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Maggie Rogers, Alaska (live acoustic), Greek Theater, Berkeley, CA, September 20, 2019 (HD)

I was very nervous. I threw up in the bathroom I was so nervous. I was wearing a white bedazzled denim pantsuit, which…still very sick, and not far off. And I came back again to play Outside Lands that summer. And that still…tonight, tonight might have rivaled it, but that’s still in my dreams. It was my favorite show I’ve ever played in my life. I came back again, this time last year to start a tour for a record that wasn’t out yet And the day I landed in San Francisco, in the car from the airport, I got a call that I was going to be on Saturday Night Live And I proceeded to play two more of my favorite shows I’ve ever played in such a special venue. I came back this April and got to play in the Fox Theater And so to be here tonight, at The Greek in this beautiful setting, I am… I’m a little overwhelmed. I have a really difficult time connecting the name and the person, with my name on the t…it’s like… the name on the ticket (You deserve it, baby girl!) What did you say? I didn’t hear you, I’m sorry. (You deserve it, baby girl!) Can just one person say it? Oh my God! I’m sorry, I promise I wasn’t trolling. That’s really funny. That’s very sweet. I was going to say that it’s very strange that that name is the same one I wrote on my math paper in the fourth grade. Music… Music for me has always been a way to bring people together and to have a release, and to build community. It was so special to be here on this campus protesting today… …to be here at such a home of social disruption. When I stand on this stage tonight, and when I was over on the Berkeley campus earlier today I was thinking about all of the artists who have sung songs in these spaces, for… to bring people together And I was thinking a lot about music as a way to transport us. There’s this Bob Dylan song I’m obsessed with right now and I can’t stop listening to on repeat. It’s…no, I’m not going to play it. I’m going to play something else, but you should go home and listen to Standing In The Doorway ’cause it’s fucked up. But I was thinking about them and thinking about all the artists here and then walking out and seeing all of you and knowing that all of the artists that have taken in this view, and being able to be a part of them I just, I keep… I keep wanting to just, in some way, tap the shoulder of the girl throwing up in the bathroom of the Rickshaw Stop. And just show her all of this. “Girl, you got it, it’s going to be fine.” “This is going to happen one day.” “Everyone’s going to put their flashlights on in Back In My Body.” So, with this idea of music being this tool to transport us, and wanting to show that girl all of this, I thought I would play Alaska in the way I wrote it in my bedroom. This is Matt We love Matt. Thanks Matt Thank you guys so much for tonight


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