I have been hugely inspired recently by the power of music, song and dance to connect and unify people as we rise up and stand for life in these pivotal times we are living in. For many years I've shared my lyrical gift in various circles and have seen how it touches and inspires people. But since being involved on the front lines of the climate change movement I have had a real wake up call to actually how important it is for me to stand up and play my part, using the gifts I’ve been given.
As I move forward to create an album this is a very big step for me as it will involve taking what comes through in my freestyles and writing, learning and rehearsing lyrics and then recording them without an audience to be in a feedback loop with. I am inspired to do this as I feel that having audio versions of my recording that can be played anywhere at any time without me being present will allow this medicine to spread further and serve more people.
Right now I feel a sense of urgency as we face individually and collectively a huge cultural rite of passage as we move willingly or unwillingly from one paradigm and way of life to another. My feeling is that this is exactly what my gift is for and is part of my life purpose. It seems that my life has been a series of initiations that have been laying a foundation for me to serve this collective initiation. As have witnessed, supported and grieved both my parents’ journey with terminal illness and their deaths over the past 18 years and it is clear to me that what we are living in our world is much the same. One of biggest challenges has been the sense of helplessness, and finally it seems I have found a way to put my gifts to use and help.
After being in London for a week standing for life on Waterloo bridge, something has shifted inside of me. I was seriously anxious about my time in London and on the bridge my faith in humanity and realisation of the power of creativity and community was restored and taken way beyond the level of importance that I had given it. I experienced more stress and tension than in many years of life in one week and I also experience the most joy I have possibly ever felt. Whatever the outcome of this time, to witness the beauty and magnificence of what it is to be human alive and well on the streets in the face of arrest and the collapsing climate and systems around us is a gift, one what may seed the way forward or just be a celebration of all that has been.
Here is the breakdown of the different aspects of the album that I am raising money for:
£3000 - The production of tracks.
£3000 - Recording lyrics.
£3000 - Mastering tracks.
That leaves £1000 of which £400 will be for the crowdfunder site fees and £290 for the transfer fees, leaving £310 that I will spend on promotion.
My aim is to make 12 tracks but if my budget does more or less then that will dictate the final amount of tracks. What I have noticed with other people I know who have made albums is that they have vastly underestimated the cost and time needed to complete the project. So, I have set my goal as a much of a realistic target as possible based on the information I have available.
I plan to release one track at a time rather than waiting years for the album to be complete to release anything. In this way I hope that my music can be of best service to the world as it is now and as it evolves over the coming years. Much as in the nature of freestyle I wish to be able to adapt to and focus on the most important issues as they arise and I have no idea what they will be in the coming years.
I do not plan to produce my album as a CD as they are non-biodegradable and non-essential for sharing my music. This is one of the reasons I've chosen to use this crowdfunding platform as I don't have to offer people products or services as perks. Each person who donates will of course receive the music as it is released and those who make large donations are welcome to be in conversation with me as to how they can be included in the project to best serve life.