In today’s world, it’s easy to get caught up in the thought that your voice is not heard. Or, if your voice is heard, your point of view is unimportant. I’m here to tell you, that is not true. In the following discussions, you’ll encounter (and get to know) real people, and hear real stories about real life topics.
Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it’s personal. And the world won’t end.
And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find you have fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers, and realize you don’t miss them. And new ones will find you and cherish you. And you will still flirt and paint your nails, dress up and party, because, as I think Emma Goldman said, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.” And at last you’ll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking.”― Audre Lorde
If you are interested in being a guest star on Speak Your Truth, please reach out to Jess at email@example.com.
August, 2020 Interviews
I was first introduced to The Tones, when I visited the Reggae Ranch, and met drummer, Matthew Richards. We became fast friends. Flash forward a few months, and we’re back at Reggae Ranch, as The Tones held a livestream at the venue in July, 2020, to promote their new album, “Vibe Streamin”(which dropped August 7th, 2020). Getting the backstage pass as it were, I was privileged to have the opportunity to get to know the band as not only great musicians, but also as great people. Tonight, we’re talking about music, vibes, romance, and looking towards the future together.
I discovered Kat Hall via an Instagram Live Session a few months ago. I was thrilled to see that she was broadcasting from her home in Long Beach, California. This was so thrilling to me because at that time, Kat and I lived mere minutes away from each other. I approached my new ‘neighbor’ in Direct Message, expressed my appreciation for her unique sound and style, and asked her for an interview. Tonight, we sat down together to talk about life, music, and the future.
May, 2020 Interviews
I have been a joyful attendee of the California Roots Music Festival, in Monterey, California, for the last seven years. Over the last few, I noticed an energetic and smiling man, dashing across the festival throughout the weekend. My curiosity got the better of me last year, and I decided to meet this dynamic person. His name is Juan Love, and his name suits him well.
April, 2020 Interviews
I met Melanie when we both worked in the same department in a small startup in The Silicon Valley, California. I was new in the tech/engineering side of things, so I came to Melanie with my many questions on the intricacies of html coding and development. On today’s episode of Speak Your Truth, Melanie and I have a chance to catch up, discuss the evolution of Web Development, the challenges that come with working in the industry, and the future.
I had the opportunity of finding Kurtis Parsons, aka “Conga Kurty” on Facebook, via a few Reggae groups in which I participate. I followed his Instagram, joined his fan group, and quickly learned just how talented a percussionist he is, as well as an intriguing individual. Kurty agreed to this interview, and I couldn’t be more excited for you to get to know this multifaceted individual a little more.
I had the happy accident of moving right next door to my next guest. Living in a small apartment complex, on Naples Island (a small man-made island in Long Beach, CA), you get to know your neighbors. Especially during a Covid 19 ‘Stay at Home’ time in our lives. Jordan immediately struck me as capable, enthusiastic, and healthy. I had to know more about his secret to being so fit. So I asked him. This is what transpired.
My friend, Maria Moceri, and I became friends because we were both in a reggae, meme-sharing, singles group on Facebook. Yes, they exist; actually quite a few of them. I saw what she was laying down and I picked it up and loved it. We became Facebook friends, and friends, quickly. I wanted to invite Maria to be a guest on Speak Your Truth today because I noticed that she is wise in the ways of love.
Dylan and I met via Facebook when he reached out to me, telling me about his cause. Pass the Bass is the name, and that’s just what Dylan Flynn does. He travels around the country, from show-to-show, and encourages musicians to take a turn playing his bass guitar to raise money to support the Brain Injury Association of America. Sounds pretty interesting, yes?
March, 2020 Interviews
I became fast friends with the ever-engaging Sydney Williams early on in 2020. Little did I know at that time that this powerhouse would inspire me to no end. She reached out to her Hiking My Feelings Family, and asked a few questions. These were my answers.