A thousand barriers, a thousand walls: religion, politics, race, gender, wealth, poverty. What is found is often a silent declaration of war against humanity in the form of misunderstanding and unmet expectations. Everyone states a desire for unity, but only in the expression of uniformity. If you are not with me, then you are against me has become the power phrase, the statement of villainization and victimization. A million lies we tell ourselves…that it is not us, but the others, that do not conform to our idealistic vision of unity.
And yet music defies the notion that one must be the same to be equal. Music is not homogenous. Congruency of its definition is not based on parallel expressions. It is a language of many dialects. From opera to heavy metal, rap to classical, jazz to country or soul; they are noncomparative yet equally revered as works of art. Perhaps one is more favored by a culture, a gender, a race...but most often, is it climatic to individual’s sense of meaning and identity.
So, it is with music that I choose to speak. To speak out loud my desire for unity without uniformity and to make connections across barriers. Pain, love, joy, anger, hatred and loss are all universal concepts that can be expressed in a multitude of ways. And music is articulation of people’s emotions, thoughts, and feelings unadulterated by a need for conformity, congruency, and monotony.
‘We Are the People’ is the first song that I wrote for my next album. It had been my passion project after my first album, Liars, debuted. When I realized what a significant impact it had on individuals suffering from abuse, depression, suicide and their struggle to recovery, I decided to delve deeper into societal pain, the suffering that separation and division brings. It started with writing the very first line “so, this is hell” and ended with a triumphant “we are the people and we are better than this”.
And now I want to continue my mission to use music as the language of inspiration, a voice of hope in times of adversity and times of victory. Whether the battle be with oneself or with the world, music can find its way through a thousand walls. And my hope is that it finds its way to you.
My team and I are currently looking for sponsors and contributors who would be willing to help us reach our goals. The last album I recorded totaled an estimated $10,000 of my own person funds over the course of two years. I estimate that this second project will require the same, if not more, considering that I have already contributed the finances to two of the ten songs listed for release on the album and recording/producing budgets have increased. The costs associated include recording studio fees, grand piano rentals, instrumentalist support, photography and registration/production fees. Corporate sponsors will be credited for their participation and private donators of greater than $50.00 will receive a signed copy of the CD after production.
Donate at www.gofundme.com/stevielynesings
I cannot express my gratitude enough for your support, monetary and otherwise. Thank you, lovelies, for being my inspiration and my motivation.
Project Participants for 2018 Album
Amplified Wax Recording Studio & Design
James Hill, Mandy Hill
Gonzaga’s Big Bing Theory Choir and Guests
Nicholas Braukmann, Antonia Partusch, Cole Fiscus, Florence Antigo Okot, Frances Minigan, Joseph Underwood, Laura Burton, Maxwell Cook, Melissa Davies, Nicholas Chambers
Sean Alexander Lamont
Alyssa Nichole Prime, Andre Montgomery, Quindrey Davis, Nathan James Komp, Barry William Starkey, Thomas W Gannt II, Bennet Carnahan
Purchase music online at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/stevielynne4