Today, I participated in a Facebook Live concert along with 6 other wonderful artists. Many might think it was unwise…we’re supposed to all be staying inside and social distancing, hindering the spread of the coronavirus. Keeping the sickness at bay. But when I tell you, there was such healing in that room as my sweet soul sister Kimmie J Soul sang accompanied by Keelah Jackson and Brandi Jordan, I cannot lie to you.
Of course, it wasn’t physical healing, but the spirit and mind are just as vital in this time as we battle against this pandemic. And I’ve said this over and over again: sharing art in this time is such a huge part of healing together. It helps bring and remind us of hope.
And it’s moments like that that help me stay motivated to keep going, to keep writing, to keep speaking, even now. There are so many things that try to bring me down, try to make me stop the gift I’ve been given; being surrounded by other artists who see your potential definitely helps keep you going. Having family and friends who support you keeps you going. My sister, my dad, and my boyfriend were all able to make it to the Facebook Live today to watch me, and I’m sure there were others who support me who watched as well, and that truly makes a difference.
Even spending time with my boyfriend, who’s a musician, has helped motivate me. There are days when he feels like working on something, and it doesn’t turn out the way he’d like, and there are days when he feels like maybe he lost that talent to write and rap like he used to. Then there are days it clicks for him again, and he’s able to get in that creative mode and mindset he’s been wanting to be in.
It’s encouraging to me because I sometimes feel like I’m the only creative out there who get stuck sometimes. Deep down, I know it’s not true, but when I’m in that space, it’s easy to feel alone, and like my talent isn’t worth holding close to the talent of others. But when I surround myself with creatives who genuinely support me, and are vulnerable about their own process, I gain the strength to carry on in my own process.
I feel like my thoughts are kind of all over the place, to be honest. So much to take in today! And today is almost over…this quarantine time is still hard to get used to!
Anyway, please go check out today’s Facebook Livestream from Visit Chattanooga’s page, and watch this lovely, uplifting, and healing performance! https://www.facebook.com/VisitChatt/videos/201768187905143/
And have a look at my boyfriend’s new music video too, while you’re at it!