Hamilton Change

This post is very removed from my Tiny House.  It has to do with loss and change and Hamilton Ontario.  Have a listen while you read please.

Rap has to really speak to me lyrically for me to get it. The young singer Adam Lane, is from Hamilton, Ontario, close to where I stay when I am not at THO; I like the song because I am quite a runaway myself so I identified with it.  I am not sure if he wrote the stuff because he does not give any details, but clearly it is about the need for change and he is talented.

Speaking of rap, yesterday I saw a RAP van with a bunch of workers doing testing right down near where this video was shot.  I guess, both kinds of rap have something to say about cleaning things up.  I guess both these rappers are in some way wanting to see “Zero Discharge of Persistent Toxic Substances”… RAP I can really get into!

The thing is, that Hamilton is changing a lot.  There is a huge arts exodus from Toronto to Hamilton and this is clear on James Street North.  Tonight I will head out to the monthly Art Crawl and see what is new in the changing and growing Steel Town.  One of the newer artists to join the area is one I am loving!  Check her out: Julia Veenstra.  Clean up this dirty old town!

I love the Art Crawl events, and I was looking forward, but now I don’t feel much like going anywhere at all…  I think it is good to get up and off the computer, though… today has not been easy and I am (like so many millions of others) heavy in heart for my neighbours to the South.  I want to acknowledge the horrible events today in Connecticut, but there are no words that can heal this wound.  The only thing I can say is how sorry I am.  My heart is heavy for those who were victims of profound loss today and so I posted to acknowledge not just suffering, but also to nod my head to those who recognize the need for change, healing and safe communities.  I hope that from this horrible incident that at the very least there will come courageous change.

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  1. I’m not much into rap, I try to avoid it but this was really good. I had a time in my life that I wandered wanting to escape the life I didn’t want. It took me years to realize I took myself everywhere I went.

    I’m with you, there are no words today that can express how we feel for these families suffering today.

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