I haven't written consistently on this platform in years, but I think the only way I'm going to get through this latest round of creative output is to write it all down. Just like the studio diary this blog was intended to be at its onset. It's a good look and relieves some of the anxiety surrounding CHEEKY LaSAHE presents: THAT-THONG-SONG-SING-ALONG. It just rolls off the tongue, dunnit? The venue's been secured, a lovely spot called Sid Gold's Request Room. It's very CHIC and CHEEK, a perfect spot to unleash my sparkling revue of Karaoke UNIVERSAL. Yes. Karaoke UNIVERSAL. It's totally a thing. That I made up, or maybe CHEEKY made me do it. Either way, Karaoke UNIVERSAL recognizes our lived universe as three distinct, but interconnected concepts:
1. ELEVATION of the VERNACULAR: The things that appeal to us - trash TV, pop music, red bath mats - they each have resonance. These things are destined for artifact-hood, why wait thousands of years before they are deemed significant by academics?
2. PRIVILEGE as PLASTIC MATERIAL: There's a lot of pressure to conform to a ideology of lack - which in the midst of unending/ongoing campaign for poverty, violence, and mental (actual) slavery - can be difficult to resist. But what if we each imagined that our prescribed/assigned/ascribed identities could be molded into acknowledgement of human privilege?
3. AUDIENCE AS PERFORMER (and vice versa): We spend a lot of time looking. And performing - gender roles, generational roles, professional roles. In fact I think we do this performing and viewing simultaneously, why not celebrate the symbiosis?