Literally can not stand being perceived today even by myself. Hoping my manager doesn't mind that I need to cancel my meetings today. This sucks.
Am I "supporting" artists that hate me by listening to them on a streaming platform? I guess I am? In some very small way. I know streaming services are not exactly paying anyone's bills, per se. I don't want to support peopel who hate me, but I feel like it's a bit of a protest since they can hate me but they can't take away the way music makes me feel. They don't own the chords, they don't own the notes. They don't own my feelings. All of that is free for us all to experience.
being a lover of music from around the world and of music in general while being trans can be a bit of an emotional gamble. On the one hand, I have access to more music than I ever could have imagined when I was a child learning that every culture had its own music and there were so many cultures throughout the world. I love that so much! At the same time, I know there are a lot of people who wouldn't like knowing a trans person is enjoying their music. Art vs Artist is a tough separation.
I'm specifically talking about Afrobeat in this instance. Afrobeat is from Nigeria originally. Part of me wants to go where afrobeat originated... to be there on the soil where it came from. I've been where hip-hop was created. I've been where jungle/drum&bass was created, and where dubstep was originated. I've been where the melbourne shuffle started (guess where? lol), and where techno and house grew up. Where footwork was born. Music and culture mean a lot to me. It's unviersal and yet not
listening to music from the African continent gives me so much life... then I remember I can't really safely travel there because I'm a trans woman and that kinda saddens me... then I remember that the music is right here with me, and no one can take it from me, so then I'm happy again. I'll be here dancing in the safety of my own home, just try and stop me.
Apparently folks have been on the birdsite recanting old tales of when they used to work where I ...am still working a decade+ later. Almost regret leaving the cursed birdcage before I had a chance to chime in. Alas, #fedilife is the life for me these days.
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