I should tell you that they found him. I should mention that moments before the detective called me and I held my breath and then released it all as if I had been holding it in for months and not seconds, an old friend texted me for the first time in months. He said amazing things and then he sent me a Maya Angelou poem, Still I Rise, as if reminding me I have strength. I should tell you that I paced the hall, that I cried, that I told my boss everything because I could. I should tell you that she said “You and me, we’re tough girls. It’s hard being a tough girl, but it’s better than not,” and that was one of the first times I felt good about my inner self. I no longer wanted the world to see my vulnerability. I knew it was there. I wanted to move on. I should tell you that I went to the police station with my mother and I am lucky for that. I should tell you that it was not perfect, but it was not difficult. I had given voice to my truth and then, I refused to let it overpower me. I could do this because I had already done it to friends and family and here, with you.
Finding the right scene is definitely difficult. And Chicago is an interesting place in that scenes are less clear and much smaller. As well, because this is a city of neighborhoods and a community-rooted town, people are much more likely to stick to their own and to avoid change.
With that scene, there are folks definitely making the sort of music you’re interested in. Off the top of my head, I’m thinking of The GTW, Dre Green, The-Drum and M&O.
Since I’m not a musician, I don’t personally know how to break into those scenes, but I think the best option is reaching out online, through social media, and by just attending events.
Cubicolor’s music is like the break of light after a dark, gloomy day. It is perfect. I’m glad you enjoyed it!