Those who told me to quit? Those who said I'm not, nor never will be professional? Those who told me I should show respect? Those who made me feel like shit in the industry because of my colour? Those who mocked my playing and performances week after week? Those who quite literally pulled solos away from me without notice? Those who demoted me in orchestras and ensembles without good reason? Those who tried to sabotage my career with lies and stories and genuinely scarring actions?
…Those who have also suffered the above?
I see you. I see all of you.
I hope you are able to find peace.
This below, is Queen Charlotte's Global Orchestra - 70+ women of colour, performing "If I Ain't Got You" with Alicia Keys. (Full music video now on YouTube, and full playlist on Spotify)
Photo: @thetylertwins - https://www.tylertwins.com/
Alicia Keys with Kris Bowers and Bobbie-Jane Gardner
Conducted by Ofentse Pitse, for @bridgertonnetflix, Shondaland. With huge thanks to Warm Street & Momentum Music Talent Agency
If you need me, I'll be at my desk today, humble AF...