Where Music Meets Social Justice
Last Thursday night I had the amazing opportunity to speak at a Middle Child Collective event, which at first I thought was a music jam but boy it is so much more!
The name derives from the idea that New Zealand is the middle child in the global family, and our ‘brothers and sisters’ struggling in countries less fortunate than us need our help. How cool is that!
So each month, the event is themed around a social justice issue. They feature some amazing up and coming talented musicians and raise awareness towards the cause. Funds raised from the door charge goes toward a chosen charity, which we were stoked to be for the month of August.
Abby, Matt and Lydia are the spunky young adults behind Middle Child Collective and I think they’re pioneering something really special here.
Everything about the night was so my cup of tea!
Held in the basement of The Upper Room church in Newmarket – It felt like I had walked into a New York graffiti artist’s studio / underground indie gig – such an epic grungy rustic street vibe.
A super high wooden ceiling, concrete floor and beams, make-shift lamps, brick walls lavished with graffiti contrasted with tea light candles and fairy lights. Beanbags and shabby couches huddled in front of the midnight blue stage. Mini blackboards with inspiring quotes and human trafficking facts made me grin from ear to ear – I’m tad obsessed with mini blackboards at the moment. Especially ones with cool messages on them. Oh and of course the crowd fit the part too – hipsters dressed in skinny-skinny jeans, denim jackets, beanies…you get the gist.
Musicians Ruby Walsh and Anthony James “Antz” filled the air with such soothing and soulful acoustic vibes… I could listen to them all night long. It was a real treat to hear lyrics with such depth and meaning – a real mix of art, contemplation and conviction.
I especially enjoyed Anthony James when he played his guitar AND harmonica at the same time! Pure genius. I wish I took a photo but my phone battery had run out by then. His final song ‘South Sudan’, inspired by his family moving over there to do medical work was my fave. He took us on a journey to this warn torn country battling famine and conflict – we need more purposeful music out there I reckon.
So the night was one full of great conversations, music and thought beyond us. It was so encouraging to see the enthusiasm and passion behind these young adults and I am truly grateful I could get alongside their vision and support a group of people living for more than just themselves.
I want to say a massive “THANK YOU” to Middle Child Collective for having me! Huge kudos to Lydia, Matt and Abby in helping to raise awareness about Destiny Rescue and to the Upper Room for providing the space where community and social change can be created. Everyone should definitely make an effort to get along to the next one!
If you have an event you would like to invite us to, we’d love to join you. Please get in touch!