Monday, April 18, 2011

Stuffing A Ballot Box: The Gift That Keeps on Giving...

@lizbrooks & Dena meet the U.S. Women's Soccer Team

A few years back, our tour manager (@lizbrooks, whom many of you know and love) stuffed a ballot box to win a contest to meet the United States Women's Soccer Team. I'm talking about the Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, Brandi Chastain team. And she didn't really stuff a ballot box (I can feel Liz's eye roll from Passover in Wellesley, MA as I type).

Basically, it was a contest to get people to sign up for the US Women's Soccer Team email list. So we emailed the Antigone Rising list and told them all to sign up and say "Liz Brooks sent me." And a good majority of our email list (for the love of Liz Brooks) did so. And she won the contest. Which led to her being flown out to a US Women's Soccer Team practice. Liz got to bring a guest, so she brought Dena (AR's drummer), and this led to Dena and Liz becoming friends with many of the players. This led to Antigone Rising being invited to perform and play at the team's annual Go-Girl-Go Celebrity Golf Tournament Event in California, which also led to the band becoming great friends with the soccer team's marketing guru, Jen, who birthed the whole email list contest idea in the first place!

And now, six years after Liz "stuffed" the contest's ballot box, Jen has sent the following email out to her personal list of friends. I encourage you to copy and paste Jen's email, change the names where appropriate, and send it out to your very close group of friends. And you should cc: Liz Brooks on your correspondence!

An email sent from the computer of Jen Rottenberg:

To all my friends:

I hope you all are well and for those I haven't talked to in a while, let me know what's up in your lives!!

The reason for my mass email: my friend Kristen Henderson and her partner Sarah Kate Ellis have just had their book, Times Two (Amazon:, published.  Now, I may be a bit biased since I know the authors and many of the "characters" in the story, but Kristen is a great songwriter and it turns out she and Sarah are excellent authors as well.  To be a good friend, I ordered my copy on Amazon and when it came in on Monday I thought, "well, I'll wait until the weekend when I might have some time, to start reading this," but I started thumbing through it and then I found myself reading and I just kept reading...I can't tell you how few books I've had a chance to read lately, but I kept coming back to this one all week until well, i'd finished's a great, easy read...and a poignant story of two women, how they met, fell in love, and somehow unconventionally created a conventional family.

Some of you have taken bold leaps into motherhood yourselves and I think Kristen and Sarah's story will resonate with you. Some of you have met Kristen and her bandmates, or heard their music at my behest, and so this book may feel familiar. And, even if you haven't done either, I hope you all will purchase the book (look, making it easy, here's the link again: just the same way that the somewhat mainstream success of "The Kids are All Right" helped breakdown stereotypes, mainstream awareness of a book like this will help further chip away. So, order it! And, forward this email to all your friends and send them out to purchase it...let's make it a best-seller!!!

And, when you get the book, be sure to quickly flip to that glossy section of pages in the middle, you know, the ones in every memoir, that include photos of the sure to check out the photo of Kristen on stage, as I am honored that of all the thousands of photos that exist in the world of her performing over the past couple of decades, she chose an image from one of her two performances at MY golf tournament to include in Times Two! :)

Buy it!

All my best,



  1. i will learn to like and support the u.s. women's national soccer team.

  2. remains one of my greatest accomplishments. no shame. none. at. all. those ladies are amazing.... and real pretty. glad the gift keeps on givin.

  3. I'd say that's above and beyond tour managine duties, go Liz!

    Being the non women's soccer (or non-sports) fan in general) that I am, I barely knew any of these names when this was going on. But I admit, for the "love of Liz Brooks" and all things AR-related, I was happy to help. I'm glad it worked, and that you ladies are still reaping the benefits!

  4. If not for @LizBrooks, I never would have had a foursome with gold medal US softball pitcher, Jenny Finch. And I mean that in a golf outing sort've way.

  5. Kristen, good thing you clarified that, otherwise I'd say save it for the next book!

  6. I remember making the kids in my class sign up for extra credit. That probably wouldn't fly today :)

  7. I say it's time we all break out our "I hang out with Liz Brooks" tshirts and wear 'em to the next gig.Of course after we copy and paste above email and send it to everyone we know.

  8. i wanna make sure one ms. crackie gets all credit due for making my dream a reality... and of course all of you who were nice enough to "learn to support the us womens soccer team".... i love you all for it.. well, and for everything else too... xoxo