I was walking alone on the ocean

About to BReak

 

Ti Johnson

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I’m from Chicago, LOVE Chicago, hometown Chicago, & a die hard Cubs fan! I’ve lived in Miami, Anchorage, Costa Rica, Los Angeles & now currently in Seattle. I grew up around many different people from different countries. I’ve done a lot of traveling, Canada, Central, South America, Europe & still have trips lined up. I was a teacher-8th grade. I love attitudes, at the beginning of the year my students hated me - at the end I couldn’t get them out of my class room. I’m in remission so children are a no, but my students filled that place in my life & heart. During that last 2-3 weeks of the school year we (teachers) could teach what we wanted. This was the time I could do what I wanted to enlighten my students (I choose music) mentality from just gangster rap and hood life. I would take & make copies of several different songs from different genres i.e. pop, rock, reggae, etc. They all received the same song/lyrics & their assignment was to take each sentence & give me notes of what they understood it meant. At the beginning they booed but they got into it because they loved the conversations we were having, they were surprised how everyone had a different perspective. The communication they began to experience was something that during the year we really didn’t have a chance to explore. At the very end I handed them all the pages that we discussed, one by one I would play the songs….their faces – what a sight! I wish I could go back & take pictures. It really opened their eyes, two artist I want to mention that we studied was 3eb & Tupac. If I recall I mentioned that someone at Berkeley was allowed to teach Tupac 101. I think putting all the instruments aside & just concentrating on the words, students could open their minds to a new point of view that could one day help them in their future to be more sympathetic & not as tunneled vision as the students from the public school systems are being forced to become.

As a First Nation Women, I was not expected to experience the life that I have. But I have held on to our culture, history, ethics & morals. I have 2 tattoos both are a reflection of being a First Nation Person, I have a Medicine Women Band & a Dolphin both deep meanings from my Nation. I am getting a 3eb tattoo to cover ink that was placed on me to accurately have the radiation kill the cancer. Covering it with a 3eb tattoo will help me forget the horrid treatment. Which brings me to the love I have for 3EB. The first time I fell in love with 3EB was June 1997 when Michael Jordan made the last winning shot that won the Championship for the Chicago Bulls! I was screaming, yelling, laughing, jumping up & down collecting my money when I turned back to the TV & I saw Michael start to walk off the court the song “How’s It Gonna Be” came on. I just stood there listening to the song’s lyrics & started to cry, uncontrollably. The song was a perfect ending to a man that is God on the court & this was it he was done. We would never see him play again. I can still remember every second of those last minutes & now all I can do is smile. I was very lucky to see that game & my favorite hometown team go out with a bang. I asked everyone if they knew the song, group etc. Yeah, that group of people I was around had no idea & they didn’t listen to rock. It took me like 2 weeks listening to KROQ for them to play the song & say the group’s name, & I jumped into my Jeep headed to Tower Records & bought the CD.

Third Eye Blind’s music has helped me throughout life. As a First Nation Women who at this point is seeking guidance from the Great Spirit on my next life course, & I am recently single all I can say is Wow! Things have changed, but then again I was lucky enough to have a good life with my University sweetheart he was a Good Man”. I am still in heartache wondering “How’s It Gonna Be without him. Not only did my relationship end but I had to walk away from my teaching career due to a bully & a stalker at the school I taught. I am currently finding a side of myself I never knew existed – the stalker introduced me to fear soWounded”,Get Me out of Here” &Creep”  from Radiohead are the songs I am leaning on. But no one came to my defense “Back down the bully to the back of the bus, because it’s time for them to be scared of us” did not show up. Even my lawyer threw me under the bus. So I guess it’s my time to learn the lesson of overcoming it. If being asked to become a member of this team is my next path? I am all in! It is an honor to work with such amazing people. & maybe with this opportunity not only can I be a great contributor but I might be able to petition Berkeley to teach 3EB 101 since someone had the privilege to teach Tupac 101. To end this All I can say is BRING it! Universe!  #AndI'veneverbeensoalone,AndI'veneverbeensoalive

What I do know is, we’re not done. We are inspired to find something that demands to be heard and share it. We’ve got a long way to go and you are invited to come along.

Thank you to everyone who’s supported us and thank you to the people who are all pissed off because it really does show how passionate you are about this music