– Bertolt Brecht.
I'm Erika Lundahl - a Seattle songwriter and climate justice activist. THANK YOU for checking out my Patreon page. Patreon is kind of like a garden CSA, it's a way for someone's whole community to support an individual's art/music/cat videos/activism— by pledging a $1 or more per month.
So...What am I about?
I write music and articles about connection to earth, climate change, feminist stuff, movement building, and, in true singer-songwriter fashion, my journey and the people in my world who move me. I play 12-string guitar, and show up at your local Wells Fargo protesting in song the funding of climate disaster. I believe in people-powered movements for change, and that we are all starved for more art, music and culture that reflects the changes that we want to see. Or at least I know I am.
So, WHY SUPPORT ERIKA ON PATREON?[A] Because you like my music and art and want me to make more! With support from my community I can make and share my work more regularly, and with a higher quality.
[B] I have new music that I'm writing all the time; topical songs that I want to share with my community. But it takes time and resources to travel, to properly record, and to carve out those weekday protest hours.
[C] Because you've seen my contributions to the community and believe in what I'm doing! Apart from my own music, I'm also the co-founder of Rolling Crone Records - a nascent Pacific Northwest record company providing support to other artists that want to share their work with the world. Recently we've been working on a collaborative album project called "Protect What You Love" and have been recording and producing songs for others in the climate justice community.
[D] So I can take on new projects. There is so much that I want to do: Hold a 24-hour music creation project with local activists and musicians to create topical music, record old union and protest songs for a new generation of activists, get back out on the road and tour...there's a lot to do, and I know I can do it with your help!
If any of those reasons resonate with you (Which are all kinda the same reason: More Music! More Art!), then please consider supporting my Patreon at a chosen dollar amount per month! I'll make sure you stay up to date with my most recent projects, releases and shows!
More about my journey...In 2015, I biked to the tar sands of Northern Alberta, the third largest reserves of crude oil in the world, as part of The Road to Athabasca, with a collective of artists and storytellers. Along the way we collected stories from people who live along the Trans Mountain oil pipeline - a pipeline that, without fierce opposition, will soon be doubled in capacity (read: BAD NEWS climate bears). You can follow that project here. I will carry the lessons and experiences from that pilgrimage with me for life. Many of the songs in our most recent album project, "Brambles," are attempts to put down what I've been learning.
In the last 4 years I've played hundreds of shows all over the country, including dozens of benefit concerts for climate justice. Here are just a few of the organizations and communities that we have lent our voices to support: Community Alliance for Global Justice, Women of Color Speak Out, the Unistoten Camp, 350 Seattle, the Break Free protests in May 2016, and for Standing Rock Sioux Nation and the #ShutItDown Valve Turners in support of their fight against the Dakota Access pipeline.
I've been wracking my brain over the last few years trying to figure out the "how" of being a musician in the world. How do I bring my activism and music together? What kinds of transformational spaces do we need to create together? There are so many different ways to be a musician in this world, and a person for that matter, but what I know is this:
Only by acting can we make the dangerous realities of our current political and cultural systems seen. Art is the lens by which we can reflect, understand and amplify those actions back to the rest of culture, and heal our hearts in the process.
Thanks for checking out my page!!