Tessa Lena is a strongly opinionated singer and musician living in New York. Her background is in classical piano, linguistics, computers, ethnomusicology, and Tibetan studies. She fronts Tessa Makes Love.

Robots are on her $hit list, and this blog is about not taking $hit from the machine.

#ProperBlog

Tessa Fights Robots: the Album

For some time, I lived with the assumption that women sing and write songs, and men produce and engineer. I don’t know why I assumed that, I guess I assumed what I saw.

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Commercialism

I want to scream about how murderous commercialism is to a live human spirit. We are trained not to notice, but underneath the “how are you fine thanks”, souls are crying. Especially if you are an artist doing something original.

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My Open Letter to Peter Sunde, Founder of Pirate Bay

I recently read Peter Sunde’s statement of giving up, and I was touched. Pirate Bay has caused (and is causing) a lot of havoc, and there is no way around that. But when I read Peter’s letter, I saw a fellow human. Here’s what I have to say in response. I think it’s important.

Peter, I look in your eyes and I think you are a good man. You mean well, and you believe in what you say. That, in my eyes, demands respect. But you are also a confused man, and your philosophy is causing harm.

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My response to “The Creative Nonpocalypse”

Were tech “disruptors” the first ones to eat artists for breakfast?

No, but their method is particularly cruel and particularly dissonant to people with a strong sense of artistic mission and dignity.

Their version of progress is not the only one out there. It is important to remember that.

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#DailyThoughts

I Don’t Like It When You Ask Me to Put My Hands Up in the Air

Story. Last week, I was watching a friend’s very awesome band, and towards the end of the night, as usual, it got to the part where the band is expected to engage in Pavlonian behavioral transformations (“Say this, say that…I can’t hear you! Now put your hands up in the air… not enough hands in the air, now dance”, etc.).

That part of any live performance drives me nuts, every time. I feel violated, annoyed, depressed, aloof, frustrated, and existentially unsatisfied. I watch a room of adults turn into eager puppets, and I think to myself, “Why are you treating adults like children? And what happened to the truth?!” So I stand there and feel like I want to go back to my planet.

But then something funny happens.

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Part 2 of 1000: Political correctness

The problem of free speech vs. political correctness is not framed correctly, I am pretty sure about that. The real problem is the algorithmic approach that does not solve shit. In real human life, for every word, there is context. You don't talk to a strong person...

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A Non-Partisan Rant about Compassion (part 1 of 1000)

It is not about democrats vs. republicans, or Trump vs. Obama, or racist misogynists vs. lazy entitled millennials. I think that in the heart of hearts, it is about people who are willing to do work in order to remain whole and human (regardless of political camp, race, gender, and nationality), vs. people who don’t bother.

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A Universal Facebook Status

‘If you disagree with me, you are poorly informed, delusional, and possibly an idiot. Do what I say, don’t irritate me. You don’t want me to hate you, do you?’

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Tessa is a strongly opinionated singer and musician living in New York. Her background is in classical piano, linguistics, computers, ethnomusicology, and Tibetan studies. She fronts Tessa Makes Love.

Robots are on her $hit list, and this blog is about not taking $hit from the machine.