Wrestling and music, music and wrestling, wrestling and music, music and wrestling. If you’ve followed my blogs and videos for the past week, you’ve watched me enter into both arenas, and my wins and losses have yet to be tallied.
I’ve been wrestling with myself for two years on one topic specifically and I’m at the point where I’m ready to ring the bell. In wrestling, when the match is over, the wrestler’s theme song hits and music fills the arena. I’m ready for this wrestling match with myself to be over, and for the music to officially start.
My very first meeting in Los Angeles as the “official” manager for Wayland two years ago was in the office of Gary Miller, founder of Rock Against Trafficking, (RAT). Wayland had an active history aligning with charities from their humble beginnings in the performance group The Young Americans, to performing for cancer patients, disabled veterans, and sick children. Human trafficking wasn’t a cause they knew much about, but I did because of my mother’s lifelong involvement with volunteering for missing and kidnapped children.
Slash, Carlos Santana, Rob Thomas, and several others had recorded songs to bring awareness to the cause which had yet to be released, and we had met with RAT to discuss the ability to offer our support. That summer, we sold merchandise on tour in support of the organization, and night after night the band shook hand after hand of fans at the merch table telling stories about their experiences with human trafficking. Police officers, FBI agents, survivors, and volunteers alike shared their stories with the band and our awareness began to grow, so much Wayland co-produced the movie, Unseen in Hollywood that same year on the topic.
As the Universe would have it, a performance in LA led us to meet Shannon Sergey, creator of Forever Found, an organization that exists for the prevention, rescue, and restoration of child trafficking victims. I took a Survivor Mentorship Training Program leading up to their annual gala where the band played in front of local and international donors. The band played a song called, “No More,” a song about sexual abuse that they had played live several years prior. At the time, it had an amazing fan reaction, but they didn’t feel personally connected to the lyrics. After the past two years and cutting the song three different times, we sent it off to mastering two days ago.
Today, the mailman delivered a thank you card from Forever Found for our contribution to their most recent campaign, and at the same time received a Google alert about the trending topics: Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein, and the accusation of the Wayfair child trafficking. I knew the time had come for me to rock and roll.
Much like “shake your ass and save your soul” became my mantra, rock and roll became my business plan. I promised myself to rock: to have a solid foundation in place to roll: to create, write, and offer what was needed in the present moment. In this present moment, I feel compelled to share with everyone who is lysstening- Warriors, hairstylyssts, friends, and family alike, what’s on my heart:
Human trafficking and ritualistic sexual abuse is real and it’s deeply embedded in our monetary system and government. This has nothing to do with left versus right: human trafficking was an issue way before it was “trending” or political.
Musicians have the most powerful position in the world: to bring everyone together in harmony. Music has the power of unity, and that means, we don’t have to wrestle with this. We can feel and operate from the vibration of love.
To love is to lyssten. Lysstening to survivors, lysstening to our own hearts for what steps we need to take next, lysstening to your body when it’s time to turn off the television or exit out of the news articles, and lysstening to each other to come to solutions to end this atrocity instead of arguing against it, is the way.
To be fearlyss doesn’t mean you won’t have fear. It means you can feel the fear and choose love anyway.
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