Lying Media Bastards

March 11, 2007

Keep On Livin’

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Happily, last night’s art and DJ event went well. I had been worried that due to the intense and somewhat horrific nature of the artwork, that nearly any sort of music would be out of place. But it turns out that the shirts I had seen before the event were only a portion of the collection. The pieces I saw were almost solely the artists’ anger, hate and grief over their abuse, but on the night of the show, I saw many more. And many of these new pieces were about overcoming fear and shame, about strength and determination, about refusing to let the attackers of their past determine their present or future. This mix of messages took place in the art gallery adjoining a shop about creative, consensual and joyful aspects of sex. And the gallery and shop were part of a larger art/music/food/drink/block party event, with friends and loved ones enjoying the spectacle, the night air, and each other’s company.

Not bad at all.

At one point, DJ Lotu5 started playing the Le Tigre song Keep On Livin’, and one of the gallery’s proprietresses walked over and cranked up the volume noticeably. To our quizzical looks, she said simply “this is tonight’s theme song.” And she was right.

Push thru their greatest fears and
live past your memories tears cuz
You don’t need to scratch inside just please
Hold onto your pride
So don’t let them bring you down and
Don’t let them fuck you around cuz
Those are your arms that is your heart and
No no they can’t tear you apart cuz

This is your time this is your life and
This is your time this is your life and
This is your time this is your life and
This is your time this is your life and….

You gotta keep on(keep on livin!)
Gotta keep on(keep on livin!)

Posted by Jake on March 11, 2007 11:11 pm

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