I can’t believe I’ve been Stateside for two and a half months now. Usually, this would be the time I started to pack my bags, and head back to India, but I’m trying to stay put for a little while, I have a lot I want to accomplish here this year.
And, that process has begun. Since I’ve been home, I’ve been writing quite a bit, just not here. I’ve completed two interviews for my full-page column in AMP Magazine, called ‘Do More Than Just Sing About It’. I’m focusing on musicians who are working for social change. I’ve already interviewed John Joseph of the Cro-Mags, Fletcher of Pennywise, and Dave Wakeling of the English Beat.
I’ve also posted quite a few articles at www.HuffingtonPost.com/HeidiMinx — mainly on Human Rights, but I couldn’t resist Joe Strummer’s birthday as a reason to call people to action.
Music and Human Rights — I’ve been fascinated with this combination for quite a while, and that will be a major focus for me in the coming months. Pennywise just taped a new PSA for Built on Respect, and social action in general :
I think the highlight of this effort has been working with the Street Dogs.
This weekend, the band took a track from their new album, and changed the lyrics to call for Freedom in Tibet.
Here’s a quick preview:
Special thanks to my friend Taavi, who spent the day with us taping. In the next 2 weeks, we will be releasing a full PSA — complete with information on what you can do to help political prisoners in Tibet.
In addition, the band has donated spots on their guest list on their current tour — complete with a meet and greet — to benefit Built on Respect.
It’s great to work with a caring, passionate group of people to raise awareness for those who don’t have a voice.
More coming soon!