Shedding light on the current crisis of the prison industrial complex while using it as a symbol of the enslavement of the ego jailing us all.
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.
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.
Madeleine performing “Traffic”
DSBCD students performing original choreography by Madeleine Twyman to a live rendition of “Traffic”
“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.
Cleopatra did my hair, before I entered Rome, when Egypt was the place that I called home.
I spied with Mata Hari, firing squad said I’m sorry, oh j’taime Paris yes I cry.”
“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
“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.