A couple of weeks ago, I had a wonderful opportunity to share the stage with a few of Seattle’s talented songwriters and musicians at Bushwick Book Club, whose mission is “to build the next generation of musicians and readers.” The original chapter began in 2009 in Bushwick Brooklyn and now there are chapters all over the country.
The premise is simple, Bushwick Seattle suggests a book for the community to read and then invites musical artists who have also read the book to pen a song inspired by the book. As it says on their website: “Everyone in the room knows and understands the source material, creating an experience like no other!” And I can tell you from experience that is true!
The roster that evening was musically diverse and magical and included the charming moderator KEXP’s DJ Riz (Riz Rollins), Reggie Garrett, Nikkita Oliver, Tiffany Wilson, JR Rhodes, Okanomode, Art Lipatan, and JusMoni.
The book of the hour was Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Talents, an on-point dystopian tale of remarkable protagonists Lauren Oya Olamina and her daughter Larkin Olamina/Asha Vere and the community that follows the spirituality of Lauren’s inspiration, Earthseed. I have been in love with Octavia Butler for some time. The first book that I read by her was her Xenogenesis trilogy and I was hooked. I was thrilled that someone who looked like me also dreamt of space.
I was really grateful to be a part of this magical night and hope to be an audience member for several upcoming book/music nights.
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Enjoy the longer days of sunshine!