The Deep End: Get to Know VUCA & Amanda Huff

VUCA explores temptation and tragedy; beauty and collaboration; loss and empathy.

A deep dive into temptation, addiction, loss, hope and love with Keller Fitzsimmons, Amanda Huff and Steve Peplin of VUCA, who are performing virtually via Rock the Stream to benefit Meta House on Thursday, October 1 @ 7:30 PM available on RTG's Facebook, YouTube & Twitter.

VUCA. 


The word itself seems enigmatic as if it were culled from one of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Elven languages. And there is a mystery to be revealed here. A strange, elaborate puzzle. 


A narrative sprung to life through music: an epic, enchanted riddle set to beautiful, eerie music and powerful, magical vocals.


Told by a collaboration of musicians and artists, writers and entrepreneurs, filmmakers and producers.


And the story that is unfolding is one of deep pain and longing, of terrible loss and uncertainty. Yet the purpose of this narrative is an attempt to combat an important, all-too-real, all-too-prevalent American problem: Addiction. 


The proceeds of VUCA’s Rock the Stream performance this Thursday will go to Meta House, the mission of which is to help end the generational cycle of addiction by healing women and strengthening families. Meta House has been serving women with substance abuse issues since 1973 and is one of the first residential treatment facilities in the United States tailored for women.

“VUCA and Meta House are very personal to me,” Fitzsimmons explained during our Zoom Meeting, adding, “My mom and sister died within six months of each other of addiction-related causes.” The twin losses of her mother and sister to the illness of addiction took a great toll on her. Fitzsimmons, understandably in distress because of this trauma, lost the ability for a time to concentrate. 


“Suddenly I couldn’t work,” Fitzsimmons explained. An executive, who had created and run numerous startup companies, was frightened. She’d always worked hard her whole life. She panicked, thinking, “Who am I if I can’t work?”


But music saved her in two ways. First, she found a creative outlet she’d never had before that soothed her and helped her focus. At first, it was just humming or singing the phrases of songs she’d invented. Then she began writing songs and playing music.


Second, as the pandemic took hold, she began to realize that musicians and artists were hard hit because they literally were unable to perform their work in public. 


“I realized that musicians can’t work at all right now. ‘Who are they if they cannot work?’I thought. I wanted to create something sustainable for musicians. Some type of support for artists.”

And so, the entrepreneur and author became a music producer.


“I began to help with Rock the Stream, and I started writing. And then I wanted to collaborate with beautiful brains. And so, I found people with beautiful brains, as Amanda has.”