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 incredible 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. Rehearsing, composing, performing, touring and recording will begin in earnest in 2019.
And, in regards to my relationship with HIV, with the latest scientific advances in HIV science, I may very well live a normal lifespan, and will not infect my partner. I have now found love.
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 being HIV positive, and by freely expressing our songs and stories to the world, we will demonstrate that people living with HIV can indeed be productive, creative, healthy, and contributing members of society.
WHAT IS “LOST IN LOVE NO MORE”?
‘Lost in Love No More’ will be a concept album released by the Southern Time Band December 1st, 2019 in Toronto, Canada which explores what living with HIV has been like for a group of 4 unique individuals. The album will also serve as an overture to the lead singer’s cinematic rock opera, ‘Southern Time’, of which the preproduction of the first film of the trilogy will begin in 2020.
Living with HIV has been an extraordinary challenge for most people who have tested positive, from one degree to another. But with progress in HIV science over the years, HIV-positive people now have the possibility of living a normal lifespan and rearing healthy kids, and without the fear of infecting anybody. Only stigma and the lack of public willingness and from the powers that be remain to finally end AIDS.
‘Lost in Love No More’ will challenge this negative paradigm by showing the world that people living with HIV can be productive, creative, healthy, and contributing members of society. Just like anyone else.