I cant believe the time has flown by like this. it feels like it was just yesterday that I was moving in to this little studio with dreams and ambitions ahead of me. The hustle and bustle on Amsterdam Avenue never stopped no matter what time of day it was, and I remember it took me a few weeks to get used to non-stop noise & sirens outside all 4 windows of mine, But now I find when its silent I cant sleep. New York is my lullaby, and for the past 2 and1/2 years 74th and Amsterdam Apartment 1A has been my home…
just like my life, this room has changed a lot. when I first moved in here I had placed my bed diagonally between the 2 walls facing the city streets towards the right side of the apartment. I fell in love during that time. And then before I knew it I moved my bed to the other side of the wall (the left hand side of the room) and then eventually the bed ended up on the opposite wall in the middle of the room, making it the center piece. For the past 7 months, I have woken up in the morning facing 72nd street, with the sun peeking through my blood red curtains and looking out at the apple bank and the 72nd st subway station.
The west side has been my home for the past 4 years. It has treated me so well, and has shaped me into the woman I am now. I’ve laughed here, sobbed here, loved here, failed here and reached amazing goals here. I wrote the first 5 songs on my up-coming album in this very apartment and I will never forget those moments. I’ve been cold here, and I’ve felt warmth here. 169 west 74th was my first real home away from home. It’s where I experienced my first few years living on my own in my city of dreams. Its where friendships were gained and lost. where love was given and taken. where I lived my life, day in and day out. Being able to live near the Met, the Museum of Natural History, some of the most famous places known here, it has made such a huge impact on me. Going forward I know I am a changed woman and I have learned SO much living and be a part of this atmosphere.
Its bittersweet to say goodbye. I know moving is a must for me to continue to grow and learn and experience. I’ve felt stuck here for a really long time, and certain memories still linger here that I know need to die. But I will miss this space, the sounds, the lights, my fierce…still-kickin’ late 80 year old super, Alan…. the smell of Levain cookies in the bakery beneath me, smoothies at 5 am, Cafe 71, the little deli under me that runs all night long with my favorite yogurt and ice cream, Gigi cafe down the street and all the shopping (well actually Its probably for the best that I’m moving away from Urban Outfitters and American Apparel LOL), watching the red carpet for the Tony Awards outside my window, being next to the Beacon Theater and really just living in the perfect location. I’ll miss the buildings that surround me everyday with such unique structure….I’ll just miss everything. Its hard to say goodbye to something you love and know so well. (And can I just say, 1A thank you SO much for keeping the cockroaches out. 2 and 1/2 years and I’ve only seen 1 water-bug and 2 centipedes. THANKYOU<3ILOVEYOU)
Everything happens for a reason, and if it weren’t for me finding this place to move into after graduating AMDA in 2010 I wouldn’t have become the artist I am today. This album is going to have every memory from this place in it. And all the trials and accomplishments I’ve gone through and done here. My life as Sarah Madison truly started here…and the good thing is it wont be ending here. I’m so thankful I’ve been given the chance to live in this place. I remember when I first moved in I found out a broadway dancer from years ago once lived here for quite a while. A starving artist, a woman also going for her dreams in this business and who found her place. I know I will do the same, and I am honored to be on the list of great people who have been able to be apart of this building. This little brownstone has changed me, forever. Thank you Yassky properties :)
As I stare out of my window facing Broadway and looking at the Ansonia building… I realize it will be one of the last times I’ll ever look out at this exact view. Over-looking the street, the people, Josie’s restaurant… And I realize as one window closes another always opens. 74th & Amsterdam, Apartment 1A…. I won’t forget you. Sarah Madison is forever yours, thank you for 2&1/2 amazing years filled with laughter love tears disappointment and everything in between. #upperwestside this isn’t goodbye, just see ya later.