Eddie’s Blog . #01
Last month the three of us here at Icarus were chatting about Trayvon Martin, and the current attempts to obstruct African Americans from voting. It made us sad. We were all old enough to remember the 60’s. Then we realized most folks weren’t.
That’s when our Production Manager, Dawn, mentioned her friend Micheaux Fortson, who, as UrbanVoodoo, often addressed these topics in his Spoken Word pieces. “You simply have to collaborate!” she said.
That was the day Selma was born.
We imagined Selma as a young Black girl growing up during those turbulent times — a personification of the Civil Rights movement.
I took the lead, quickly drafting an aching Blues piece over Hip Hop drums. I left it sparse — more room for Selma’s story. We sent the music to Micheaux, who worked up the words. A week later, he came in to record them, bringing along Nayla Ware for backing vocals. In some ways, Nayla is the voice of Selma; Micheaux the brains, and I the heart. For the video, Marta Victoria jumped in, forming the poetry-captioned slide show from historical pictures.
It is our genuine hope that Selma, an old Southern lady describing her experiences to today’s generation, gives a renewed voice to the Civil Rights movement. Because sometimes it is important to remember.