For those of us who have survived sexual assault, harassment, domestic violence, and/or intimate partner violence, the #metoo movement has been both beautiful and horrifying. The great thing about thinking you might be one of a few can help you see the world as a safer place. But we know the statistics. And now we read the stories. And we are validated at last-- what we have seen and others have ignored for decades. We know our personal stories intersect with so many other stories. But the world seems less safe. That can be frightening at worst, uncomfortable at best.
Despite the discomfort, it is a beautiful time. It can be a time for change. There is hope. Its time to speak out and break silence. We can be allies for each other.
Americana Music is not about one race or gender. It should and can reflect our diversity of experience, of culture, and points of view. It can advocate for change- even if the industry may not prefer these kinds of songs. You decide. Join the conversation on Facebook: Americana Radio Show. We would be honored to hear your stories.
This show I invited four DC area/Northeast Regional Songwriters to talk about their experience: Crys Matthews, Lilith Mariana, Teporah, and Jacqueline Pie Francis. As women, as musicians, we share music about gender, body image, immigration, intimate partner violence, domestic violence, and sexual assault.
Part two will follow next week.
We are so grateful you listen!