We had the good fortune of connecting with Lance Washington and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lance, how do you define success?
I used to define success as an idea in relation to what was around me; a comparison that never fit the standard set for us all but one i was trying to achieve regard of how futile my attempts were. It was only when i decided to change my perspective and find success from within, that it became easier to understand and attain. I think we all have that moment of clarity; the seconds that turn into minutes that form the basis for healthier thoughts and burden-less beings, so the re-defining of success as an inward concept to be found along life’s journey instead of something material is nothing new. I believe we all get there in some form or fashion, before we die. That’s why some of us have regrets… the finality of not meeting an unattainable thing, or the realization that you and yours were played into participating in a game rigged against the masses… that eventuality was one of the catalysts in the redefinition of “success”.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My story is one of many that mirrors the fabric of this nation. Father taken by disease, raised by a working mother, guided by an invisible village my sister and i only now remember fondly. It all sounds so familiar… because in so many ways, we are all on the same arc; a wave length that whispers about what lies over the horizon when you stop listening to what they say you can’t do. They meaning “them”, the voices of unreason, the ones that inhabit loved ones and strangers, who’s story is a painful reminder only shared to selfishly deter from the goal we wake to dream about. What sets me apart is that i stopped believing the lie we were sold by fear and it’s companion, the helpless feeling of being “out of control”, as if we were forever passengers patiently waiting for the ship to sink without a life jacket. Some of us hear it as having to the power to know what we can control and letting go of what we cannot, while others see it as the omnipotent hand that chides us down some divine path unseen by felt. In my interpretation, it is universal truth that the greatest lie one has ever believed is that they are not in control of their own fate, especially when in pursuit of their purpose. You can hear me living and breathing into my purpose when i recite lyrics crafted with the intention to teach and be taught. You can see what i know as true in both your minds eye, and my own; we live under an umbrella of white supremacy, toxic patriarchy, and capitalism but there is equity on the horizon. How we get there isn’t on the backs of the oppressed or on the heads of our idols, but hand in hand as a mass of humanity who has finally tapped into the kind of empathy generational trauma that sadly gifts those with melanin and bodies policed by men. My purpose upon this plane of existence is to inspire. With such a broad spectrum of reason and direction, i’ve only been able to get where i have with the support and patience of mentors and seasonal friendships alike. All built from the understanding that there is a greater calling, not one given or bought, but the one found within that we all seek to attain and maintain. Nothing in this life is linear aside from the cycle of life, and even then, is it really?
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We’re taking shrooms and walking Griffith Park or finding the best fried fish spot in LA (what up Mel’s). I’m also a wine and jazz in the park kind of guy, so thats a must. I also have a past time of being high and smelling like LOUD in predominantly white and or gentrified spaces. Just to remind them we exist, and we been existing. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I dedicate this Shoutout to the people who propped this kid up musically for as long as they could until i grew wings strong enough for these west coast winds. The Lasso and Deep Greasy, Andy Catlin and Chris Pierce respectively. Early on, i was a soul with words and no direction or purpose; led by many examples of people who were also on their way but had no time to be a wholly good person. Creating the language of the world in the form of music with these two people has been life saving and inspirational beyond measure; being in congress with such unique and wholesome individuals reminds me how easy it is to walk this earth with goodness, yet we make it so hard.
Katie Burkholder Hilary Kathleen Josh Wallace