Sometimes the only way to deal with the madness in the world is to focus on doing what you can to create a different reality.
I'm trying hard to be the best person I can be by living in a good way --- in harmony with the earth as much as possible, being good to the people I love and to my heart, which once was deeply broken but is now healed and rising up from the ashes.
This past week in L.A. has been an exciting journey filled with inspiration and insight from the ASCAP Expo, which featured panels and performances with some of the greatest songwriters in the music industry. If you've never heard of it, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers advocates for songwriters rights (among other crucial things to help musicians thrive) and has been a mainstay for over 100 years. It's an amazing community to be part of and I'm grateful I had the chance to attend the Expo for my second time this year.
The highlight was definitely watching ASCAP President Paul Williams @paulielama2 present Stevie Wonder with the first ever "Key of Life" award, and hearing him speak with @janellemonae about the power of music and the need for artists to be true to their deepest form of expression and speak/sing out against the injustices we experience every day. It was extremely powerful to hear the story firsthand behind Stevie's involvement in getting Martin Luther King, Jr. Day instated as a national holiday. It began with a dream where he was marching on the front lines of a massive Civil Rights protest singing, "Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday." Stevie's song cemented the initiative and now people all over the world celebrate Dr. King's legacy because Mr. Wonder insisted on speaking his truth and getting "political." Like he said, we need more love and less fear in the voices of artists and songwriters.
Anyhow, if you've read this far...thanks for staying with me. I hope my words have encouraged you and given you some food for thought. And whether you are an artist or not, it's always a good idea to speak your truth to power.