An Important Life Lesson from Fortunate Youth

Fortunate Youth Album 2017

I remember standing with Jordan Rosenthal, Fortunate Youth’s drummer, at the California Roots Festival a few years ago.

“How’s it going?” I asked him.

“Great man!” he replied with his naturally upbeat attitude and larger than life smile. “Just passing out promo stuff – we keep slowly growing, and I know if I meet enough people and help get the word out big things will happen – all part of the dream, right?”

Jordan’s plan worked. Fortunate Youth is making amazing things happen.

It’s a beautiful thing seeing people you love make their dreams come true. That’s what I see when I watch Fortunate Youth grow every year. They’ve shared the stage with so many huge bands at this point it’s tough to count… everyone from The Flaming Lips at Bonnaroo to a national tour with Slightly Stoopid last year.

There are a lot of people who are going to write about how Fortunate Youth is releasing a new album tonight, or going on a huge nationwide tour with the insanely talented Josh Heinrichs & Skillinjah with For Peace Band, Cas Haley, and Iya Terra this spring, and that’s really great. But I already know the album and music will speak for themselves.

This post is about putting something good out into the world, as Fortunate Youth does so well with their music and message. This post is meant to be shared with people you love, because Fortunate Youth, at the end of the day, is made of genuinely good individuals who want to share the love.

I’m sure you’ll find plenty of articles, real and fake, that will get your blood boiling today. Take it easy. Grab a beer. Talk to a friend. Listen to some music. There’s a part of life reserved for serious things, and there’s a part for enjoying the moment and appreciating what we have.

Dan Kelly of Fortunate Youth
Photo By: Josh Coffman

Every time I see the guys it’s a blast. Last time I was at the Fortunate Youth house with the notorious Jeff Pliskin of Raised Fist Propaganda, they cooked us an amazing dinner, and proceeded to jam some funky reggae on the keyboards in the garage while laughing loudly over beers. Why? Because that’s who they are.

Do yourself a favor and buy the new album tonight at midnight, see them rock the One Love Festival in Long Beach this weekend, and catch them on their nationwide FlavRX sponsored tour this spring!

Oh yeah, and share this post to put some good vibes out there into the world, your karma and friends’ news feeds
will thank you :)

Much love Fortunate Youth, here’s to big things!

Sincerely,
Brendan and the Hill Kid Fam

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