I started writing songs for this album over a year ago, but the story, the REAL STORY, begins not with a song, but with a conversation...
Several months ago, I posted this on my blog:
“Last Spring, I embarked on a great adventure. Packing my ukulele, a battery-powered keyboard, and my songwriting journal, I spent a week alone camping in the remote red rock desert of Southern Utah. No internet, no cell phone service, and not a soul for miles – except for rattlesnakes (I saw three!) and a chorus of coyotes that howled every night. It was magical. ”
However, shortly after returning to my home in the mountains, something changed. The hot summer days felt colder as the climate of my country became increasingly charged with negativity. The atmosphere of divisiveness and fear found its way into my music.
One morning, I woke up with a song in my head. ‘Slow The Devil’ was a gift from the songwriting gods and the closest thing I’ve ever written to a protest song. I realized that the music was helping me through these dark times of uncertainty and disconnect.”
Shortly after publishing that blog post, I learned that one of my friends, a key member of my creative team with whom I've enjoyed working for years and for whom I have massive amounts of respect and trust, was on the opposite side of the political spectrum from me. I had to ask myself some hard questions. I’ve declared that my goal is to help create Unity, but will my song only create further divisiveness? As an artist, I refuse to compromise, but is there a bigger and more important message here?
So, I did something I’d been dreading – I spoke with my friend, and despite my trepidation, we had a great conversation! One thing he said particularly resonated with me: “We may have voted differently, but at the heart of everything, we are more alike than we are different.” When I thought about the way he and I live our lives, and the interests we share, I knew he was right.
We can have causes we stand for and opinions we hold dear, but that one crucial conversation with my friend reminded me how much we need to LISTEN to one another. What we really need is understanding: finding common ground through conversation.
My last album was about loving what makes you different. In the past two years that conversation has evolved and deepened. Slow The Devil is a call for Unity & Connection, through not only loving what makes you different, but loving what makes others different as well. ‘Unity’ doesn’t mean we should all be the same. Unity is about celebrating diversity! Each of us is a unique blend of biological inheritance and personal experience, yet as my friend said, “At the heart of everything, we are more alike than we are different.”
**I'm currently running a Kickstarter to raise funds to release and promote the new album. Pre-order Slow The Devil through this campaign to help me get my music and message out into the world: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/629885626/robyn-cage-slow-the-devil **