I had no idea how deeply I am apart of systemic racism until now

I’m a privileged white gay American man — previously unaware of how deeply I am apart of systemic racism in this country. That said, I want to share all that I have learned this week about racial inequality, systemic oppression, and white supremacy in America.

I’m sharing this vital information…

Confronting “My Hero, The Enemy”

I’ve seen better days
And brighter dreams
Even in the throes of desire before you
I’ve grown melodies and poetry
Higher than I ever thought I could grow
Still, you’re my hero
You’re my hero, the enemy

*Lyrics from “My Hero, The Enemy” by Gregory Douglass

I use to make…

“The Great Wide” potential of strength in numbers

Long the days
Long the river wide
Fleeting is the time
And so it is

New terrain
Magnificent horizons
More than meets the eye
And so it is

*Lyrics from “The Great Wide” by Gregory Douglass

Believe it or not, I starred in a scripted “reality” web TV show alongside…

Adapting to the “Automatic Children”

Make way for the automatic children
Because we’ll fight, and we’ll fight
Until the death of it
With raging, semi-automatic reason

*Lyrics from “Every Evening After” by Gregory Douglass

I’ve always worn the word “indie” like a badge of honor. I’ve been a pioneer of the indie music movement throughout…

Lessons from “The Lion Keeper”

The lion keeper is still asleep
From this bird’s eye
Promises made
The lines we cross
The lion’s open mouth is calling you

*Lyrics from “Every Evening After” by Gregory Douglass

I was writing songs, recording albums, and touring all over the country throughout my 20’s — and I was…

My “Black Lung” wake-up call

Black lung, slowing down in a fragile body
Black lung, I’m not afraid to die
I’m afraid of living

*Lyrics from “Black Lung” by Gregory Douglass

I loved smoking cigarettes in high school.

I loved it so much that I sobbed hopelessly one day as I drove through the village…

Bringing it on back to “The Garden”

Just let me go, now let me go
Back to where I started
Just let me go, now let me go
Back to the garden

*Lyrics from “The Garden” by Gregory Douglass

I was such a prima donna as a kid. I loved to act, sing, create, direct, and star…

Why we “Complain” and what we can learn from it

I want to live out for the moment
I want to live out for the day
But my heart is on fire
And I’m waiting in line
So I only complain

*Lyrics from “Complain” by Gregory Douglass

I use to have a recurring nightmare about Freddy Krueger when I was…

What changed when I said “Enough With This”

We always were two birds of a feather
Born to live and die here together
How you thought you were always so clever

*Lyrics from “Enough With This” by Gregory Douglass

When a major management opportunity came my way, I thought my life was about to change for the better…

Gregory Douglass

Singer/songwriter, creative alchemist, and crusader of truth at gregorydouglass.com & patreon.com/gregorydouglass.

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