Beauty in the Mundane / EP Sneak Peek
Beauty in the Mundane - EP Sneak Peak
Story matters. I'm inspired to write this by a photo gallery I saw displayed at Equator Coffees and Teas in downtown San Francisco. The photos were by a guy called Ezra Teshome, who is a construction professional and an amazing photographer. He uses a vintage Canon AE-1 35mm film camera exclusively for all his work - very cool, and a rapidly-disappearing art in the age of digital photography
I saw the pictures first and liked them. Then I read his explanation of the pictures and I loved them!
"I chose these photos from my repertoire to show beauty in the mundane melancholy seasons of life. The series shows people who have been physically or psychologically harmed in some way, shape or form. Without revealing the stories of my subjects, the theme / human condition of pain has a presence in each photo.
The pain of moving to a new place; the pain of saying goodbye to a friend or family member. The physical pain of aging; the psychological pain of being too young to be considered of merit. Or recognizing and coping with our inadequacies; or realizing we excel in that which we do not enjoy.
I'm reminded, through these narratives , that I am not alone in my pain. This idea rings true in many ways, especially in light of what hope awaits us after the trials of pain."
I realized, from Ezra, that even though we're artists of a different kind, he a photographer and I a musician, we're choosing to express similar things. We're seeing pain in ourselves and others and "writing" stories about it. Pain is a human condition, as is joy and peace. We are continually moving between these emotions, or states. This connects us all as humans. No exceptions. We reduce that pain by identifying with each other, by exposing our pain to others, and by helping each other.
As you might know, I'm currently working on my first EP, which is about a month out from release. Ok, ok I originally said August, but I also have a full-time job, so cut me some generous slack :/ I was so wrong about how long things take :)
Anyway .... we're getting closer and I want you to get a sneak peak of what's coming up. Here are some of the stories behind the songs in the EP.
Hair on Fire (aka Street Guitarist) is about being unknown, and unseen; and the joy when you find something that lights you up, and, as you light up, other people see you, and know a bit more of you. Another alternate title I'm playing with is Leta Umulilo (pronounced lay-tah oo-moo-lee-lo) which is the Bemba refrain in the song. It means, "bring the fire".
Pauper's Girl is about a girl whose father left when she was very young. She's living with her mother and they're barely scraping by. She longs for him to come back, but doesn't hold out a lot of hope. One day he does come back, in an unexpected way.
Butterflies is about a man confessing that he isn't superhuman after all, after a disagreement with his partner. An alternate title is the Swahili word for butterfly, Kipepeo (pronounced key-pay-pay-oh), which is part of the song's intro and refrain.
Kumenshi (pronounced koo-men-shh) is a Bemba word which means "at the water". You might recognize the intro from a traditional English hymn, which is based on Psalm 23 in the Bible. This song is a dedication to my dearly-missed Dad. It was his favorite hymn, and I wrote a reinterpretation in his memory.
Rais Wangu (Swahili, pronounced...rah-ees wa-ngoo) is a letter from an African child to her President. The child is worried about the decisions her President and the other leaders are making that affect her future. It's a plea to bear her plight sharply in mind, and maybe even give her a seat at the table.
Can't wait to share them with y'all!
Meanwhile check out Ezra's work here.