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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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Featured Track: “I wanna see you be brave.”

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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Tae Phoenix · The Girls You'll Be Demos
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Boston8/7/23TBABerklee Performance Center*
Boston8/8/233:30pmCafe 939
New York8/14/236pmRockwood Music Hall
Washington, DC8/17/232-4pmWOWD Radio
Reston, VA8/18/236pmLake Anne Plaza
* I am a backup singer as part of a larger ensemble.

Bio / Artist Statement

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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Why the resistance needs to stop relying on Facebook to organize, and what we should use instead.

I created my first Facebook account in 2006, as soon as it became available for anyone with a pomona.edu e-mail address. For many years, I thought it was the coolest thing ever. Facebook became like a multimedia diary where I could share photos and pour out my feelings about mental health, relationships, politics, and more and get immediate feedback and support from my far-flung network of friends. It was wonderful.

Ten years later, things had changed radically. In the political pressure cooker of those awful days, I spent hours each day on Facebook (and Twitter) ranting into the echo chamber. Despite the polling, I had a great deal of fear that Trump was going to win. What I saw on Facebook fueled those fears, which in turn prompted me to share more outrage. We now know that dynamic, amplified across millions of people, contributed hugely to the outcome of the election.

I deleted my ten year-old Facebook account on November 10, 2016. I still had a dummy profile in place so that I could manage my fan page, but I didn’t go near the site for months. I started spending more time on Twitter, which is a more constructive echo chamber because I’m less likely to see fake news promoted into my feed and I can more carefully tailor who I hear from and on what topics. Perhaps more importantly, Twitter doesn’t proliferate “personality quiz” applications that app developers can use as a pretext to access behavioral information and develop a psychographic profile.

I eventually, grudgingly, returned to using my dummy profile because participating in the resistance seems to require it. When you ask about the details of a protest, most people will direct you to a Facebook event page. Facebook groups for Indivisible, Refuse Fascism, and Poor People’s Campaign are all sources of invaluable and up-to-the-minute information. And yes, there is still the occasional funny cat video.

But I have to ask: why are we still feeding the Facebook beast so much information about our politics; and how might that be used to manipulate us further during the next election cycle? Before you tell me about how Facebook is cleaning up its act, please remember that the only incentive they have to do so is our behavior. We have to vote with our feet and stop giving them so much information they can monetize if we want them to change. As my good friend Baratunde Thurston recently wrote, “Facebook investigating app makers for data abuse is like Breaking Bad’s Walter White investigating Jesse for all that meth he made in Walter’s lab using Walter’s scientific knowledge.”

The resistance needs to make a conscious, intentional change to using Facebook less and other platforms more. Here are three tools I think we should be looking at.


Mastodon is an open-source, user-controlled alternative to other social networks. You can use it to build a private or secret group, or to build an open community around a particular topic. It also has a lovely anti-Nazi feature that tops anything either Facebook or Twitter has in the way of abuse controls.


Slack is a great way to organize ongoing organizational conversation, with subgroups for specific topics. We use it as a leadership organizing tool for Seattle Indivisible and I’d love to see more groups move towards using it for both formal discussion and informal information sharing.


Anything you say online can be subpoenaed via the company that built the tool you’re using to communicate, but Signal offers end-to-end encryption, which means that not even the developers themselves could access what you’re saying. This is a great tool for intentionally keeping 1:1 and small group communication away from prying eyes.

2 responses to “Why the resistance needs to stop relying on Facebook to organize, and what we should use instead.3 min read

  1. I tend to agree that finding alternatives to FB is the safe thing to do. I cannot really comment on your alternatives. I do use Signal for sensitive communication, and I like it. But it does not take the place of FB. I TEND to think using some smaller alternative to FB might be best. The “big brother” aspect of FB is greatly diminished when using any program with far freer users. I would happily pay $10/mo, or so, for use of some such.program. Csn any program that gets its revenue from ads be trusted in the long run? My 2 cents.

    • I think you’re absolutely right. Anything ad-supported means that you are the product, not the customer.

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