Brian Coe is a multi-instrumentalist songwriter and social activist based out of Los Angeles. Currently, he can be seen performing in the Pasadena and Los Angeles areas with his electric or acoustic guitar. He also works with communities in need, earning the president’s Volunteer Service Award in 2016 from the Obama administration in recognition for his efforts in serving the homeless population living in and around Pasadena, California.
Having started in music as a rock drummer, Brian now composes guitar-based rock and pop songs with an appreciation for melody, rhythm and meaningful lyrics. Some influences are: The Doors, The Beatles, Stone Temple Pilots and U2. Visit his blog to check in on some of Brian’s other subjects of interest outside of music, including philosophy, spirituality and social topics. Follow Brian on Twitter @briancoe.
Brian has been on a journey to self-awareness for over twenty years. There have been many jobs and experiences, but they don’t compare to the work that it takes to know yourself. To come out of the depths of depression and addiction to achieve enlightened self-awareness is a big change that brings many lessons and opportunities. It makes other things that might occupy a typical “bio” page seem not really that important anymore, and therefore Brian’s choice is to focus on a positive message of compassionate social reform and personal liberation through self-awareness.
“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”