Southern Time was a dream I wanted to realize not long after testing HIV positive for myself and the world ~ to live in peace, prosperity, and harmony ~ for all. At age twenty, as a relatively-privileged Westerner, overnight I experienced seemingly insurmountable destitution and despair. Though I may not have had much time to live, let alone ever love or be loved again, I wanted my life to make a difference, to positively matter.
I started writing songs and eventually wrote a ‘rock opera’, telling how I acquired HIV, and what living with it has been like for me. In 2005, I produced ‘Southern Time’, a multi-media stage production in Vancouver, BC, and have since been aspiring to actualize it in its intended form ~ a cinematic musical docudrama.
This has since led to many iterations and failed attempts, relative to the first production, but the stars weren’t aligned until 2018. The problem was, I was trying to do it mostly all on my own.
I now have a solid team and am about the find the remaining HIV-positive members of the Southern Time Band.
I read a book once saying that ‘HIV was sent to humanity to teach us how to love’. I agree. HIV/AIDS is a story that has the power to change our world. But, how that story turns out, how compassionately we all learn to live with and love each other, will determine what kind of world we leave our children and our collective communities.
With more than half of the Southern Time Band members-to-be being HIV positive, and by freely expressing our songs and stories to the world, we will demonstrate that people living with HIV can be productive, creative, healthy, and contributing members of society. Just like anyone else.