An old friend of mine, a musician, read some of my stuff and started writing songs to it! I'm so happy because I think he's always had one of the coolest voices I've heard; influenced by Eddie Vedder and other greats from even heavier darker genres of bands we're both into. It's awesome to hear it. His first song is The Long Road, lyrics taken from The Book of Past. I made a website page dedicated to the band which includes The Long Road collaboration.
I'm Hungarian and Finnish, my brother is Hungarian and Italian, my sister is Finnish and Chinese. I grew up in a Jewish neighbourhood, one of my best friends was Black South African and Japanese, my closest childhood friends were white, Black, Muslim, Chinese, Korean, Indian, Greek, Italian, Native American, Irish, Scottish, you name it.
As a child some of my first female role models included an amazing African girl named Akweyo, who was good friends with my brother and lived across the street from us and Korean twins that were beyond cool in my eyes and were incredible athletes. I saw role models, never really noticed or concerned myself with differences in our features.
My husband is French and German and I have Jewish extended family through a marriage and I have more Chinese relatives from
another recent wedding ceremony too.
My condo is in a beautiful Muslim area next to one of the most affluent districts built by the hard work of Canadians of diverse ethnicities and there is a gorgeous huge mosque at the end of our street. In my area I am the minority and I'm always treated with respect just as I treat others. You get what you give so why not cut the lies and insanity through actual human interaction?
Was I ever taught inequality? No. I learned various cultures and beliefs and how amazing each was through my upbringing and from the society around me. My high school was made up of 2500 kids right in the centre of the city as diverse as the world itself and we were friends with whomever we connected with and there were no boundaries. It was a human family of sorts. I grew up with multiple cultures, met diverse parents from kindergarten on, tried great new cuisine, learned the beauty of religions and learned we are all spirits underneath the flesh.
I've seen racism but there was always a bigger crowd who'd stand up against it- the majority here in Toronto just doesn't buy the bill of goods. No, not on my watch! Being taught to fear your fellow man is exactly that, TAUGHT.
Growing up in Toronto, inequality was never personally taught to me and I'm thankful for that. I love Toronto and Canada and I feel it leans towards the future of the type of human family this world needs.
How do we change racism? We don't teach it and enlighten others when we see it and call out the few that fuel it's fires and expose them. This world has so many real issues, surely we need a stronger bonded human family to deal with them effectively.
A guy I've known for years is now a Director stylist at Holt Salon and Spa. He's spent over 9 hours over 2 separate days with me getting my hair to beach blonde and honestly I must give him his own shout out- it's crazy the meticulous work he does to do right by your crown ladies (and men). If you live in Toronto I highly recommend him. Super sweet guy too.
Fast forward to more than a year and a half later and Jonny got me to bleach pearl blonde... booyah...
Hindsight may be 20/20 but when one is facing the future and there are some potential alarm bells ringing I'd say don't parrot off blind info irresponsibly BUT also don't be so quick to halt any communication of said "alarm bells" pawning them off as "hype" etc.- some cultural tragedies have ACTUALLY occurred in the recent past and they start through various social patterns and maybe if our criticized/often misused social media outlets (and resultant open discussion of issues on grand scales through the speed of our current web) had existed during earlier periods of severe darkness (such as the Holocaust), maybe some things would have never been able to go down to such a large wild extent like has gone down in even recent history because a majority was informed enough to know what was going on and said "No, not on my watch". The fact is that human tragedies have gone down and been let to occur by the majority of ONLOOKERS who never halted the little minority fueling the badly planted seeds of evil. Say what you will but in cultures it DOES matter what the majority upholds and whether sane ideas are upheld. The media can do a lot of harm but it can expose things too that otherwise would never been seen by the majority. Do you think "make love not war" or protest over war would have occurred in the 60s/70s without television and photos exposing the actuality of it for people to see and face it's horror? Hindsight is sure 20/20 but how do we avoid going down a future bad pattern if we may have access to information that was verified on a social level? I don't believe it's by not discussing it- silence is where the minority works fast and hard while the silent are absent or waiting. This post isn't an opening to have a debate as I'm not particularly interested in various takes on our current society (unless I've specifically asked someone directly) but just an urge to only state my particular view if anyone is interested; that good, bad or ugly we better discuss this folks, at least enough so we can personally be satisfied with our OWN conclusion reached so we can get into effective action of some sort moving forward on whatever we personally see fit that will maybe make things more tolerable or better.
Just as a token, the artist Phantanomaly created this image inspired by The Watcher Series. If you have read any of the chapters available for free download from this website this image COMPLETELY takes you there without any specific real detail in sight- completely sick art! Thanks again Phantanomaly! Check out his other stuff, I think you'll like what you see...
Who comes from the middle of nowhere USA and becomes one of the most looked upon in the art industry not only for his various epic projects but for his originality? Yes Trent Reznor. Honestly, what completely unrelenting and inspiring integrity as an artist. Doesn't he make you fearless? Man there are times I'm like "Hell no, I can't write that cuz people may know me and what the hell would they think??" lol and then I think of him, probably totally sickened by the spotlight at times but just keeping it real for his fans and towards his own vision. Yep there it goes; it's written and yep the man, the phenomenon that is NIN and Trent Reznor, just made me more brave. I'm sure I'm not alone in that admiration.
I recently got his new album and I wrote to customer service for two reasons: 1) I wanted to know when the physical album "Not the Actual Events" was getting shipped out and 2) I wanted to know if there was a place to send him fan mail that wouldn't end up in frick'in oblivion. I wanted to send him a paperback copy of The Book of Past... without him leading the way, I think I'd just hide the writing and the anything- but if he can do it so can we is sort of his influence... and his silhouette is the image Phantanomaly used to create the fiery figure on the cover of the The Book of Past (of course I picked it and was like "Can you make Trent Reznor in flames?"). So customer service was amazing and no he doesn't have a fan mail account just in case all your awesome mail is landing at some address that some wannabe threw up on the net to receive stuff (sorry to burst thy bubble) Anyways, do you want to know the website the customer service e-mail came from? It was (person's name)@narlywood.com LMFAO! Ok nuf said! Only Trent frick'in Reznor could even have amazingly cool customer service lines!
Now that all my adoration has been expressed I wanted to post a sweet gem I found on the net! When I posted it on twitter, NIN's bass player for a few years (Justin) was all enthused about it as this was apparently behind the scenes footage linked all together from a videographer (Rob Sheridan) that came on tour and filmed FROM THE STAGE! Not only that but there are some amazing treats in terms of who plays with the band. OK I won't spoil it- just watch it! And yes, you're welcome ;)