It was gonna be my graduation party from high school. But then she could [only] do it in July, so it was just a normal backyard bash. My parents were here. She came here about 4:30. And then we hung out and talked and swam. I knew she liked hummus and pita bread, so we had to go somewhere special to get that. And she enjoys her wine, so we had wine. Well, she had wine. Her manager brought her piano to the backyard underneath the lamppost. And she played for like an hour. We got to hear the album before anyone else. Then we sat around a campfire. I couldn’t even think straight when she was near me. We were lying in the grass together, and then one of my friends was like, ‘Can you sign my phone?’ So she was on my stomach, like, signing people’s phones. And I was, like, lying there shaking. It was amazing.
—Weston Verdegaal, age 19, on the time he backed Amanda Palmer’s project, and then she played his parents’s backyard, via NY Magazine