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Cayetana shares Not What We Meant by New Kind of Normal to help Philly healthcare workers
When Cayetana released their last album New Kind of Normal in 2017, they chose a photo of singer-songwriter Augusta Koch’s mom, Catherine, for the cover artwork. Catherine is a visiting nurse in Philadelphia, and although the band is on an indefinite hiatus, they saw the need that healthcare providers are facing and came together this week to raise money to help people like Catherine get the supplies they need.
Cayetana shared a collection of demos, unreleased songs, and “really embarrassing shit,” titled Not What We Meant by New Kind of Normal, on Bandcamp and are donating the proceeds to purchase masks for visiting nurses and home health care workers in Philadelphia. The 12 tracks include demos of familiar songs like “Easy to Love” and “Mountain Kids,” plus a seven-and-a-half minute recording titled “first EVER cayetana recording its so funny 2011.”
“Like everyone in the world this pandemic has wildly changed our lives,” the band shares on Instagram. “Catherine as well as all of our wonderful health care providers, is still on the front line everyday providing care for our community. Now they need OUR help … We want to help Catherine and her coworkers be able to assist their patients in need to the best of their abilities while remaining as SAFE as possible. For the love of God the three of us need Catherine.”
So far, Cayetana has been able to order 100 custom made respirator masks with the donations. You can name your price for the album on Bandcamp, or send money directly to the band through Venmo or PayPal (info here).
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THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! I can’t begin to explain the amount of gratitude the three of us feel. We were able to order 100 custom made respirator masks that I can pick up and bring to our nurses on Sunday. There are more coming. We also are ordering them n95 masks but they take about a month to get here. My Mom read a lot of the Venmo and messages y’all sent and I saw her cry some good tears & smile for the first time since this all happened. The nurses are happy and we are happy. This wild, weird, freaky music community is so special and you guys have and continue to prove that you have such a beautiful world view. I don’t know what will happen as this continues I know it’s gonna be hard as hell. please hold on to that hope. It really does exist, y’all showed me that today. Yesterday I was full on panic attack mode and today I was eased by your generosity. We will buy as many masks as we have money for. I love you all so much. Please stay strong we’re here with you! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ xoxo augusta allegra and kelly!
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