Mr Jailer – Chinese Bamboo EP
What is the root of our mental captivity and what is our escape plan from the prison of our socially conditioned thinking? Questions I hope to engage the listener in as they have their own internal dialogue.
Ancient Egyptians believed the body to be a prison for the soul, and I do not disagree.
“Mr Jailer” has been featured on The Prison Arts Coalition & Those who dig
“Mr Jailer” inspired a ‘Prison art series’ that presented exceptional artwork by incarcerated artists. See the four part series here: series 1 series 2 series 3 series 4
“A visible manifestation of our invisible people”
Traffic – Chinese Bamboo EP
The trafficking of people, particularly children is a lucrative and prolific trade today. The mere stats alone do not resonate enough motivation for calls to action, so I wrote this song.
The song “Traffic” has impacted the world in a positive way. It inspired an event titled “Moving Traffic” – an interactive event using the arts to help and to heal survivors of human trafficking, held on June 12th, 2014. The event raised $5700 for The Mahima Home, a holistic center for minors who have been trafficked in Kolkata, India. #MovingTraffic featured performances by Musicians from Canada and The US, high calibre dance and spoken word. The event itself was also publicly endorsed by Mayor Pat Perkins. To see photos from the event go here http://durhamschoolofballetandcontemporarydance.com/photo-gallery/moving-traffic-event-2014/
10,000 years – Chinese Bamboo EP
An ancient perspective on a modern day world.
“Living online, well it don’t make you smart,
swell the ego dull the hero inside.
Manufactured show, that’s merely just a ghost
of the you in the flesh caught in the web.
“10,000 years” was featured on the BeeFM Indiscovered Compilation CD and received the following review:
“When we heard “10,000 Years” for the first time, we were speechless. It’s very uncommon to listen to such a powerful song that comes from a young emerging artist. It is an absolutely epic piece of work and one of our first choices for the compilation” – BeeFM
Queen of the dance – Chinese Bamboo EP
“Dance, dance, wherever you may be,
I am the Queen of the dance said She,
I’ll lead you all wherever you may be,
I’ll lead you all in a dance said She.”
There is a resurgence of the Feminine aspect of the psyche happening. #SheRises
“I am your wife and I am your lover, I am your daughter and I am your Mother”
Ancient Celtic folk meets modern urban flow.
Zim zsa – Chinese Bamboo EP
“A real bad gyal
she know how to move it
but with intelligence she know how to use it
she know her power but she don’t abuse it
beauty, brains and ya better not confuse it
I’m not the type that you wanna mis-use it
cause if you do, than your face I gotta bruise it
I can not say that I never am afraid
but I never back down and I never run away”
Looking at women from a new perspective, may require social changes.
Transmutation – Chinese Bamboo EP
“A system designed to mess with our minds
Plot man against woman so neither can find
a balance of the sexes, miscellaneous exes
Man denies the woman in him
Blames Eve, original sin”
Transmutation is the changing or transferring of one element or form of energy into another.’
“What did the dream say to the dreamer?
Doubt is a traitor, a manipulator, death to the fake kill the king checkmate.”
“What ya gonna do?
Where ya gonna go?
The rock won’t hide you he said hell no!
All the money in the world and you still can’t buy salvation
ya only friend the devil huh, ya heard that he’s waiting
Oldest friend of knowledge and he is cunning in his ways
don’t you know its a game that he plays?
How you gonna find your way if you don’t know your astray?
Better wake up and rebel
don’t buy what they sell”
Chinese Bamboo EP artwork shot by Jaylyn Todd
//styled by yours truly