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IntentionEcho Cain
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Spoken Word Modal Jazz

Instruments Used:


Alto Saxophone



[Jazzy keyboard in min 7th chords and saxophone introduces the song]


My name is Echo Cain. I am a musician, ecologist, dancer, artist, playwright, actor, philosopher, spiritualist, anarcho-communist, and human being.


I am non-binary and use they/them pronouns.


My race is perceived by society as white.

Ethnically, I am an admixture of most of Europe.


I grew up in a middle class living situation in suburban Cincinnati.


I'm 22 years old and care deeply about civil rights, humanitarian crises, ecological crises, forming sustainable communities, critiquing power structures, creating art, and interdisciplinary academics. 


I stand in opposition to capitalism, racists, fascists, classists, sexists, ageists, plutocrats, homophobes, transphobes, xenophobes, and injustice of all kinds.

I believe that a society has the ability to create and sustain equitable power structures that promote a representative distribution of its populace within that structure.

Most of all, I am a humanist.


Throughout this album, I speak from many perspectives: white, black, poor, rich, and more. 




Trigger Warning for the Following Subjects:

Trauma, Racism, Corruption, White Supremacy, White Privilege Alcohol, Slavery, and Violence


This work of musical art is firstly dedicated to the Critical Race Theorist, Derrick Bell, and his seminal work, Silent Covenants.

Most of the concepts discussed in this album derive from Silent Covenants. I take credit only for my interpretations and musical arrangements of these ideas, not the ideas themselves.


I urge folx to read the book, either before or after listening to this album. Further reading and education on these topics is highly encouraged. 


I will now list several Black Rights Activists, poets, musicians, and writers that have influenced me and are certainly worth reading and listening to.

These include, but are certainly not limited to: Assata Shakur, Malcolm X, the Black Panther Party, Toni Morrison, Gil-Scott Heron, Zora Neale Hurston, W.E.B. DuBois, Angela Davis, Toni Cade Bambara, Frederick Douglass, Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, countless other Jazz, Funk, and Rap Musicians, and, of course, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Furthermore, there are many more amazing black thinkers to engage with in a multiplicity of academic fields. 


If you don't have a lot of time, a good place to start is the 10-point program, created by Huey P. Newton and the Black Panther Party in 1966.

It outlines the very basics of what Black People in America needed at that historical moment and has only increased in relevance over time.


I begin this intention statement with a push to read and listen to the voices of People of Color due to my positionality as a white person.


My experiences of these racialized, American issues are necessarily limited. They are primarily founded on research, my engagement in Critical Race Theory classes, and personal conversations with People of Color.


My rationale for this album's formation is my love of Black Resistance movements and my support for Black Lives Matter.


The systems of governance that are present in America are unsustainable, unethical, and dangerous in a humanitarian sense. We must create a new path.


This album's primary purpose is to act as a more accessible entry point for white people that are unaware of the systemic racism present in America and uneducated in the basics of Critical Race Theory.

Music allows for an empathic response about subject matter that cannot be as easily maintained in a book, especially non-fiction books (like Silent Covenants). This Emotion-based approach yields good results due to the relative lack of logic that must be understood before beginner-level comprehension is attained. 


It is this album's objective to get white people more comfortable hearing about and talking about systemic racism.

To paraphrase Malcolm X, we gotta work our own people!


Most white people require an entry point from within their own community in order to gain interest in Critical Race Theory.

For some people, that might be an intervention due to racist behavior.

Others may simply become friends with a Person of Color. Yet others may take a class on a whim.


In the age of digital media, this album can serve this purpose, leading more white people to investigate the subject of Black Civil Rights in more depth and to question prevailing power structures more frequently and rigorously.


It is not the role of BIPOC to educate white people on their own historical trauma and the continuance of that trauma into the modern day.

White people like myself must educate their own communities, critique their own leaders and institutions. If we are ever to make the dream of liberty a reality, we all must do the work, not just People of Color.


The European immigrants of America have been misinformed on racial issues due to an insulatory system of propaganda and suppression of minoritized voices for hundreds of years.


My goal is to educate white people on historical covenants that created hierarchies benefiting them over People of Color.

The more white people that speak to their own community about systemic racism and injustice increases the likelihood that those in power will listen due to the uneven balance of importance given to white voices.


Special thanks go to Dr. Tashal Brown, Derrick Bell, the Education and Black Studies Departments of Denison University, Black Activists everywhere, the Black Lives Matter Movement, my parents, and my community of friends.

Thank you for your continued support in this unimaginably strange time. Be safe out there and go forth in furthered education.


[The saxophone and keyboard play off each other through the outro]


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