New song, new video on my Youtube channel. Watch and let me know what you think! just spent the whole weekend writing and demoing a song, with the prompt to write about the complex. subject of poverty. I also vowed to put out a youtube video while in Calgary, so mission accomplished. Check out my demo for "RELY" on Youtube for the #MyUWVoice challenge.
Being a first generation Canadian, both of my parents coming to Canada by way of the Caribbean, I am conscious of the fact that for only generation ago the description of my family's state would be this: living with the chickens, eating porridge every day if they were lucky, and teachers in school concerned for their health, needing government assistance to eat, and living with siblings and parents all in one room. I live in the inner city, and have a personal connection to someone who works with housing initiatives in rural Alberta. I wrote my song with the knowledge of the complicated nature of poverty. There are the invisible poor (eg. working poor, couch surfers because of unsafe living conditions at home and no financial independence, vulnerable LGBTQ+ youth and domestic abuse survivors). There are people on the streets with mental health issues, undiagnosed. There are resources to help the poor and the homeless, but the system is pushed to its limits. As an independent artist with my own mental health issues, I am hyper aware of the fact that I am so blessed to have enough to eat and have a roof over my head. Even with scrimping and saving, in an unstable economy or because of unexpected bills or health circumstances, it's easy for people to lose their security net.
I wrote "Rely" with the intention of scratching the surface of communicating the complex and urgent nature of poverty, from a first person perspective: someone who is in need of reliable support, and a system of people that treats them with dignity and respect, understanding their unique needs. There's much more to be said, and I'm inspired to learn more.
Salir de la zona de confort o conformismo, y comenzar un camino hacia la evolución, el crecimiento y expansión no es tarea fácil, pero cuando das los primeros pasos, y comiences a notar mejoras te preguntarás el porqué no lo hiciste desde mucho antes.
La zona de crecimiento, más que un estado es un estilo de vida, que cada día nos retará, empujada a mejorar y a lograr todo por lo que hemos pensado y trabajado tanto. ...
Today’s Red Nose Day in the US. It is the fifth annual, I didn’t know what Red Nose was so Milly, Cole and I checked if out.. Did you know that 1 in 5 children in the US alone live in poverty?
Red Nose Day is a campaign to end child poverty one nose at a time. The Red Nose Day site reads, “Through the power of entertainment, Red Nose Day raises money and awareness to keep children who need our help the most stay safe, healthy and educated in America and around the world.” #RedNoseDay#bernedoodles#InspirePuppyTales#bernedoodlesofinstagram#bernedoodles#endPoverty ...