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A natural-born storyteller with the polish of an accomplished actress and the authentic edge of a seasoned blues musician.

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Music is the art form we turn to when we need to build bridges and make ourselves plainly understood.

In January 2020, the United States was in crisis. The president was holding vital defense support to Ukraine hostage as a means of coercing their government into investigating the son of a political rival.

My civil disobedience action inside the Senate’s Russell Rotunda – performing Sara Bareilles’ “Brave” in an area where protest is strictly forbidden – was a call on Republican Senators to join Democrats in voting to remove that corrupt president from office.

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Everyone You’ll Be EP • Studio Album Release Date: Feb 2024
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Boston8/7/23TBABerklee Performance Center*
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My name is Tae Phoenix and my favorite party game is “two truths and a lie.” See if you can guess which is which:

The answer is in the footer of the website.

My work is about themes that everyone can relate to on some level: rejecting conformity, embracing authenticity, and finding the connections between healing ourselves and building the world we want.

Sometimes, when I’m stuck on where a musical idea belongs, I’ll write lyrics from the perspective of a fictional character and see where that takes me. I love this approach because I tend to obsess over stories: telling them, absorbing them, analyzing them. It doesn’t really matter as long as I’m immersed. I’ve written songs that started out as screenplays and the beginnings of musicals that I originally thought were novels. It all makes me ridiculously happy.

My favorite thing about using music as a storytelling vehicle is that a well-timed and well-written song can convey a tremendous amount of information just with the placement of a quarter note rest. I learned this the first time I performed in a Sondheim show. (“Into the Woods.”) I looked at the score, thought, “wow! It’s turtles all the way down, “and never looked back.

The performing arts world is a wonderful place for many reasons, but it’s also not an easy space for me to enter. As an Autistic, I get easily overwhelmed by loud, chaotic environments like music clubs. In a people-oriented business, missing a social cue, facial expression, or change in tone of voice can have implications that aren’t always obvious in the moment. One of my goals as I work in this space is to build more inclusive and accessible spaces for “neuro-spicy” artists and our supporters.



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On Many Sides: Punching Nazis & The Importance of Nonviolent Resistance

I’ve rethought this somewhat. Read my update here.

Dear Black Bloc,

I don’t need to tell you how important it is that we win this fight for the soul of America. The future of humanity is at stake. I agree with your mission, but I cannot condone your methods.

A movement that remains peaceful in the face of violence has a moral high ground that’s impossible to call into question. That doesn’t mean we have to sit quietly and take a beating. If you want to show up with your home-brew shields and protect the vulnerable from the violent, I’ll be right there next to you.

But I draw the line at looking for a fight like I saw some of you do this weekend in Seattle. The minute anyone gets video of violent clashes between black bloc and Nazis, we give their leaders the ammunition to say, “we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.

Obviously, this is a false equivalency. One side is engaging in acts of assault and battery, the other is perpetuating a centuries-long legacy of systemic white supremacy, colonialism, slavery, and genocide. Antifa comes equipped with two-by-fours and wooden shields. Nazis show up with assault weapons and kevlar. There’s no equivalency here. We should not make it easy for them to draw one.

Our best strategy for future actions is to outnumber the Nazis so thoroughly that they turn tail and run. When you start fights, you deter the young, the elderly, the disabled, and people of color from joining us in the streets. You also make it easy for privileged old white people who are ideologically aligned but not directly impacted to make excuses for staying home and we need them to show up because they’re the ones the police will serve and protect.

Finally, we have a moral imperative that goes way beyond optics. Our whole reason for existing is to refuse to dehumanize anyone, and that includes Nazis. When we go out of our way to punch Nazis, we become what we deplore. We may win some skirmishes with fists and two-by-fours, but we will not win our fight for the soul of this country if we sink to their level.

Please, at least think this over. No matter what you decide, please take good care. You’re human and valuable. You’re somebody’s baby. Never forget it.

I love you,

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