I am encouraged to see so many people standing up and becoming vocal after the vile murder of Lawrence King, a 15 year old murdered at a school mate for not fitting into the proscribed gender role. Homophobia/sexism killed this boy and ruined the murderer's life as well.A series of vigils have been planned around the country. Get ready to show love for this lost boy, and stand against hate. Otep has collected a list of upcoming events on her blog: STAND FOR SOMETHING - FALL FOR NOTHING!! Let your voice be heard.
A visionary speak:
I believe our performances are akin to the endeavors of the ancient Alchemists. Our goal is to take physical lead (the body & mind, flawed and inherited), and transform it into spiritual gold. Then, ultimately, generate and infect ourselves and our supporters with the great Panacea, the elixir of life, which holds the remedy for all life’s suppressions. In laymen’s terms, we believe words matter, music is holy, and art saves (Headbangers Blog).
If I could, I would quote her entire post. Their is salvation in art. Throughout the many things that I have gone through in my life, music and art have been my constant companions. Catharsis is absolutely necessary.
I have often envied musicians and painters for the power of their media to so easily connect two souls in a way that amazes me and astounds me. This is the difference between fandom and pop culture fans.
The emotional, near religious, experience that transforms people into devoted, life-long fans. We experience something that soothes a wound or that we identify with on such a deep level.
This is also the burden that anyone who considers themselves an artist has to bare. How can your art transcend the limits of words on paper, sound, or paint on canvas, and become something that is capable of carrying an unspeakable message from soul to soul. No one can plan this, it is a byproduct of listening to ones muses and riding the leopard without been eaten by it.
Otep has just released her video for the brilliant anti-war song, “Confrontation” from her brilliant album, The Ascension. The video blew me away. The voice of Otep, as a umpire walking through the city streets trying to wake up the people. The last few seconds gave me chills. The voice of the people must rise up, and speak out. See the video here.