Hey there, friends. I've got a brand new single out for ya out today. This one's called "The Rotten Parts," produced by me (!!!), mixed/mastered by Amelia Sarkisian, with drums by Jules Stewart. I wrote this one as a walk-a-mile-in-someone-else's-shoes plea for white folks to consider not only the current, every-day impact of white supremacist delusion on Black and Brown bodies, but the centuries-long trauma caused by hate, fear, greed, and othering based on nothing more than skin color. Sooooo Dummmmmb and Eviiiiiil. What a grave shame it is to still see so many people refuse to acknowledge the simple, unwavering truth that Black Lives Matter. To still value their own comfort and willful ignorance over the actual safety of other humans. To varying degrees, we ALL grapple with these "rotten parts" because we were all brought up within rotten, broken systems. And those rotten parts will continue to poison generation after generation until we confront them individually and collectively. Thank you for listening - hope you'll work to carve out all the rotten you see in yourself - I'll be doing the same on my end.
The song is available now (along with lyrics and art) for direct download in the store, which is by far the best way to support, or on all the streamy thingies. Special thanks to Jules Stewart (drums), Amelia Sarkisian (mixing/mastering), with single art by Shy the Artist using original photography by Sydney Valiente. As always, big, big love to my Lindsay's Corner fam for their continued support.
*Edit 3/24 - I recently was given the opportunity to root out the rotten parts of this very blog, which was not giving proper credit to the Black and Brown folks who inform my very understanding of racial and social injustice and who motivate me daily to hold myself accountable and try to work/create/speak/live in solidarity. Folks whose work I am particularly grateful for and inspired by in this moment are Sonya Renee Taylor, Dr. Tiffany Jana, Sassy Latte, Isabel Wilkerson, Miki Vale, EB of Course, and so, so many of the harmonizers at our local mutual aid We All We Got SD!
Image description: Single artwork by Shy the Artist features a collage with light gray text that reads “The Rotten Parts” overlaid on a blue-gray cloudy mountain landscape. The focal point is a photo (by Sydney Valiente) of Lindsay placed toward the right of the graphic. She is wearing a brown coat over a gray blouse and her long brown hair falls over her left shoulder. A bunch of red and white flowers with black leaves covers her face.