Brian Coe is a multi-instrumentalist songwriter and social-rights advocate based out of Los Angeles. You can see him currently performing in the Pasadena and Los Angeles areas with his electric or acoustic guitar. He also actively works with communities in need. In 2016 he received the president’s Volunteer Service Award from the Obama administration in recognition for his efforts to help the homeless population in Pasadena, California.
Having started in music as a drummer, Brian’s original songs are often rhythmically centered, utilizing feeling and emotion, with an appreciation for melody and meaningful lyrics. Some influences are, The Beatles, The Doors, Stone Temple Pilots and U2. Visit the blog to check in on Brian’s latest thoughtful observations, and follow Brian on Twitter @briancoe.
Brian has been on a journey to self-awareness for the past twenty-plus years – from out of the depths of depression and addiction, to enlightenment. Such a big change brings many lessons and opportunities. Perspectives shared in Brian’s music, thoughts expressed in his writings, and his community participation all support his humble message of compassionate social reform and personal liberation through self-awareness. What that means, in light of a lifetime journey to self-awareness, is expressed here in the following short message from Brian:
“Greetings everyone. I would like to be upfront and real with you: Life’s been a hell of a ride, to hell and back! It’s a long story, but in one sentence I would like to summarize for you all that I’ve learned: Everything is going to be alright. Yes… Believe it. You know what else? There’s too much fear, everywhere – about ourselves and about each other. It’s crippling us, but it doesn’t have to. It’s our choice. I’ve learned this because I have transformed my life by letting go of what I was afraid of, which was a lot. Here’s another nugget of wisdom I’ve come to realize: even though there is so much bad in the world, it’s not what we are really made of. Humans are basically good, all of us. This means we are all the same…so what are we doing then fighting and hating everywhere? I don’t get it. Since we all have the same basic needs why are we not cooperating to achieve them? What happened to looking after the collective good (general will)? Something is not right, about our leaders and ourselves. I suggest FIRST, we stop fighting each other and focus on our commonalities; THEN, we stop and listen to those Masters who have come before us and taught us the higher values of peace, compassion and kindness. They are the real leaders. This will be tough because we will have to stop ourselves and listen. We will have to be open to learning something new. There is no way around it. We can’t expect to get different results by doing the same things. If we want a better life we must be willing to do the work to break our habitual actions. It starts with the individual. THIRD, we take action to achieve our common goals. It’s simple, but not easy. What are our common goals? We can start with these: Everybody needs healthy food and clean water, a place to live, a basic income, access to health care, social interaction, and time for recreation. That’s the work we should be doing. Why are we doing all this “work” every day in our jobs making other people rich while our very own people – our society – perpetually struggle to survive? Is poverty to last indefinitely? Is homelessness just the way things have to be? Is visiting a doctor a luxury? What about equal justice? We have a responsibility to take care of each other, it’s what is important. When we relearn to connect with each other instead of fear each other we will naturally want to do these things. It’s all very simple, but unfortunately politics and special interests have made it complicated…Let’s raise the expectations we have of our leaders for the kinds of conditions we will accept in our social system! We are all the same, yet all different. That is what makes life interesting and challenging. We have the power, so let’s come together in the name of PEACE, LOVE and MUSIC!….. See you on the world stage. – Brian Coe”