We had the good fortune of connecting with Root Hub and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Root, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk is where magic and timing hang out, and so does calamity. For me, I risk success and failure every time I attempt and INSTANT ANTHEM for an individual, group, or myself. INSTANT ANTHEMS are pocket sized theme songs created through immediacy and collaboration. I ask for a few nouns and verbs that will be included in the song. Within moments the new song is born, wholly unique and personalized. This has led me to countless intersections of magic and timing. I’ve built a large part of my life on this process. To take a calculated leap of faith and grab it by the throat, this is living. This is creation. This is where art lives.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I could not hear when I was born. I had an operation at the age of two that allowed me to hear for the first time. Now I am music. So much of my life is in a musical orbit. Every day I wake and make up a song about how my day will be. So many times I have smiled at the end of the day thinking about how what I sang came to be reality. I spent years of my life as a professional singer songwriter. Over the years that has evolved into my INSTANT ANTHEMS project. I have created thousands of personalized songs for multitudes of people I come across. These songs are created immediately in the moment. It’s like a magic trick. Only, the person on the other end of the song has a hand in where the song will go. It’s their adventure to choose as they give me nouns and verbs that will be included in the song. It doesn’t matter if it’s high level executives that I am working with, or strangers packed into a car on a train going from Agra to Varanassi. Every song is a gift. I learned that my cosmic vault of experience and amplifying other peoples stories was more valuable to me than material possessions. It’s allowed me to travel light with few attachments. I figure if I can take the boot of stress off someones neck for three minutes with a INSTANT ANTHEM, that helps them be here now, and that makes the world a more interesting place. I want the world to know that they can text two nouns and a verb to 808-291-6099 and before they know it, they’ll receive a text with their song attached. True Story!
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?
I live on a farm in a very special place in Hawaii. Most of the time, my guests arrive with a plan to see all the things that they’ve read about. It’s such magic place though that eventually all they want to do is be on the farm and engage with this local place. We may go down to the beach and watch the sunrise, then take a dip. Back to the farm where I’ll prepare a simple farm based breakfast and we’ll sing about what we ant from the day. Then it’s on to participating in a myriad of fun, Surf, hike, diving, waterfall showers and rainbow chasing. By the time the sun is going down, we’ve got a fire going and a special meal cooked over the open flames while we sing about how great the day was or how we’re gonna chase shooting stars in the field. Elegant simplicity abounds and satisfies here.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to give some accolades to two women who saw something in me. Something I did not yet see in myself. Elena Brower and Erica Jago. These two incredible humans pushed me to grow beyond the construct I had built around myself as a musician. I had been stuck in a self written performative role. Only singing songs about my own experience. They both saw that there was much more to the gift that I have than I was aware of. They pulled me into a world were I could grow and become a musician of service. They are both experts in their field and encouraged me to become a facilitator of my SONGRISER workshop. This is a practice that I like to call sonic vision boarding. I help people sing their life into being. They amplify their own story and are supported in a one of a kind experience. I would not be able to do this without the strength and wisdom of these two women. My life is fundamentally more fulfilled from knowing Erica and Elena.