Hi! And welcome to my main site/blog. I’m a proudly Disabled, gender-fluid, ChristoPagan multidisciplinary artist. I mainly podcast and write. Although, I also sing whenever I can! Though, sadly, that’s not nearly as often as I’d like because my Disabilities limit how much I can get out there and gig, thus my doing it mainly online.
All my work – my podcast, my writing, and even my music – is an exploration of the story of The Phantom Of The Opera, especially as embodied in the Lloyd Webber stage-musical (as originally staged and designed by Hal Prince, Maria Bjornson and Gillian Lynn). Because, I’ve been a Phan for decades now! And although it’s taken me a long time to figure out how to articulate it, my passion in life is using my academic training and artistic background to explore and cultivate Phantom as a spiritual praxis for healing and liberation, both personal and collective. I know that might sound a bit weird! But my Phanship has been that for me for many years now, as I said, long before I could actually put it into words. Phantom has deeply shaped and informed my own spirituality and politics! So now I want to share that through my various art media – which have, of course, been thoroughly shaped themselves by the influence of Phantom on my spirituality and politics.
In that vain, I invite you to also check out my other blog over on DreamWidth. There, along with regular life stuff, I share my explorations in cultivating and practicing a NeoPagan path based on Phantom – which I call Spirit and Voice – in the hope, both of its being useful to others, and of connecting with other Phans interested in such a path. I myself practice it as a syncretism with Left/liberation Christianity, but that’s certainly not the only possible configuration! Indeed, that’s one reason why I gave it a space of its own. Because, my own art practice reflects my own peculiar ChristoPagan syncretism. Whereas, the Spirit and Voice path should be accessible to folks with a wide variety of spiritual orientations from exclusively Pagan to syncretized/hybridized with other traditions. So I try over there to present it as accessibly and inclusively as possible, and I hope I succeed! Though, I will sometimes cross-post stuff from that blog here as well.
My podcast, meanwhile, mainly explores the political – exploring both how the Phantom story in its various incarnations manifests intersectionality, and also how it can become a critical tool. It’s in my writing and my music, as alluded to above, where I explore and express Phantom as a spiritual praxis, both on its own and in dialogue/syncretism with Christian traditions.
That all said, though, it’s not always all serious, either around here or in any of my spaces. Sometimes I just like to kick back and have fun as a Phan, because joy, fun and celebration are important, too!
Anyway, if that all sounds weird but interesting, then keep tuning into my various spaces. Although, admittedly, I don’t post or update any of them nearly as often as I ought to! But you can also follow me on my various social media where I try to be better about that. You can like/follow my Facebook, my Twitter, and my podcast’s Twitter. And if you really enjoy/love what you find in any of my work, I’d be eternally grateful for your support on my Patreon! Now, I absolutely get that that’s not an option sometimes. Heaven knows I’ve been there myself! But for those who are able, any contributions will be gratefully accepted. Because, it’s my dream in life to be able to make my living doing this work that I love and believe in!
Thanks, and Amen/Blessed be.