We, the HitRECord community, have all come here to give and grow and gain. We have sent out our art and started to reap back profits- emotional, financial and otherwise. Let’s reap another kind of profit too- hope. I suggest that we, as a community and company, start contributing a share of our profits to charity.
We could change our profit-sharing to 45-45-10 or some other split. We could suggest charities (edit- similar to re:themes) and Joe could pick or we could vote on the charity via hearts. We could have one group we donate to, multiple groups or could change year to year. There are lots of possibilities but it could be a permanent part of the profit split.
We can give to any type of charity but I personally think it would be apropos to focus on vocational training in artisan crafts. We could help train artists who don’t even know they are artists yet, in villages we’ll never visit, with no internet to see this website and no bookstores selling our books. The song you wrote could teach someone to weave which could send their child to school who could become their representative in government who works for fair trade. The impact of our art could go that far, and beyond.
I realize the paperwork involved may be a pain but our leaders figured out how to put together this whole profit-sharing shebang in the first place so they seem like savvy fellows. (Also, we gave to Japan so we have experience with this charity thing- let's make it permanent). Perhaps this is something we can’t do now- too many new things, too many balls in the air already to add another just yet- but we could do it in the future. But this is a community that isn’t afraid to share and I think we can do this.
We could create art and create hope (at the same time, how beautiful is that?).
This is a transliteration of “hitRECord” into hieroglyphics. The ancient Egyptians believed that when something was recorded it became part of eternity. They therefore recorded everything like crazy, at least the good stuff…famines, plagues and military defeats, eh, not so much. (On the flip side, if something wasn’t recorded it never “really” happened. Due to this belief they tended to “forget” to record the above mentioned defeats/etc and were also big fans of defacing the artifacts of people they didn’t like, in essence erasing their enemies from existence.). Language was art and art was language. Everything in their art and language had meaning and significance because it rippled into eternity.
Some notes for those who might enjoy it:
Aesthetics were very important to Egyptian writing, more important than spelling and grammar even. Shifting around letters and words to make the writing look pretty was completely acceptable. “Pretty”, in hieroglyphics, meant “in nice little boxes”. I’ve written “hitRECord” vertically because it looks prettier this way.
Egyptian writing left out most vowels so there is no “i”. Signs, in order from top to bottom, represent a courtyard (h), loaf of bread (t), mouth (r), double reed (long e), basket (k), lasso (o), mouth (r) and hand (d). The last sign is called a determinative. Because of all the missing vowels, and the rearranging of letters for pretty’s sake, Egyptians added a type of idea-sign (determinative) at the end of each word that hinted (helped you determine) what word they actually meant. This determinative, a man and woman with three plurality strokes, is used for “community”, “family” and the like.
I think that’s it.
(The gads of extra blue are just to keep this record from resizing into something ten feet long. ;-)
When my mom saw the original I made, she requested I make a colored version. Here is my "practice sheet". Now I will do it again in pencils and paints.
"Whoever drinks the water that I give will never be thirsty. The water that I give will become in that person a well of life that lasts forever" -Jesus