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An update on my health, help me keep the lights on, nature-ing as anti-war practice 

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An update on my health

It has been tough adjusting to this disability. Treatment for fibromyalgia has been going well lately, however, I've been pushing myself too hard. After a busy couple of months of activism and travel, I've been dealing with awful flare-ups. It's a trial-and-error process learning my new physical limits, but in the process, I hope to find…

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Singing together binds us together, art changes hearts, use more than one reverb together 

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Singing together binds us together

Last Monday, I participated in a sit-in at Representative Judy Chu's office, urging her to rescind her signature on Discharge Petition no. 9. Our action was one that risked arrest, and one thing that kept us grounded in love was singing together. Ethnomusicologist Joseph Jordania says such communal music-making serves an evolutionary purpose, helping individuals to feel less fear and pain and act…

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Pasadena passed a ceasefire! Art comforts the disturbed, scour public domain for inspiration 

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Pasadena passed a ceasefire!

I had the honor of giving public comment at Pasadena City Council's meeting on a ceasefire resolution. There were ~500 of us present and ~200 who gave testimony. I'm proud to have united my voice alongside other queer folks, other Christians, other Jews, as well as Palestinian-Americans, Arab-Americans, Muslims, and folks from all backgrounds, demanding a ceasefire as a first step to stop the genocide…

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Quietude and art help us heal, imperfections are a part of style, Fox Den house concert next Fri 

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Quietude and art help us heal

As I continue to hear reports of violence in Palestine, Congo, Sudan, even my own country, prayer and the arts have been balms. If you're taking time listening, sharing, and taking action, remember to also take time for silence. Palestinian writer Adania Shibli said last November, "I was always afraid that one day I would wake up and I wouldn't have language, this is my fear. And in the last four weeks…

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Art trains our imagination for good, Pasadena City Council ceasefire resolution, use a vocoder on not-vocals 

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Art trains our imagination for good

Art helps us imagine a better world. Wole Soyinka, Nigerian writer and activist once replied to a question of what literature can do in the face of injustice saying, "Well, present a model of possibilities, and that is all." Palestinian-American artist Fargo Nissim Tbakhi writes that Augusto Boal, Brazilian playwright and UNESCO World Theatre Ambassador, created pieces "dedicated to empowering…

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A collage for Gaza, a new record I got to mix, and an article on a trans activist's funeral 

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A collage for Gaza

I started working on this piece a week ago after hearing that Palestinians have resorted to eating animal food, weeds, grass to stave off hunger. Today, I learned about the Flour Massacre, in which Israeli soldiers killed over a hundred hungry Palestinians and wounded hundreds more as they were being offered aid. Weaponized starvation is the latest in the genocide tactics of the state of Israel against…

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Art calls us to compassion, anti-perfectionism is liberating, art heals us from despair 

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Art calls us to compassion

Mary Gauthier once said to me in an elevator, "We have to write songs that make Republicans love trans people against their own will." People are moved to action when it's personal, and art often makes it personal. Art calls us artists to compassion too, and I know it certainly has for me in these last several months witnessing the genocide against Palestinians. Palestinian poet Najwan Darwish says…

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The beauty of protest, the sustaining work of love through art, borrow any sound through synthesis 

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The beauty of protest

Palestinian poet Najwan Darwish says art "frees you from the limitations and cruelties of the moment." Feminist author Jill Dolan speaks about arts as "utopian performatives" which transport us into "imaginative emotional, psychological, and physical spaces that promise richer, more beautiful lives." I believe the same is true for protests and other demonstrations. In these moments, the means are the end: the vision of…

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Art that inspires activism, finish so you can start the next thing, and don't overdo your edits 

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Art that inspires activism

Palestinian-American author Etaf Rum says, "Literature can be a powerful tool of political awakening ... But awareness alone is not enough. If you can recognize our humanity in the pages of fiction, do not leave your empathy between the covers." Steven Duncombe, co-author of The Art of Activism, and Sarah J. Halford, host of the Creative Resistance podcast mini-series, say that art has the ability to touch our compassion…

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New mix "BUGZ!" more walking for creativity, and beauty for Gazan refugees 

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I've been slow getting back into the habit of these since the holiday season, nevertheless, welcome back to another edition of Sharing Notes!

New mix "BUGZ!"

Some artist clients of mine, Doctor Generous and Mina Bloom, put out a music video for their song "BUGZ!" It's a tongue-in-cheek synthwave jam about our interconnected life with and dependence upon arthropods. I had fun mixing and mastering this one and adding some production final touches. With this one, I had to mix several diverse drum…

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