“I literally haven’t thought about food or my body since this began,” said local harpist Kelsea Little from day four of the Occupy San Diego demonstrations downtown on October 11. “It’s like I finally remembered there are things much larger on this Earth that I care about more than my weight or how I look.”
Joining other local musicians such as members of Liquid Blue and the Hoot Nannys, Little says, “I researched the hell out of this before I decided to attend the first night, and even then I only went to observe and listen.... There is only so much you can learn by reading about a movement that is driven by live gatherings.”
So what, in Little’s view, is the Occupy [fill in your city here] movement all about?
“The collective is still trying to decide exactly what we are because, as you’d expect, there are many differing opinions on that, but the general overtone is the same: justice and equality. And love, really. But these are more general emotive feelings among the group rather than set goals.
“It is not a communist movement, I can assure you of that. There are scattered communist thinkers, sure, but there are also those in favor of a free market. I’m sure you’d easily find someone with your exact economic values. It is absolutely not a movement about government flattening society.... There are a lot of old people and middle-aged people and black people and white people and rich people and poor people and homeless people and curious people and Democrats and Republicans and free partyists and anarchists and a whole mess of political affiliations I’ve never even heard of.”
As for what it isn’t, “It’s not a bunch of people sitting around shouting, ‘Down with the man, power to the people,’ followed by cheers and high-fives and joints and stuff. That’s how it’s being sold.... I haven’t even marched at all. I don’t have a sign I’m holding or anything. I haven’t shouted once. But I’ve talked and listened, and talking and listening is where it begins.
“If I disagree with something, and I do often, I put my name down to speak, wait my turn, and speak it. The process is so democratic and interesting and civil, mostly. The kinks are still being worked out...changing the world will take a hell of a lot longer than four weeks.”
Kelsea Little’s debut full-length (Personal Myth) drops December 3, with a release party at Lestat’s.