It Really Is All About The Music
We spend a lot of time talking about sound at The Assembly. Like, a lot. We have carefully and meticulously crafted daily playlists for the clubhouse, a bathroom that only plays Beyoncé, a monthly Saturday night sound bath, and a working record player in our private collaboration room. So this weekend when I was reading the NYTimes 25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going, I was struck by this passage:
“Women in this world are taught to believe that every problem must have a buyable solution. Not sleeping well? Get a lavender-vanilla pillow spray. Overrun with stress? Buy a skin-care routine. The market is rife with solace for sale — a product on offer for anything that ails. This past year, our own systemic subjugation was no exception. With a former beauty-pageant owner in the White House, Clinton in Chappaqua and high-profile men being exposed for their crimes, feminism reached its most shoppable form: pink pussy hats, enamel pins of vulvae, shirts that proclaimed “The Future Is Female.” These trinkets and tchotchkes brought comfort to their owners, but as a political response, they felt comically feeble. In a culture that tolerates violence against women, denies our health- and child-care needs and polices our sexual conduct and bodies, why would empowerment ever look cute?”
This is the opening to the (rightful) first song on the list, “Bodak Yellow” by Cardi B, an unlikely anthem for our times that cut through the noise this year. A personality that we never knew we all needed.
While I love a pin, tee, and tote as much as the next card carrying feminist, my moments of empowerment come from connection and community. And when that community also sweats and moves together, well that’s magic.
Music and dance and movement. They heal. They bring us together. They let us scream and yell and let it all out. We are so excited to bring more dance to The Assembly, starting this week with a visiting instructor, Kemari, who is bringing fire with Hot Choreo Hip Hop on Wednesday. Then, on Sunday, Amber Quiñones is debuting her new class, thick., which you won’t want to miss. As Amber put it best, “The pedagogy behind thick. is that working out should not only be effective and time-efficient but LIT.”
How can you argue with that? Check out details and some other events (BRUNCH IS BACK!) below.
See you soon,
P.S. Concert series next? 🔥
P.P.S. We’re hiring, so keep your eyes on our career page. 👯