While writing Snow Blind I found inspiration for Shale's character from listening to the album Jubilee by Ten Shekel Shirt. The album deals with themes of freedom, forgiveness, redemption and fresh starts. If you read Snow Blind you'll understand why songs like Jubilee, Surprised, Fragile and Love From a Lesser God were perfect for Shale.
Ten Shekel Shirt is headed by Lamont Hiebert. Lamont is also the Co-Founder and Director of U.S. Prevention for Love146 - an international organization working to abolish child sex slavery and exploitation. Many of his songs reflect his commitment to social action and to the restoration of survivors of abuse and exploitation.(Note: Snow Blind is not about child exploitation, but I'm happy to spread the word about a great CD and a worthy cause.)
Recently Lamont launched a new site, which features a video for the song Fragile. In a LOVE146 blog post Lamont explains Although I am a Co-Founder and US Prevention Director for Love146...I long for survivors of every kind to be successful in the restoration process. Unfortunately, one of the greatest challenges we survivors face is the lie of self-blame...If you have information about suspected abuse or exploitation you can find ways to report it at www.itsnotmyfault.org.
Here's a bit from the lyrics of Fragile
Did your angel fall
Did your hero fail
Leave hope without a sail
You are fragile and afraid
Walking a tightrope and trying not to sway
You are fragile and ashamed
But you're not the one who is to blame.
BTW, a simple way of contributing is to use the search engine Goodsearch and select LOVE146 as your charity.