MUSIC & EQUALITY
Last night at the #VMAs
it was clearer to me than ever that music with a message outshines the pop-circus and takes a place in history and in our hearts.
Getting to "crash" the VMAs last night was a bright shiny new experience for me and it was fascinating to observe this mammoth event from inside the party gates. One thing I noticed quickly was that the tiny outfits and pyrotechnics and shock-value moments wear off pretty quickly... Like a sped-up time-lapse of the effect of any drug, it peaks, your mind and body acclimate and then you need more and more to get any kind of a reaction at all. In a huge arena like this fire, troupes of dancers, crazy outfits and other techniques try to engage everyone in the room... The reaction was often lukewarm.
But when there's real, authentic sharing - music with a meaning and a message bigger than the performer singing it - it's effortlessly larger than life. It pulls you by the heart and connects you with every other living person in the room. The musician becomes a megaphone for everyone's collective passion and purpose. Suddenly it's not about outfits it's about how we outfit our world for the present moment and the age to come.
That kind of moment, stripped of pomp and circumstance, happened last night during Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' performance of "Same Love" which featured Mary Lambert who sings the chorus on the record and was lifted to the rafters by Jennifer Hudson who surprise-guest-starred on the song.
People stood up, the hairs on the backs of our necks stood up, our arms were in the air and our hopes for #equality
of all kinds were raised with those flags and voices that echoed through the arena.
So today, on #WomensEqualityDay
here's my little behind-the-scenes video of these two powerhouse female voices singing a song about equality for all. On this day in 1920 women were given the right to vote. Now we all have the right to keep leaning in, to keep stretching what's acceptable, expanding what's possible and make our view of the future as unlimited as our spirits. XO, Daria
Ps. Isn't that a better women's equality post than another #mileycyrus
reaction? ;) #throughglass