Over the past 7 years, I have been slowly creating this album of music. It has drawn from experiences I have had falling in love, becoming a mother in a time of climate catastrophe, and finally deeply melding my passion for caring for humanity through directly engaging communities I had known as an artist by responding to invitations to accompany them as a physician. This led me to the frontlines accompanying people on hunger strike, protesting police violence in San Francisco. It took me to Standing Rock, where thousands of indigenous people were standing against a petroleum pipeline crossing their source of drinking water. It has taken me on a massive journey to examine this question--what is the calling of healers today, as we sit at the edge of an unstable climate. What is required of all of us now, for the sake of future generations?
For me, the calling is to understand the roots of what ails us so we can move forward in beauty and love. To focus our unflinching attention on the places that are hurting and to transform these places through radical actions of kindness, rich imagination and deep understanding. This music is a part of that awakening. I asked my dear friend and master muralist Mona Caron, who did the artwork for our first album, to create something special with me for this album. I wanted each song to be accompanied by a seed. I wanted to release seeds, instead of more plastic that would end up in a landfill or in a whale's stomach. So I asked her if she would create the artwork around 12 seed packets for 12 songs. She did not only that but created a stunning visual vocabulary for this music. Through the seeds, I wanted you my audience to be invited back into the magic of connecting with seeds, these incredible origins of life that have all the information needed for life in their tiny sleeping bodies. I asked my dear partner and organic farmer Benjamin Fahrer to help me source the seeds--from our own garden, from the gardens of indigenous seed keeper and story-keeper Rowen White, from the garden of organic farmer Don Tipping.
Over the space of 7 years, the band went into the studio and recorded this powerful collection of songs. I went up to British Columbia at the invitation of Ojibwe elder Sharon Brass, to reimagine one of my songs she wanted to "indigenize" to use her expression, for a movie she was making. I worked with 7 powerful First Nations women from tribes across the north to reimagine the song. The Water Song is one of the most magical pieces I have ever been involved in making. I worked with my incredible friend and radical performance artist Guillermo Gomez Peña to craft a Declaration of Human Rights for the Other San Francisco to document the changes that we have been witnessing here and to insist upon the dignity and rights of all on this earth. The album features the band together with special guests Todd Sickafoose, Andrew Border, Karen Stackpole and more. It was expertly mixed by Damion Gallegos (The Coup, Fungo Mungo) in Oakland and mastered by the legendary Howie Weinberg in LA. It sounds amazing, and we have covered all of the recording and production expenses.
What we need now is funding to support the launching of the album--to create these hand-crafted seed packets and pay all the others who have supported the fruition of this vision, from Mona Caron and her beautiful work, to the seed keepers, to website developer, the PR teams on 3 continents and our videographer Zen Cohen who has created the title track video which will be launched April 1st.
As I delve deeper into my work as an artist and healer, I am understanding that it is not just what I do, but how I do it that matters. Your support over years has allowed me to develop in a way where the how resonates with the what I am communicating. I am so grateful for the years of support for this work And I am grateful to you for helping us launch this album in the best possible way!
Risks and challenges
Being an artist is like tapping into the magic of seeds--the belief that something beautiful and life-sustaining can start from something so small. It is a challenge every time I enter the studio to ensure I can record the music I create at the level of quality I love and to invite other artists to follow me into these crazy paths that offer no direct financial renumeration. I am so grateful that they activate to the muse with me because they feel the importance of what we are creating together to help elevate the perspective of humanity a little bit in these challenging times. And we need your support to keep the good things coming. THANK YOU!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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