Hi! It's Charluxx.
I’ve never been an activist.
In this digital age, I’ve supported causes by signing petition and sharing them on my social networks But that’s it. Really.
I’ve never been to a political rally, I did participate in a demonstration once, a march against the Gulf invasion by the USA. I’m not a member of any group. Groucho Marx once said "I don’t want to belong to any club that would have me as a member." That sounds about right to me. Truthfully, organizations scare me. I tend to prefer grassroots movements. Fast and nimble as opposed to steady and slow. I’m sure I’m wrong... but I cannot help the way I feel.
Seeing all the terrible things that are happening now on this little planet. Seeing greed and selfishness go absolutely rampant, berserk even. I felt compelled to get of the metaphorical couch and do something.
Well, I also wanted to get Isabelle and I a better life... but that’s another story.
So, something. What was that something going to be?
Online, I read the BBC and The Guardian everyday. I really enjoy The Guardian's columnist’s work (specially Arwa Mahdawi, Eva Wiseman, Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, Alexis Petridis, and Gary Younge.) So I thought I could write a column myself. Why not? I’ve got a unique voice—because of my upbringing, travels and varied experiences—I’m pretty sure I can write. I think I’m good at explaining things, making them clear. So that would be my way to reach out and try to wake people up. To start something. But my heart wasn’t in it... yet.
I love writing and as you can plainly see, I’m doing it right now. I will still end up at The Guardian, that’s the goal. I want to write about experiences and points of views, about injustice and inequality. About us as a species, and to help steer us in the right direction. Start a dialog.
But... I needed a focus. Then the floodgates opened about my music. For years I’ve been making music, but even though I knew it was good, I was missing the confidence to really pursue it. I don’t know what changed but it sure did change. I know where I’m going. As I sing in the (upcoming) song I Control The Boogie For You “You might not know where I’m coming from, but you know where I’m going.”
And so, with music as a focus, I found a wonderful platform to reach people and share something beautiful. Beautiful because music touches us, it moves us physically and mentally. It makes us feel good. I want to make people feel good. I want to provide Aural Pleasure (another forthcoming song.)
I see myself a no-nonsense kind of person. What I project I cannot control, that’s never been my focus. I just am. So, you can take me or see me as you like, but that’s not the real me. I don’t show that one a lot. You have to obtain my confidence. Not exactly an easy task. I’m a wild cat. Really. I feel closer to the feline species than to most humans. Also I have a tendency to be “in my bubble” a lot...
Ultimately I think those very attributes allow me to have a specific point of view that I can explore through my music and my writings. I’m inviting you in. I’m providing a bit of wisdom—not the bubblegum type I hope—a bit of food for thoughts, and hopefully giving you a different perspective of what’s going on, and what I think we should do collectively to change things.
Peace and Love,
Original image by Rawpixel Ltd (retouched by me.)