Rather than going down the rabbit-hole of committing to concrete and often unrealistic resolutions for the new year, I’d like to begin 2018 by setting some intentions that offer a little more wiggle room. Speaking for myself, this means exploring the process and becoming less attached to outcomes or specific “goals”.
Here are a few that come to mind…
Look for ways to collaborate more. This can be through creative pursuits, volunteer work, and dialogue within and across communities.
Wellness… cooking more, exercise, meditation, and reducing stress.
Nurture friendships and look for opportunities to meet new people.
Spend time in nature.
Make more music and stay open to the many possibilities.
Wishing you all peace, good health, and creativity in the New Year!
A nice capture of me celebrating the love and union of some dear friends. The ceremony brought together a beautiful cross-section of community and was a sweet reminder of the transformative impact love can have in our lives. There is a lot of fear circling around out there motivating acts of hate, isolationism, and violence. But we have to remember that racism and fear of the “other” is learned.
Nelson Mandela put it best by saying, “People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
I believe if we act from a place of love, wounds can heal.
I have been a long-time fan and user of the Bandcamp platform. They have always advocated for progressive causes and finding ways of supporting the arts. This Friday, Bandcamp will be donating 100% of their sales to the Transgender Law Center. Please join me and the myriad artists – queer, trans, and beyond – to raise awareness and fight against transphobia. I will be donating 100% of my cut from sales as well.
I wrote this sketch the day after going to the San Francisco’s women’s march, one of many that took place alongside the Women’s March on Washington January 21, 2017. Thousands upon thousands of people spanning every generation, nationality, gender, sexuality, and class came together to march in solidarity for equality, unity, and love. It was the largest demonstration simultaneously exercised around the globe on a single day in history. The experience inspired a deep sense of hope that I had not felt for a long while. This music is an attempt at capturing that feeling as it lingered.
“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right” – Rosa Parks