Being a musician has always been the main part of my identity and that phrase we all hear after a good show is true “you’re so lucky to do what you love for a living”. If you are someone with music in your blood you will understand it’s not a choice, it’s a method of survival.
But you know what else I love? People. People are bloody brilliant. The wonderful thing about touring is realising that everywhere people are different, but the same.
I read recently a cool paragraph that I can’t find and can only crudely paraphrase (imagine this written in a much better way): “There is not such thing as bad people. But everyone will do bad things if their basic human needs are not met. These needs are food, shelter, security, love, fulfilment and support. If any one of these is lacking, they will do bad things.”
There are parts of the UK government who have behaved in a really cruel manner in the past 5 years, and their recent victory means they now have a mandate to continue a plan that I consider evil, in part at least. It certainly destroys lives.
I was out of the country when it happened, and some of my countrymen decided to protest the result in the streets – it wasn’t widely reported in the press. When you take away someone’s voice and opinion they get angry because there is no other way to communicate, and there are a lot of angry people out there.
I’m angry too. Furious that we can’t work together to help the weakest in society, deciding one life is more important than another, it makes no sense to me. But anger can eat you up and I’m trying (trying so hard!) to have a more positive outlook on life.
I decided to channel my energy into a small, positive project – project £3.44. It’s open to anyone who wants to join in, if you are able. If not, gonna have more music coming your way soon – did I mention I <3 music? Music! Yeah!