Thursday, January 10, 2013

Great Minds Think Alike

Life sometimes throws you lemons so you make lemonade, the best way you know how.  

Let me explain..

Alcoholism has been one of the main contributing factors to the destruction of what some would call a "normal life" within my family.  I voted to break this chain, even as a young child.  

With the background understood, I quit drinking over a year ago willingly to help others around me see some "light" in their lives. I started attending an Al-Anon Program for my own support.  I became so much more aware of the hardships surrounding me, whether within my immediate circle, or in society in general.  

Over the course of the summer, I decided to play guitar and sing on the streets on my spare time to re-install a sense of community, arts and love.  All of this was done "case-closed" for the love of it.  My intentions were not to make money. I guess it would be considered an act of kindness in some ways. Many hugs were given and also received. Most of the time, I'd play on Friday and Saturday nights when people were making their way out to the bars.  I would usually bring an extra guitar, sometimes my djembe so others can also participate.  I was beginning to notice how people loved the concept. Some couldn't understand how I can do it all sober.  I say it's power of will and want,  for the love of music and to help others heal. 

So, with that said, I would love to extend the idea out to the world, and to see how we can create a project based around street music with no expectation of monetary returns.

Furthermore, it would be amazing to have musicians worldwide who believe in peace to play peaceful songs on Remembrance Day.  This year, I spent a lot of time in my hometown talking to veterans about their views on war then and now.  I have always felt that we cannot fight for peace, but we must be peaceful.  I hope that we can all join together and get something going to work for this cause.  I feel it's a beautiful concept.  

Please feel free to leave your comments below. 

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