First off, Happy November, Happy Turkey Day, Happy Hanukkah, happy Christmas “barrage at the supermarkets and take advantage of the “Calories don’t Count in the Winter” day.”
Okay, maybe not if you want to stay a bit healthy.
I’m starting this blog, with something breezy, to get you reading, to start my insidious creep into your innermost thoughts …
A week ago, a week before the USA Midterms, I went to the theatre with my sister and watched the most important and current and fantastic show out there at the moment.
It’s the story of Berry Gordy
– the main who started Mowtown.
Lots of great songs, so much so that I chair danced, and a fantastic portrayal of Diana Ross by artist Kari Anderson.
That however, isn’t what made this show so special.
It’s the celebration of music by black artists in the USA from the early 60s to now.
Berry Gordon, with a family loan of $800, started a record company that would change the face of music around the world.
The white DJs wouldn’t play his records, he found a way round it, a way to top the charts with his partner Smokey Robinson and their multicultural singers and musicians.
Then, they would only play one song per label – he created more labels.
He released the speeches of Martin Luther King.
He gave Marvin Gaye the freedom to record Trigger Happy, an emotionally turbulent album and in the show, the actor playing Marvin showed us why his songs were so important – and the moment in which he sang “Mercy me, things are not the way that they should be,” the passion, the fight, was clearly evident.
Then came “War!”
“What is it good for? – Absolutely nothing.”
In a time of civil war and white privilege, Berry and the artists of Mowtown fought the battles they could win.
It’s a phenomenal show. I cried at least twice.
Because right now, because of an orange buffoon, we’re re-living the war against hate.
So, I urge you all, fight in the best way you can but do no harm, especially to yourself.
Stay with me …
I’m going to quote a friend and fellow author here, James Bennett, who you can follow on Twitter at @Benjurigan.
“I think that Tolkien said it best.
‘Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love. etc….’ :-)”
That kids, is how we win the war we find ourselves now fighting.
And that is what “Mowtown – the story of Berry Gordy” does.
It shares the music and history and culture of an industry dominated by people of colour.
So, if you see a disenfranchised or marginalised author, artist, musician, poet, lyricist – buy their works.
Share their works
Spread the news of people of colour, the BAME and LGBT communities.
Make those voices heard.
Which brings me to the midterms.
I’m a straight, white woman with disabilities.
But I’m also a free thinker
When the results came in I rejoiced.
Eight women of colour including;
Two Native American women (one of whom is openly lesbian)
Two Muslim women and one Trans
And a senator who banned gay marriage rights lost her place to an openly gay man.
Plus, the Blues won the house.
We, and I do include me in this, though I live in the UK, have won the first battle.
Now, let’s win the fucking war!