1/18/2017

Laura Burhenn (Mynabirds) Art Protest Targets Trump

Laura Burhenn (of the Mynabirds) Announces
A Visual Art Protest & Fundraiser for the
Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN),
Available Now on Etsy

Visual Protest + New Track, “Good Medicine”,
Targets Trump Inauguration + Rape Culture

  

 
"I'm gonna do what I can right where I stand." - The Mynabirds, "Buffalo Flower"
“If anyone tries to tell you it's just a song, you tell them it’s real good medicine." - Laura Burhenn, “Good Medicine”
 
Laura Burhenn has just launched “I Know Why I Sing”, a visual art protest in response to Trump’s inauguration and the ongoing prevalence of rape culture in our country.

The artwork -- 30 original gouache and ink (framed and signed) birds -- was created in conjunction with Burhenn’s new track, “Good Medicine”, which she wrote in the aftermath of the Brock Turner rape trial and the Trump "Grab them by the pussy" videotape leak. The song, and the art, are meant to remind everyone of the power we have to change and influence our own communities.
All 30 pieces of art are available now on Etsy (HERE). The birds are also on display at Woodcat Coffeeshop in Echo Park, Los Angeles, through February 11th, with a closing party on February 11th. Proceeds from sales will benefit RAINN, the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.

In Laura Burhenn’s words: Back in October 2016 I released a song (on Saddle Creek), “Good Medicine,” which is about the weight we feel every morning, about the tears we shed in private, and the strength with which we *choose* to keep going, one foot in front of the other. I say choose, because it is a choice. I was reminded of that choice after the woman who was raped by Brock Turner shared the open letter of her experience and sang her truth and her song, despite what sentence the judge handed down, letting her rapist go free. She embodied Sartre: "Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you." She was the strength she wanted to see.

I cannot imagine how painful and exhausting it was for her to write that letter. I, for one, am eternally grateful that she lifted her voice to remind me, to remind us all of the choice we can make to write — to sing — our own future. We can open ourselves up to feel all the feels (and feel them deeply) and let them paralyze us — for a minute. We should; to feel the real weight of human experience will make us fiercely compassionate. But from there, we can decide to do something more. It will not always be easy; it will exhaust you. But we can choose, as Mother Theresa urges, to do it anyway.
Each of the birds featured in “I Know Why I Sing” was made in the summer of 2016 as I was writing the song “Good Medicine.” While not every one is a songbird, each represents the unique voice in all of us, when we chose to lift it — no matter how uncertain or terrified we are to speak up — that can transform a heart, a community, the world. I’m donating 50% of the proceeds to RAINN, The Rape Abuse & Incest National Network, to help them do their good work as “grab-them-by-the-pussy” rape culture is normalized from the highest position of power in America.

Right now the news doesn’t seem to be getting any better. You are probably exhausted; I know I am. But I will choose to keep singing, because I know that music saves my life every day. And if I can use my voice to do some good for others, I will. I believe in the power of music and art to empower, to comfort, to heal. Whatever your song, keep singing. Do it for you and do it for me. You never know when you'll strike a chord in someone else's heart and save them, too.
“Good Medicine”

Sing, little nightingale
Sing your song
Though the night
Is black and long
We'd waste away
Without your spark
Oh it helps to chase away
The dark
If anyone tries to tell you
It's just a song
You tell them
It's real good medicine


If anyone tries to tell you
It's just a song
You tell them
They should start listening

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