A squad of swattys and @jrosedrums lighting up the positivity beacon. This one goes out to all the buddies who have really been going through it. Taking care of mental health is a revolutionary act. We’re in this together. 💖✨
Love you all. Sincerely hope this helps. Remember to only engage if you have the patience and emotional fortitude. More revealing conversations take place in dms anyway. Please keep looking out for each other and practicing a broad empathic response, oppositional dynamics aren’t really super helpful unless we’re punching up. 💖 hope to see you soon -Steve
Still unclear on what Juneteenth is all about? Let @oldchapcharity explain.
🏳️🌈 The Supreme Court reached the only acceptable conclusion: employers cannot fire a person for being trans or queer. This doesn’t like EXPAND current civil rights to protect more people, it simply recognizes that the law passed in 1964 in fact does apply to our LBGTA+ community. Certain close-minded people STILL believe it’s perfectly okay to discriminate based on a human being’s sexual orientation or gender status. Stand up to them and help them understand why they’re on the wrong side of history. The close-minded person’s religion shouldn’t be an impediment to recognizing the essential humanity in all folx. “Job discrimination against gay and transgender workers is still legal in much of the nation. Some 29 states currently allow some form of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodation. Under the current administration many state legislatures have advanced bills that target the rights of transgender people in particular.”
no additional commentary needed. @zenchangeangel 💖
Morning, everyone. Today is a great day to continue to elevate the dialog. Let’s push ourselves to gain more sophistication so we can sustain this energy as we move towards real institutional change. Love you all. Follow @zenchangeangel
There is a link in my bio to a document of Anti-Racism Resources For White People. It’s just unacceptable to remain silent, even if you may think your white voice is clumsy or ignorant or unwelcome. You can start by educating yourself and listening to non-white voices talk about race. Instagram is full of ( @theconsciouskid @officialmillennialblack ) good tips on how to be an ally. I would try absorbing a bunch of that stuff and seeing what resonates, then if you feel compelled you could direct other people to those resources and invite them to do their own important work on confronting a lifetime of socialized racist bullshit and how we can help start to dismantle it without putting ourselves at the center of the narrative. Let’s amplify black voices. Black Lives Matter. I grew up so unimaginably privileged. We can all do so much better.
First time I met Louis Cato may have been 2011 at Bear Creek Music Fest. Snarky Puppy was playing a daytime slot and then-drummer Robert “Sput” Searight had managed to miss his flight to Florida, leaving the band in quite a predicament. Louis quietly volunteered to drum for the set and proceeded to completely TEAR SHIT UP despite having never played the tunes. It was one of the most powerful displays of sheer musicality I had ever seen. Maybe only a few drummers on the planet could pull that off. Louis just also happens to be a world-class bassist/vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist and low brass player, and just an outstanding human being all around. Everyone should go follow @reallouiscato right away and go check his version of this Kool & The Gang classic. I just couldn’t resist putting some Swatty funk down on it! Headphones for Moog bass, duh.
it’s my born day and I created this musical thing with a felted piano and some moog bass and stuff. Moorea would like to say a few words. Hi everyone, this is Moorea. Stevie is the best, isn’t he? Love and joy personified. It would be really cool if you told him how much him and his music mean to you, and how’s he’s the best Stevie. Although he would argue this, given who his hero his... but this is just my opinion that happens be fact. Thank you for coming to my TED talk. This makes Stevie very uncomfortable, but that’s okay... cus we love him! photo by @cruzgraphicdesign art by @motorobot_creative
He pretty much invented rock and roll (along w/ Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Fats Domino ) and he wasn’t too shy to tell you about it. “I’m the originator of rock and roll and don’t you ever forget it! I was rockin and rollin’ before white boys even knew what that was! Beatles?! Rolling Stones?! Elvis?! They all learned about rock and roll from ME.” Thank you for being your true self, Richard. Made a helluva impression.
We’re In This Together. (needs headphones, really ) Look, shared reality is super weird. Let’s please continue to look out for each other in whatever ways we can. Sometimes grasping for hope or buoyancy of spirit can pull you scraping over the rocks of despair or worse, drop you in the pit of numbness and pessimism. Just wanted to extend a sonic dispatch to declare that love and compassion still persist in this world and they’re stronger than all that other malice and nonsense stuff combined. If we believe. If we root our actions in radical inclusiveness and empathy. When the final song from The Positive Agenda EP fades out, maybe this is the place where it goes. I love you all. Photo by @cruzgraphicdesign Animation by @motorobot_creative Music by yours truly
STAY YOUR ASS AT HOME! The legendary RVA drum bud @dustogram sent me a beat and asked me to summon the sauce. Included a non-talkbox version as well (2nd vid ) just in case somebody wants to slather on their own.