Anyone who’s been introduced to Live Oak Legacies knows that we believe in the power of personal stories to bring families and communities closer together. By documenting and sharing our most precious and meaningful life experiences, we build stronger connections with those we love and preserve the essence of what makes us who we are. Along the way, we have found many others who share this passion. Still, the concept of capturing and sharing personal stories is still unfamiliar to many, so we try and take every opportunity to share concepts and information to get people talking, writing and sharing with one another.
In this week’s blog we want to take a moment to discuss our favorite Awareness Month. While May has always felt like a time for celebration – the sun is shining, classes are ending, summer is just around the corner – it is also Personal History Awareness Month, which gives us another reason to be excited!
Even as we are saturated with nationally recognized (i.e. Shark Week, Hot Tea Month, Be Kind to Spiders Week and Hot Dog Day), the Association of Personal Historians makes a wonderful case why Personal History Awareness Month is different, and we couldn’t agree more. Sharing our lives with friends and family beats spiders and mystery meat any time, at least in our book, but what do you think? We’d love to hear how you plan to celebrate Personal History Awareness Month with your family in the comments section.
Have a great rest of the week, and get out there and share your story!
Live Oak Legacies is dedicated to helping you and your loved ones preserve and share your most treasured stories, so we love to recognize others who embrace and celebrate history in the same way. When these individuals also happen to be our friends, it makes it even better. In this post we feature Sonobeat Records: Pioneering the Austin Sound in the '60s, a new book by Ricky Stein about Austin's early music scene and one of the labels that helped steer it. With South By Southwest ready to fill our streets with its annual musical celebration, we hope this gets you in the mood to jam out and appreciate how our once sleepy little town became the "Live Music Capital of the World."
Unlike so many of us (myself included), when tasked with choosing a topic for his UT senior thesis, Ricky Stein took the exercise to heart. A lifelong Austinite and a prolific local musician, Stein’s innocent exploration of Sonobeat Records evolved into a full-length exploration of one of Austin's most influential labels during the 1960s and was ultimately published by the History Press.
When asked why he chose to explore Austin's music history, Stein said:
As Austin continues to grow, there's a fear that we as citizens will somehow lose a part of our identity that has made this town so distinctly appealing over the years. I wanted to preserve and bring to light a story about how we developed into such a cultural mecca in hopes that readers will have a better understanding of our city's heritage.
While Live Oak Legacies focuses on preserving individual and family stories, this is definitely something with which we can identify. After reading this book, I certainly have a deeper appreciation for Austin's musical pioneers and how their work still has people dancing in the streets today.
Check out Sonobeat Records: Pioneering the Austin Sound in the '60s here, and have a wonderful SXSW!