talked, and listened, and talking and listening is where it begins.”

“If I disagree with something, and I do often, I put my name down to speak, wait my turn, and speak it. The process is so democratic and fucking interesting and civil, mostly. The kinks are still being worked out…changing the world will take a hell of a lot longer than four weeks.”

Image

(Kelsea harping at the Civic Theatre, photo from her Facebook album)

Kelsea Rae Little started her San Diego music career with local folk-rock band the Wrong Trousers in 2006. After the band's indefinite hiatus, she decided to venture out on her own. Kelsea plays the concert harp, among whatever other instruments are captivating her at the time. Her songs are at once cutesy and thought-provoking. She enjoys performance for the opportunity to share her views and inspirations with the world.

Image Kelsea Little’s debut full-length Personal Myth (Aural Gravy Records) drops December 3, with a release party at Lestat's.

“The album title is basically a term I have coined for the way in which I experience the world, a projection of a persona, befitting for different times and places. But, after awhile, I lose sight of where my real self begins and the fabricated one ends, so in a sense become mythic to myself. Personal Myth.”

Recorded at Cabana Recording Studios with Twon and David Miano, two singles are planned, with non-album B-sides, “Us Stew” and “Debacle.”

Wrong Trousers bassist Mack Leighton plays on four of the album tracks.

“On the album,” says Little, “I play concert harp, piano, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, ukulele, main vox, back up vocals, various kitchen tools, and maybe a few other things. On electric bass, we had James Albers, and on string bass Mack Leighton. Wyatt Stone played electric and acoustic guitar, pedal steel, mandolin, and backup vocals. Jose Guererro played kickass drums, Sean Burdeaux [Paper Forest] played electric guitar and backup vocals, and Tasha Locke played four different-sized saxophones.”

A jaw-dropping amateur video of the Wrong Trousers covering the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" in Balboa Park has been viewed on YouTube over 633,000 times.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSUX9byu6NY

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