Say you are a musician. You want to do a ten city tour. Real cities. Los Angeles. Seattle. Minneapolis. Real life, no kidding, not right-next-to-another cities. It’s risky for even an established musician. What if nobody showed up? Would you want to go to Boston if there wasn’t a really good reason? (Just kidding, Boston.)
Meet Kim Boekbinder. Kim Boekbinder is The Impossible Girl. She does impossible things.
So here’s what she’s doing. She’s Kickstarter-ing her way to a pre-sold tour. Ten little Kickstarter campaigns, one for each city on her tour. Naturally, she’s calling this The Impossible Tour.
But before you make your decision to support her (and you will, won’t you?), get to know her through a delightful photo (taken just for this very blog) a few questions.
1. You appear to be avoiding most of the southeastern United States. What can Atlanta (for example) do to entice you to make a visit on your next pre-sold tour?
I’d love to come back to Atlanta! I played there once in February 2010. It was before my album came out and it was freezing cold. I had also just had the worst flu of my life, bedridden for days and cancelled tour dates. But I wrote the song “Impossible Girl #4” while bedridden and performed it for the first time at that concert.
I have some ATL folk trying to convince me to come back. When this Facebook event hits 100 attendees I’ll put up a Kickstarter for a show: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=256535507697969&ref=ts
2. Imagine a future like that of Fahrenheit 451. All books are banned and literature survives only through rebels who memorize and then embody books. What book would you become? Why?
Many of my favorite books are quite sad or emotionally awful (Pale Fire, Infinite Jest) so even though I love them and think they are very important I think that to become them would mean to embrace their particular madness forever. Not that I would avoid madness as the book I would become is The Passion by Jeanette Winterson, which has its fair share of madness. But it is one of my favorites and also something I can live with everyday.
3. Are you afraid of heights, such great or otherwise? If not, then what frightens you at a clinical level?
Mostly I find them exhilarating. When heights do scare me it is only because I feel the impulse that many people do to jump off.
“Fracking” frightens me. Down to my core. Breaking apart the earth’s crust with extraordinarily toxic chemicals in order to harvest natural gas has to be one of the stupidest, greediest, most shortsighted ideas in the history of mankind.
Now you’ve met her. The Impossible Girl. And this is her Impossible Tour. Pick a city near you and make the impossible happen …
Update: It’s so nice to be appreciated …