Last week I spent time with my family back in Kentucky. It was a much needed break from New York and it gave me a chance to reconnect with my past and my roots.
“Out here it’s like I’m someone else
I thought that maybe I could find myself
If I could walk around, I swear I’ll leave
Won’t take nothing but a memory
From the house that built me”
Copied from MetroLyrics.com
Being at home made me realize the importance of embracing your roots in your performance as well as everything you do. I come from a small coal-mining town in Western Kentucky named Madisonville. It proudly boasts the town motto of “The Best Town on Earth” and in many ways it is.
They say it takes a village to raise a child, and it’s true. I am the product of support from so many people as I grew up. It was great to feel that again as I was home. As I went to church with my family, I saw so many faces from my past, choir teachers, the minister, my Kindergarten teacher, my 6th grade homeroom teacher, family friends, and former classmates. Each of these people played a role in my life somehow helping to shape me into who I’ve become today.
It was important for me to experience this feeling of reconnecting when I went home as I think it will help me to fuel my performances this year and to do more in one year than I have ever done before. All those people and my family have invested so much of themselves in me with the hope that I should succeed and that I could make a difference– while making Madisonville proud.
While at home, I reconnected with myself too, realized that it is like me to be insanely productive, to have a constant outpouring of creative ideas, to connect with other creative people and to go against the mainstream. I have been this way my whole life and that I have no apologies to make about who I am or what it is I want to do in the classical music world.
I spent 26 years being groomed to be a creative leader and performing artist. That is exactly what I plan to do. I started the Tuxedo Revolt to change the course of classical music and that is what I will do.
However, just like I needed the support of others when I was growing up, I need your support now to help the Tuxedo Revolt gain momentum. Just like I shared in my community of Madisonville, KY, I need the community of like-minded artists and performers who are ready for a change in the world of classical music to step forward and join me.
Together, we make a community. Communities can create change.
Until next time,
- Community of Revolutionaries (tuxedorevoltblog.wordpress.com)