Kim Jennings

Folk Songstress ~ Indie Edge

A New Song, after the Latest Mass Shooting (and the discomfort of art)

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I don’t know where to begin. I don’t know what to say.

This is why I write songs. The words and the stories come so much easier to me that way.

All year, most of what I’ve been writing has been social or political commentary. I’ve never been so overcome with so much to say with so much hurt for what is happening in the world around me.

I see the backlash of people who *don’t want to hear it* from artists, songwriters, performers, actors…that we are only here for entertainment, and to make people feel good.

Respectfully, I disagree.

I’m here to say what I have to say. And so are you.

Sometimes we’ll feel good. Sometimes we’ll escape through art. But, other times, we need to be real about what’s happening around us. So let’s be civil about it, and hear each other, and see each other.

If you feel something as a result of my chosen artistic expression, well, I hope it makes you think. And then I hope that maybe, just maybe, it makes you take action too.

Sorry for being so new at this. And I’m sorry that it took me so long to get to this place of noticing, and being compelled to write about it. I’m fumbling along, trying to find my way.

Here’s my latest new song, written this week. It’s about how I felt when I heard about yet *another* mass shooting, in a church, AGAIN. Thoughts and prayers just aren’t enough to make it stop. And I’m *not* talking about taking away all guns. I’m talking about gun safety, and responsibility, and accountability, and improved regulations. I’m looking into Everytown (https://everytown.org/). What are you doing?

Here’s to art that compels us to contribute something meaningful while we’re here.

Thanks for listening.

Hugs and music,

~Kim

Author: Kim Jennings

Singer-songwriter, Birch Beer Records co-founder, Great Molasses Flood drummer girl and harmony lover, girl geek, working mom. Lover of acoustic beauty and indie rock. 'Nuff said? If not, check out: www.kimjenningsmusic.com ~ about.me/kimjennings ~ www.birchbeerrecords.com ~ www.wesupportlocalmusic.com

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