Social Media Activism is Dead.

Paul’s dead man, miss him

No matter what the issue the reality is the same. The first has to be that like the guy in Network said “you’re the reality, we’re the illusion.”

Hold my beer, buddy, cause you ain’t seen 2018.

Well here we are in 2019 and still preaching to our choirs so hard their ears are bleeding. Truth is you have met people who don’t share your views and you do actually like them.

As a musician I learned early how people get very tribal very fast in all kinds of things. When I got into Depeche Mode I was a traitor because it was us Classic Rock maintenance guys versus the grunge and generally new music crew at McDonald’s. No seriously, that was a thing. I crossed a line by liking People are People.

I find myself seeing the point on both sides. Truth is 2016 was such a bound to happen political hellscape for everyone that no matter if you were for him or her, the other one really (as they say in the UK) wound you up (got you going, got you ranting).

I have screamed at the walls about issues for utterly no reason. My girlfriend, the poor thing who doesn’t like political discourse at all is just like “calm down”.

Truth is absolutely no clever wording, campaign or meme will make up for her what is done. What do I mean. Ok, here I moronically probably go… Ughh…

My loved one is a First Nations coast Salish person who was of course effected by residential schools, the horrible reservation system, and everything else designed to exterminate her culture. She has endured from that more than she’ll ever say. She’s tough and quiet. But it’s things people say to her that make her sad. If someone stereotypes her, or makes fun of her that’s what counts.

That’s the thing, we can argue the details but not communicating is not who we are. Put a person and a wolf in a cage and guess who wins? We are not fighters, we are organizers. We work best as a group. And ripping each other a new one isnt working. I know you’re right about that thing but we need to show how we can work together.

Don’t even get me started on how communication in this way isn’t effective. We’re not all Hemingways running around spouting The Sun Also Rises. I’m still of the generation that goes “f it” and calls the person. Nuances of interaction are gone in this frenzied type of top of the head creative nonfiction.

And in terms of communication an attack always leads to an equal defense. Considering some societies lob missiles at each other for decades I’d say there is no “ultimate argument” that really takes them down a peg or two. Learning doesn’t happen when someone gets aggressive with the intended student. They just change the channel and your back to your choir again. If we can create the want for learning, actual conversation where we start again and just talk we can do it. It’s social capital. Noone wants to be left out.

I’m a leftie most of the time but there are some who are so far left they come around to the right saying “we’ll always be enemies.”. If you’re on the hard left and the hard right has agreed with you, it’s not working. Or if it is, just launch the big missiles and be done with it. But you don’t want that. You want something else. Besides we are better than this. Watch any video on YouTube about people helping people. We can do anything.

Same with the vote. You can’t type in a way that will convert someone. Just try to create a community in which the right person moves forward. It’s up to you, not politicians.

Here’s a hint. It’s not on this phone.

Put the phone in your pocket. Take off the white ear things. Go outside.

There’s a world of people out there. Talk. Now.

Leave the screens out if it. They are, at best, aggressively pointless.

SJWs RIP.

✌️

A trying to let it go SJW πŸ˜›

Tom

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Wrap on Recording The Goldblacks

Why even do a solo CD?

Well first, these two weeks was a whole lot more than just recording. Last night marked not only my last night on vacation which I used for recording my first solo effort, but it was also my first day back on stage with Cookeilidh after almost the same two weeks.

But recording this now was for a mix of reasons. After ages of collaborative things I wanted to prove (mostly to myself) that I could be creative without someone to lean on. I was inspired by the project Low Roar which was essentially started as Ryan Karazija by himself in his kitchen in Reykjavik with a guitar and a laptop. (He’s since gone full time and has way more production going on).

I also had been working with the keyboard and for some reason got into this Instagram habit of a post per day, primarily a song. Some were covers like “Up Where We Belong” but some weren’t and they gave rise to songs like Reason, which this little teaser clip comes from…

I also had a few songs from the past and just this desire to create things that don’t necessarily fit in a Celtic band. It is fun to lead the charge, but of course it’s more demanding so I knew I wanted to give myself some actual time off to do it. I certainly learned a lot over both this recording process and the time building towards it. I’ve decided to give the whole thing some time so I can work out what to do with the project in post. I am busy with Cookeilidh and that’s still moving forward so how do I incorporate this new thing in? Anyways I will be releasing singles before the now May 1st release, starting with She Lives There and Reason.

The process hasn’t always been easy, which is one of the reasons I’m very proud of it, whatever it does. I’ve found myself listening to it regularly, like when I was in Vancouver filming parts of the She Lives There music video. There are parts I’m really proud of, even if they are less straight single material like Precipice, Missed Connections and parts of Secret Star.

Can’t wait to share more of this with you!

Thanks for checking me out!

πŸ™‚

Tom

Week One

It’s the first week for everyone which is partly the reason for the title as it’s also the first week of Goldblacks recording.

And my first time off in about eighteen years, which naturally, I used to work on something.

As I’m writing this, the protest here in Victoria is marching up Fort Street in solidarity with the BC First Nations who are, long story short, being put through the same crap that they did in Standing Rock. Really unfortunate this still needs to be sorted out but great to see such a large crowd of support on a rainy January day.

For those who we should be building bridges with we are quarreling with, pulling Elders (First Nations seniors) out in the snow.

Here’s a link to more about their first week.

For me the first cuts of each song are recorded and now it’s going over, fine tuning, remixing and some rerecording. Just did a live version of Take Me Higher, a song that’s been around for just decades, it being requested many times including at work and on a #4 bus

I also have some plans for a music video for She Lives There and maybe two more. I did that Such a Drag one to kick the year off but Ill have to see. The main thing is to finish the CD in time for this Summer.

First Cookeilidh rehearsal is this week so getting ready for that, with the focus being on Robbie Burns as his day comes up on January 25th.

There is a few shows this year that we’re doing including Craigdarroch Castle with the address to the Haggis. The castle has been a wonderful partnership with us all these years and we are very lucky to play such a beautiful Scottish castle for this date. If you are in Victoria at any point check it out, and especially during Robbie Burns or Christmas season.

Inside Craigdarroch, the last being us two years back!

It has been a politically busy first week, but I think that’s because we are finding more and more that we can’t take things for granted.

We should be all able to enjoy life at it’s fullest or as Freddie Mercury sang

“this could be heaven for everyone!”

Cheers,

Tom