'We Meet Our Grief' is a rapid-response cosmic musical prayer for justice through collective mourning. It conjoins interfaith minister Rev. Rhetta Morgan (vocals) and Astro Nautico co-organizer Bennett Kuhn (production) as The I Rise Project.
In the last 24 hours, 'We Meet Our Grief' was unearthed from a 2017 demo recording, soloed over by Madam Data, and finalized with additional production by Lee Clarke and mastering by Sam O.B. The artwork was cleared in the early morning by photographer Josh Carrigan and dancers Kimya Imani Jackson and Elizabeth Weinstein.
Making 'We Meet Our Grief' was a speedy community affair. Publishing it tonight is intended as Astro Nautico's direct response, as a united community, to the current movement to revolutionize race relations in the United States by defusing centuries of intergenerational trauma caused by white supremacy.
The outrage, anxiety, and heartbreak we feel tonight is sadly not new. Releasing 'We Meet Our Grief' today, years after its conception, is meant as a prayer for a future world in which this particular song has become dated or irrelevant. For now, however, Astro Nautico centers the guiding voice of Rhetta Morgan, the eldest Black woman in our community.
"The dark holds the light. This is how we survive. And thrive. And heal. And liberate. And expand. We meet our grief."
In honor of Rhetta's spiritual activist ministry Ecclesia, ALL SALES of this song will benefit her work. You may also donate to Philadelphia Bail Fund here: www.phillybailfund.org?fbclid=IwAR3…SM8-XT6fAkcls
(If anyone wants to continue this conversation, especially if you consider yourself part of the Astro Nautico community, please reach out to Bennett Kuhn with any questions, concerns or requests for resources: kuhn at astronauti dot co. You will not be ostracized for having a different way of thinking. Astro Nautico is about calling in, not calling out, because your liberation is tied up with ours. Get in con•tact!)
See also 'I Rise' by The I Rise Project (2017)