Writing is my first love, and with cancelled tours and an on hold music industry, I’ve been writing freelance on the side.
One of my clients has an online program that’s named after an arena, and being a manager of a rock band, writing about arenas came naturally. I wrote a piece from the perspective that arenas used to be places where gladiators would fight against each other where currently, arenas are for music, where people can come together in harmony. It was a topic on polarities, and how you had to choose one, not the other.
Today, when listening to the final mix of “No More” Wayland is sending to mastering, it reminded me of this exact same principle, except my views differ slightly from that of the woman I originally wrote the topic for.
Arenas are places and spaces that have no meaning or purpose except the one we give them. Actually, nothing has any meaning unless we give it one. We go through life identifying people, places, and things as good or bad, “I like this” or “I don’t” and those meanings begin to create our personal life experience.
“No More,” is a song about human trafficking. Regardless of your political opinion, belief in “conspiracy theories,” research or lack there of, we can all agree that human trafficking is a problem. In my life, I choose to replace the word “problem” with opportunity, and from this perspective I’m able to come to solutions instead of cultivating more of the problem.
When we get into the arena of human trafficking and we look at the opportunity we have, we step foot into both the arena of fighting against something and the arena of coming together in harmony to help eradicate it. It’s not either or, it’s both. Creation requires destruction. To create a world without human trafficking, sexual abuse and suffering, we get to destroy the very things that inspire those behaviors.
Music creates culture. Is writing a song about human trafficking of the same importance as writing a song about Friday night? Does focusing on the suffering create more suffering? If we focus on our joy are we in a better place to create solutions? Is there room for both?
Does everything have to be good or bad, right or wrong, black or white? Can we enjoy an arena of music and an arena for wrestling? Can we fight against human trafficking and not sacrifice ourselves to stop it?
Be fearlyss in your thinking, I’m lysstening.
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