CALIFORNIA GOLDEN HEART BEATING IN MY CHEST
When I needed to come up with something to offer for my crowd-funding campaign supporters, I compiled the music made by all the boys and girls I admired. It ended up being 2-disc-compilation album. I borrowed a line from Sean Beaudeaux (Paper Forest)’s song to name the compilation, “CALIFORNIA GOLDEN HEART BEATING IN MY CHEST”, and painted the album art myself. We all lived in the same city, San Diego California. Some of them were very close, lovers and best friends. The houses we lived had characters and names like EAGLES NEST, TREE HOUSE, SPACE HOUSE, MAPLE HOUSE. There was an inspiring intimacy in the community. Now I live in a small nest in Tokyo above COYOTE HOLE. And my golden heart still beats as if time doesn’t mean much. My roots still take water into my system from that particular time that happened in my life.
My crowd-funding was for my writing project. Japan experienced a major nuclear disaster back in 2011. I moved back to Japan in the spring of 2013, determined to do something about it. And I encountered a grassroots movement. People were not just protesting the government or TEPCO. Some people started running for local/national level elections because they wanted to change the politics so bad. Through interviewing and attempting to write portraits of those people, I experienced their bravery, sadness, misery, joy, fear, struggles, hope, love, and life. My writing work, short story collection about post-311 grassroots candidates, is not finished but I will soon.
Enjoy the music
Shoko Hachiya is a friend, artist, musician and dreamer from Tokyo, Japan.
She is the Mouca connection there, a bond that started October 2017 and will reflect from now in music releases, postcards, art, videos and impossible tours!
For more info about Shoko go here!