This has been a really, really tough week (on top of an already tough YEAR), so I’m really glad to be bringing you something that’s good, aka the WORLD PREMIERE of Becca Richardson’s We Are Gathered Here, which is out TOMORROW.
Here’s a FB post from Becca re: how terrible the last few days have been; I thought it was a really well-articulated way of trying to make sense of the darkness, and simultaneously holding onto the light:
“I had a long conversation with my partner last night about how to continue to feel meaning in our day to day lives when there is such profound horror and sadness all around us. As we fumbled through our feelings and reactions to the immense weight that the world is carrying he said, “this is what terrorism is trying to do. To make people afraid to live.” And at that point, I did feel afraid to live. I felt guilty for living. I felt worried that this horrific event would also act to make us forget about our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico who are dying. It just felt really, really dark. After our conversation, i pulled myself together and went to see one of my good friends play a beautiful set of music. To be in that room, sharing something so human with people who are hurting, struggling and suffering in ways we may not even know, it was healing in a visceral way. On NPR this morning they played a clip of an old interview with Tom Petty and he said, ‘Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life. There’s not some trick involved with it. It’s pure and it’s real. It moves, it heals, it communicates and does all these incredible things.’ And damn, isn’t that the truest thing you’ve ever heard? I am so thankful I heard that quote in the moment I most needed it.
So this is me, making a messy post about how I feel heavy, but I’m also maintaining my joy and excitement about sharing art with you all and hoping that in creating these spaces to gather and share, we can heal together and fix this world while we’re here.”
Keep creating. Keep listening. Keep loving.