Play It Forward!
For my third release, I explore the concept of the struggle, whether it be within ourselves, our relationship with a partner, our career or our religion. The constant obsession of seeking something new and the trepidation of making that first move. The process of finding what we think we want only to realize we had what we needed all along. The lyrics are a bit of a triple entendre. At face value is a person battling with their religious conviction, wondering if it isn't all a sham. Secondly, it's about someone in a relationship that's gone south and their need to find someone shiny and new. Lastly, it's about the music itself. Like many artists these days, I want to be inspired, I want to create something that feels new and fresh. When I wrote and composed this song, I was seeking just that, but as it turned out, nothing is truly new, only reborn. The foundation is set. We must simply build atop that foundation, redirect the subject at hand and reintroduce the concept in our own unique way.
Innovation is leading today's most influential artists. And many are approaching their creative endeavors from a similar starting point, building upon the previous foundation and implementing new approaches to get different results. We are so lucky to live in the digital age where we have access to every media outlet imaginable. We have the ability to network, experiment, and collaborate with other artists, visionaries, and engineers and to create something larger and more impactful than what we ever could alone.
An organization that is fostering this type of innovation is Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, also known as Gray Area Art & Technology. I had the privilege of being an intern at this non-profit and witnessed first hand how Josette Melchor, the founder, and her incredible team are using Art and Tech to strengthen the community and create social and civic engagement through education and multimedia events. Gray Area hosts benefits, art shows, symposiums, concerts, and festivals. They also offer creative coding courses and host an incubator for creators developing work that intersects art and tech.