One of the unexpected highlights of volunteering to work the Skepchick parties at SkepchickCON (or as some weirdos insist on calling it, CONvergence) was meeting Jeremy Messersmith, a local musician who is a rising star beyond Minnesota. NPR named his album The Reluctant Graveyard one of the Top 10 Albums of 2010, and Paste Magazine named Tatooine one of the Best 25 Music Videos of 2010. If the title of that song didn’t give it away already, the lyrics and video reveal that there’s something different, something special, about Jeremy. He’s a total nerd.
Messersmith further reveals his geekery in a couple of recent articles for vita.mn, Jeremey Messersmith: The Dungeon Master and NERD Q & A: Jeremy Messersmith, Musician/Dungeon Master.
When I met Messersmith, he was wearing a Rebel Alliance pilot costume, much like the one in the accompanying photos, but with the addition of a very impressive helmet. Wish I had a photo of that! I had become familiar with Messersmith’s music within the past year, via an episode of the local PBS show mn original. I was immediately intrigued by his musical sophistication and unusual, thoughtful lyrical themes. I became unreasonably excited when Jeremy walked through the Skepchick party door. One of my favorite musicians was also a sci-fi nerd! I pounced. He seemed to want to talk about skepticism, but, having been a one-time music major, all I wanted to talk about was music. The next morning, I wondered if my sleep-deprived, inebriated ramblings had made any sense at all. If not, Jeremy never let on, perfectly gracious.
Turns out this wasn’t the first time Jeremy had attended CONvergence and the Skepchick parties. Here are some of his observations from 2010:
For a group of people dressed as comic book superheroes, there is a strong emphasis on reason and skepticism. Later that evening, I downed a concoction of tang and vodka at the Skepchicks party room. With test tubes raised high, we saluted with a toast appropriate to the occasion- “To science!”
Messersmith went further, sharing his opinions about skepticism and related issues, in these tweets during this year’s CONvergence:
@rebeccawatson Elevatorgate reminds me of the time a strange girl hit the emergency stop and tried dancing with me. Still creeps me out.
Way to sacrifice for science, Jeremy. Proud to have you.