So, this is either going to go really well or really badly…
I wrote “Shine” in early 2017 about the societal unrest that I was witnessing. Hate, brutality, corruption, discrimination, oppression. We say we are an advanced society, but in many ways we are not. Worst of all, I did not like seeing the fear in my friends’ eyes. It was my first year in college, and it certainly gave an interesting perspective of things. Thinking back 3 1/2 years ago, I don’t think I could have imagined all that has happened within the world.
This video was a spur of the moment thing to do, but once I committed to it, I was all in. Everything in this video is here for a reason. There is a purpose to almost every little detail. This is one of those videos you’ll need to watch several times to grasp everything. And I hope it sparks conversations. Legitimate conversations and dialogue. I set out to point out issues I’ve noticed throughout the years, and tried to present them through the use of symbolism and imagery.
We are all included in the global scheme of things. Our actions have consequences. Our absence has consequences. Our words have meaning. Our silence has meaning. For those of us in the United States right now, go out and vote. That is how a democracy should work- it should be the voice of the people. If you want to see change, the change starts with you. Do your duty as a citizen.
Lastly, I would like to point out that many cultures believe something similar:
“Treat others as you would yourself be treated.” — Hinduism
“What you yourself hate do to no man.” — Judaism
“Hurt not others with that which pains you.” — Buddhism
“Do unto all men as you would wish to have done.” — Islam
“Live in harmony, for we are all related.” — Lakota Proverb
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” — Christianity
Our experiences are unique, but emotions and our humanity are shared amongst all of us. Let your inner light shine through. This song, along with much more, will be available on “Away From Home,” releasing November 27th, 2020. Preorder will start October 23rd.