Lyn’s Love Song to Redding (or, Goodbye Sizzle, Hello Drizzle!)

It’s going to be Redding’s misfortune to lose the dynamic couple pictured above. Portland, meanwhile, stands to benefit immensely.

Lyn and Jesse Rosten are blowing this Popsicle stand for points further north, and woe are we. Most folks in these parts are familiar with Jesse as a film wunderkind, the brilliant mind behind such classics as “The Cart,” those hilarious Rolling Hills Casino commercials, and the video spoof on Adobe Photoshop he concocted on a whim that immediately went viral (and yes, I’m still a little miffed that you went with someone else for the voice-over, Jesse).

Fotoshop by Adobé from Jesse Rosten on Vimeo.

While Redding is going to sorely miss having the talented creative abilities of Mr. Rosten, I’m gonna play favorites for a moment and just come clean with you all…I’m going to miss the Mrs. even more.

Lyn Rosten has been the house manager at the Cascade Theatre for several years, and she is leaving behind some size 14EEE shoes to fill. She’s amazingly organized, whip smart, never in a bad mood. She keeps the place running smoothly during the craziest shows when the theatre is overflowing, the egos are overboosted and tempers and temperatures are elevated. Not her though….cool as a cucumber. And her personality is so endearing that everyone just loves her. The performers love her (there was that one time she talked Garrison Keillor into creating a new voicemail message for her on her cell phone…I could not believe it!), the staff loves her, the other volunteers love her and the patrons love her. Am I leaving anyone out? Stella, her adorable Boston terrier, loves her the mostest.

And Lyn, I suppose if you ever apply for another housemanagerish job, you could just use this column as a reference.

So a few weeks back, Lyn and I were talking about Mistress of the Mix, and how she too likes to put together ‘mixtapes’ (in quotes because nobody but nobody, except perhaps the ubercoolest retro hipsters would make an actual cassette tape these days) of music on a theme, and I suggested that she do a guest mix here. Her goodbye-to-Redding, hello-Portland mix. Her last love song to Shasta County as she straps the last box onto the jalopy and heads north.

And she said yes.

About Redding, Lyn says “Redding was my Beginning. It’s where I learned who I was, but alsdo who I ultimately and intentionally want to be. I learned what was important to me, what I wanted in friendships and (hopefully) how to be that to people. I learned I really like riding on 2 wheels: mountain biking, rod cycling and now motorcycling.”

About the playlist below, Lyn says her Farewell to Redding playlist isn’t exactly sequential, “though it starts with the beginning of The Beginning” (Pounding – their wedding recessional) and then follows a “very loose timeline wherein I weave songs that remind me of, and therefore represent relationships, travel (Empire State of Mind), hobbies (All These Things, Fidelity & Wake Up), work (The District Sleeps Alone – USFWS; Africa – The Cascade Theatre; Window & Building Houses – Jesse Rosten Productions) and even specific people (Big Country & Far Far). ”

For Lyn, just as for me, each and every song in the below playlist is very personal. But, she says they are “really good songs that, I think, make up a pretty kick-ass playlist. Ciao and Love to Redding! We leave with great times behind us and look forward to great things ahead.”

Lyn by Valerie Ing-Miller on Grooveshark

  1. Doves – Pounding
  2. Alexi Murdoch – All My Days
  3. The Album Leaf – Window
  4. The Postal Service – The District Sleeps Tonight
  5. Coldplay – Viva La Vida
  6. The Killers – All These Things That I’ve Done
  7. Regina Spektor – Fidelity
  8. Arcade Fire – Wake Up
  9. Bela Fleck & The Flecktones – Big Country
  10. Straight No Chaser – Africa
  11. The Ting Tings – That’s Not My Name
  12. Jay-Z – Empire State of Mind
  13. Wesley Jensen – Building Houses
  14. Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson – Winter Song
  15. Yael Naim – Far Far
  16. DeVotchKa – How It Ends
  17. Sigur Ros – Glosoli
And finally, since you’ve made it this far, here’s an extra special bonus treat: Jesse’s film “Cart.” You’ll recognize several Redding locales, and bonus points if you spy one of my BFFs, an uncredited cameo by one of the select handful of muses responsible for inspiring my journey into online music journalism.

Cart – The Film from Jesse Rosten on Vimeo.

Valerie Ing-Miller has been the Northern California Program Coordinator for Jefferson Public Radio in Redding for nine years and can often be found serving as Mistress of Ceremonies at the Cascade Theatre. For her, ultimate satisfaction comes from a perfect segue. She’s the mother of a teenage daughter and a 7-year-old West Highland Terrier, and can’t imagine life without them or music. Valerie wakes up with a song in her head, she sings in the shower and at the top of her lungs in the car.
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Valerie Ing
Valerie Ing has been the Northern California Program Coordinator for Jefferson Public Radio in Redding for 14 years and can often be found serving as Mistress of Ceremonies at the Cascade Theatre. For her, ultimate satisfaction comes from a perfect segue. She and her husband are parents to a couple of college students and a pair of West Highland Terriers, and Valerie can’t imagine life without them or music. The Mistress of the Mix wakes up every day with a song in her head, she sings in the shower and at the top of her lungs in the car.
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14 Responses

  1. Avatar AJ says:

    I HATE IT WHEN WE LOSE PEOPLE FROM OUR ARTISTIC COMMUNITY!!! (like James Santos and Hawkman Studio and numeroous others) Oh, I know all the platitudes about moving on, growing, not becoming stagnant, etc., etc., etc. but I don't have to like it and nobody's gonna make me!!

    But I will wish the Rosten's a grudging God's speed. . . and please remember Redding as the town with it's boots planted firmly in the corral and it's head decorated with sequins and cuilture.

  2. Avatar Ginny says:

    Sad to see talent leave Redding.

    Cart – The Film was excellent.

    Thanks to Donie for having this site for this site where so much is enjoyed. Thanks to Valerie for writing the article. And, thanks, but not the least is to Jessie Rosten for his video!

  3. Avatar Al Knowing says:

    Cart reminded me of an old favorite wordless classic, "The Red Balloon." Thanks for the nice diversion.

  4. Avatar pmarshall says:

    Tough to lose friends. Also, people who are so talented. But I'm sure we have a few left. I hope they enjoy rain. But Portland is a beautiful city.

    • Portland also has organized naked bike rides (in spite of the rain), and lots of really amazing foot friendly shopping districts filled with locally owned shops and restaurants. It's what I'd like to see more of in Redding…not necessarily the naked bike rides, just the shopping districts!!!

  5. Avatar Joanne Lobeski Snyde says:

    Good luck to Lyn and Jesse! What a a wonderful article about these extraordinary people. They have to see where their vision and passion will lead them.

  6. Avatar Pablo Korona says:

    I'll miss hearing about your theatrical adventures and celebrity moments… but the end of one act brings on another.

  7. Very talented couple! Best of luck up north in larger and greener pastures! Come back and visit when you need some Sun!

  8. Avatar Sally says:

    I will NEVER forget "Cart". We could vote for our favorite and there was no doubt it would win The People's Choice"! I saw it at the session it was presented and then again when awards were announced. A work of genius! Good luck on your new chapter of life.

  9. Avatar Melissa Buciak says:

    Beth Doolittle at Holiday in the check out line!

  10. The Lascelles will miss the Rostens and Dubbos even says "BEST OF LUCK in PORTLAND!" Wishing Lyn and Jesse many great chapters ahead! What a wonderful tribute to them, Valerie!