It’s a big day for fans of Pretty Lights, as the producer himself Derek Vincent Smith has released a new single and music video “Rainbows & Waterfalls.” Marking the first release since 2016’s “Only Yesterday”, the track blends the smooth sounds of Shuggie Otis‘ 1971 classic “Strawberry 23” with his own signature next generation style that defies categorization. The official music video for “Rainbows & Waterfalls” surrounds a theme for LETTER 22, “a story of the positivity that underscores all movement towards progress and enlightenment, no matter how many obstacles stand in the way.”According to Pretty Lights, “It is the story of a pure force of will, hidden somewhere out there, that is dedicated to revealing evolutionary truths to this universe in a systematic way. It is the story of a visitor from another place, charged with delivering an enigmatic message; a wandering guardian, protecting a civilization that rejects the sun; and a being watching over it all, orchestrating its rhythms. LETTER 22 is also the story of all of us, who have each, at one time or another, felt ourselves to be in possession of knowledge or insight that appears an innate, universal truth to us, but is callously dismissed by others. In such moments, it is easy to feel as though you truly are from a different planet, governed by a different sense of logic and order than this one, which used to feel so familiar. However, in such moments we also find ourselves at a crossroads – a point in spacetime where we must choose to either succumb to these tribulations, or overcome them, and let those triumphs fuel the continued search for others who are also willing to open their eyes to another point of view.” Watch “Rainbows & Waterfalls” below:To celebrate his new solo effort, Pretty Lights has also announced a run of dates with the Pretty Lights Live project. On December 28 & 29, Pretty Lights Live will play The Fillmore in Detroit, Michigan with Too Many Zoos and SoDown. On December 30, they will move on to Snowta in Minneapolis, MN, and will conclude 2017 and ring in 2018 at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA with Jade Circada.Smith may have a well-deserved reputation for innovation in the studio, but his fresh approach to music has always been equally potent on stage. With the Pretty Lights Live project, he’s found a way to turn his electronic music shows into fully improvisational experiences like no other. It’s a unique vision that he brings to life with the help of Alvin Ford Jr. (drums), Chris Karns (turntables), Borahm Lee (keys) and Brandon Butler (keys) — a stellar group of musicians who have backed him in concert since the summer of 2016. Taking cues from early jazz musicians, Smith and his band make sure every performance is a unique adventure by injecting a healthy dose of improv into the equation. No song ever sounds the same twice.[PRETTY LIGHTS LIVE NEW YEAR’S RUN]December 28: Detroit, MI – The Fillmore (w/ Too Many Zooz)December 29: Detroit, MI – The Fillmore (w/ SoDown)December 30: Minneapolis, MN – SnowtaDecember 31: Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore (w/ Jade Cicada)* 2 Day Passes Available in DetroitTickets, VIP Experiences, and lodging options (via CID Entertainment and Curadora) for 12/28-29 in Detroit and 12/31 in Philadelphia will be available via Pretty Lights’ direct-to-fan pre-sale. Early Bird VIP Presale begins Tuesday, October 24 @ 11am ET/10am CT. GA Presale tickets will be available beginning Wednesday, October 25th @ 11am ET/10am CT.Fans are encouraged to sign up for the Pretty Lights mailing list to receive a pass-code for the pre-sale. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, October 27th @ 10am local time. Tickets for December 30 in Minneapolis, MN are on sale now. Pretty Lights has partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket goes to support organizations working to provide rapid emergency relief to those affected by the devastation of Hurricane Maria.For tickets and information, head to the Pretty Lights website.
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The board of directors of Seattle Credit Union ($896.4M, Seattle, WA) boasts a diverse mix of racial and ethnic groups, genders and sexual identities, and industries prevalent in the Pacific Northwest, including technology and aerospace. In fact, the credit union is well-known locally for its diversity and inclusion.This idyllic composition was not always the case, however, and the transformation did not happen overnight or by chance.“It was a long and sometimes exhausting process,” says Tonita Webb, executive vice president, about the credit union’s eight-year journey to a more diverse board.Like many cooperatives, Seattle Credit Union’s previous board was composed long-tenured members who had served for 30, 40, or even 50 years, and they did not want to give up their positions. Initial conversations about change were awkward, but change was necessary.