The hugely talented producer, James The Bear, will be working with me on my new album. I would love it if you could support him as much as you have supported me. I believe in his music.
I’m going to write a script for a movie this year. And direct it alongside cinematographer Tyler M. Manzo, my collaborator on the ‘Suburban’ music video series. I don’t know when this movie, my novel or my new album will be available to you. But hopefully you’ll enjoy the journey along with me. And when they’re finished, we can collectively celebrate and eat croissants and dance and whathaveyou.
Also, I love you and hope you’re having a great day.
Here’s a little peek at a new song. For my new album, maybe? Right now, this one’s called ‘Friction’. Welcome to my creative process.
I’ve been writing a novel. Almost done. I wake up at 5am, Monday through Friday, to do what I want to do creatively. I write 1,000 words in the morning before I work on anything else. If you can’t find time to do what you love. Make time. We sleep too much. There’s much to be done.
Share this video. Help people. Let’s make kindness a virus. #IAmYourBandAid - IAmYourBandAid.com
Note: If you don’t want to include the hashtag, you don’t have to. All that matters is that your reply gets to someone who needs it.
Freedom by Kai Straw: Vlog #9
Coca Cola. Produced by Raspy Meow (http://raspymeow.bandcamp.com)
Giant by Kai Straw: Vlog #8
Sad by Kai Straw: Vlog #7
I sit here and I think about people. I think about the ways in which we can change each other. For the better. I think about how we can make this, all of this, better. And the more that I’ve thought about it, the more I believe that to do so does not require anything hugely profound. It’s very simple. Be kind. Be kind to everyone. And don’t litter. If every single person on the planet did both of those things. We’d be a bit better off.
Parade by Kai Straw: Vlog #6
This week I had an idea. You and I can change the world together. From our computers. From our cell phones. From our tablets. Consider this. On twitter, you can search all current tweets from all over the planet. I decided to search phrases such as, “I’m depressed”, “I’m sad”, “I’m ugly”, “Suicide”, “I need motivation”, etc. I found about 40 tweets per minute that contained at least one of these phrases. I decided to respond to them. As many as I could. I would tell them that they are valuable. I would tell them that they’re going to be okay. I would tell them they would make it through whatever it is they are going through. I realized that each of us, through twitter, have the ability to locate and communicate with these thousands of people who cry out for help each day.
If about 40 people post about their depression every minute. That means that over 55,000 people post about it in one day. 385,000 post about it each month. And 4,620,000 people post about it each year. And that’s just about depression. If you factor in all tweets about insecurity, fear, anxiety, etc. You can quadruple that number. And most of these tweets go completely unanswered. People shouting into emptiness.
We can be the answer. We can speak directly to people who need help. Take 30 minutes, 20 minutes, 10 minutes, whatever time you have, and help just a few people on twitter a couple times each week. Let them know that we are all in this together. We’re brothers and sisters within this human experience. You might make someone’s day. Or save someone’s life. Do it. And when you do, if you have room, add the hashtag - #IAmYourBandAid. Maybe if they see a bunch of people doing it, they’ll help someone too. We can change the world. One person at a time.
I’ve tweeted over 150 people already. Anyone who uses the hashtag #IAmYourBandAid will be retweeted by the IAYBA account:
Help people. Be somebody. And share this. Make kindness a virus.
EDIT: People are taking this beyond twitter. You can participate with any social network. Including Instagram. Facebook. Search for the negative emotion. Comment with positivity. #IAmYourBandAid
Thirty-Three Minutes by Kai Straw: Vlog #5
The Cove by Kai Straw: Vlog #4
Suburban Part 2: Wasteland