My name is Shasta. I am one of four children. My parents were married. From the outside, we seemed to be a big happy family. However, inside the walls of our home was a nightmare. At 8 years old, I got a black eye for not folding a towel the right way. At 13, we watched one of our siblings have a knife held to their neck. I also distinctly remember being hit with a plastic baseball bat and going to bed with out dinner often.
I lived in fear, my heart was empty and I was lost. When I was 14, I went into foster care for two years. I went back home when I was 16, but while there was no longer physical abuse, I didn’t feel loved. When I turned 18, I moved out and began living on my own. The years of abuse from my parents left me depressed. I kept my shades drawn, ate very little and only went out at night so I could avoid people.
During this time, MySpace was in its glory days. Music was every where, and you could easily find new great artists. I always enjoyed music because it was a place for me to escape from my life, which was not an easy task. I could find a song for every emotion and sing along without being ashamed of how horribly I sang. For a few years, music was a place where I found happiness, until I turned 21.
My brother Josh was the center of my family. He was the one who held us all together; The one who joked and laughed the most; The one who dropped what he was doing to help you; The one who gave you silly little gifts that were exactly you. He wasn’t just my brother. He was my best friend.
One night, Josh was headed home from a friend’s house. It was extremely foggy with a five foot visibility. As josh was driving, he came up to a train track crossing with no warning lights or arm bar. A train happened to be crossing the road while heading towards it. I talked to an officer who responded to the accident. He said he could barely see his flashlight beam a few feet in front of him. There were no skid marks on the road, which was an obvious sign that Josh never saw the train. At the young age of 20, we had to say goodbye to my brother.
That is when I stopped caring about music. This lasted for a few years. I still listened to music, but none of it hit my soul like it did before. One day, The Silver Heart Club came along and I turn it up really loud. I sang at the top of my lungs. I attended Bo and Steven’s album release concert and on my hour and a half drive home, I played their song “House Fire” on repeat as the tears flowed. I found the magic again. To be connected; to see how real it is…how real they are. To have a history, a story, a connection, a friendship with the two that put their music out there… to say that I am a fan of music doesn’t even touch how these songs have lit that fire again.
This is the only photograph Shasta has of her and Josh together.
The Silver Heart Club play an acoustic version of Lullabyes at the District Company in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Get this song and more at iTunes: www.itunes.com/thesilverheartclub
The show Community returned to NBC January 2nd at 8/7c! In celebration of this great triumph, we made a tribute video to Troy and Abed’s “La Biblioteca Spanish Rap”.
We were named winners for the RAWards 2013 Semifinals in Minneapolis by RAW Artists
Thanks to everyone that voted! It was a fun night full of very talented people!
Cute Is What We Aim For- Fourth Drink Instinct, performed live acoustically by The Silver Heart Club.
Listen to originals by The Silver Heart Club on iTunes.
// Filmed and Edited by The Silver Heart Club //
We asked people at the Rosedale Mall in Roseville, Minnesota about their views on The Silver Heart Club.
Thanks to those who participated in this video and hung on through those awkward situations
Steven and Bo show you how to perform a guitar flip; and also share tips on how to protect yourself from getting injured while in the learning stages of this activity.
Sometimes you just need to take a break and teach the dog a fun game like Red Light- Green Light.
#TBT: Warped Tour 2013. 20,000 miles. 4 oil changes. And sweet, sweet sunshine!
Pick up our album “Rookie Card” on iTunes: http://bit.ly/RcstSi