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It is a huge compliment when a musician declares an interest in a future collaboration with another musician after he has heard less than one entire track from the new musician, but that is what happened for Meghan Jenkins last week when Azar King heard the first track off her new EDM album, Panda’s Dance Party.
Like many creative artists and performers in this past year, King has built a platform for himself—and others, which is important and also rather moving—on social media. He appears nightly on his Instagram account with live diaries, rap recitations, and open mics.
Meghan writes that she found King’s Instagram live open mic one night because a performer that she follows was a guest, and she thought, “Whoa, good vibes here.” She sent him a message that she has a new album out that he might like, and when he started to play it on his show, “I poked Panda” (Meghan’s best friend, collaborator on many projects, and inspiration for many others), “and I asked her, ‘What do you think?’ and she said she’ll go on but she’s not dressed for it. I said fine and she went on anyway.”
Responses written on King’s livestream started out with questions about a panda on the show, shifted to interest about Meghan’s music, and then moved to enthusiasm for Meghan’s work. King started to freestyle to her music, and a spontaneous online party followed.
Perhaps there will be a future collaboration, words and music, between Azar King and Meghan Jenkins. No matter what, two artists who did not know of the other’s existence until last week met online, shared work, encouraged each other to keep growing. There is no sweeter moment to be able to witness. This year presented us all with challenges and real-world scarcity; moments like the one between writers and artists like Meghan and Azar King show us that we all can create solutions and build connections in all circumstances. That’s a great gift the two gave each other.
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Purchase, download, and stream Meghan’s album, Panda’s Dance Party. A sampler from Spotify:
Mark Aldrich is a journalist and award-winning humor columnist whose website is TheGadAboutTown.com. He is a writer/performer with the Magnificent Glass Pelican radio comedy improv group, now in its thirtieth season:
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Meghan Jenkins is an actor, comedian, radio personality, musician, model, brand ambassador for Pineapple Clothing, and author of the forthcoming book, The Adventures of Pizza Alien.
She is currently the host of the live comedy improv show The The Ding Wrong Show, recorded on Zoom and seen on YouTube:
Meghan released Panda’s Dance Party, her debut album, in December 2020. It is now available to purchase, download, and stream on every music platform: Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes Store, Amazon Music, deezer, Tidal, Pandora, Juno Download.
A social media influencer, in the spring of 2020 her photos of life in quarantine led to an invitation from Maxim magazine to participate in a cover model contest for which readers could submit votes. Her grassroots campaign against professional models brought her to a third-place finish.
In 2018-’19, she was one of the on-air personalities on The Ding Dong Show, recorded each week live with an audience at The World Famous Comedy Store in Hollywood, California.
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