Manual Step Into My Soul

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Just an actor on a stage. Socially-constructed layers of maleness applied throughout the years had hidden the real person, leaving her unable to experience life. Eight years ago I began to deconstruct the facade. To step away from the persona.

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To uncover the woman who had always been there. Much has changed over the last eight years. For me, stepping into the sunlight meant stepping into the light of God's love.

Removing the male costume allowed my soul to experience the light, the life, and the love. Time has healed some of the scars.

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Love has reconstructed much of the pain into purpose and passion. Life hit the ground running. Light has become a place of familiarity, rather than an unimaginable dream. To deny authenticity to a person whose gender does not align with their assigned sex is an act of violence; a crime against humanity.

We have assigned binary rules to a non-binary world and when transgender human beings are denied the ability to embrace our authentic gender, all of humanity pays the price. There would have been no way for me to completely understand that which had been stolen from me - not by the laws of nature, not by the laws of God, but by the rules and roles of an unknowing world - until I stepped out of the darkness and into the light.

I had no concept of living.


I had no concept of light. I only knew that I was in pain. Suffering the emptiness of flesh without soul. Longing for something I could never have been truly able to imagine. I had no reference point for what living authentically would be like. Today, authenticity is something I wake up to each morning.

Many are the mornings that I break into tears as I realize that no force of this world can possibly place me back into the darkness. And the peace, truth, and correctness in my soul tells me that no force of God's world ever had any intent for me to be in the darkness in the first place. When people give breath to the notion that transgender human beings should not be able to embrace our authenticity, I have complete understanding of what this means to us. I have that understanding because I have lived in the darkness created by their ignorance, arrogance, and unfounded fears.

I have that understanding because I have lived in the light where their fears are exposed for what they truly are - empty, heartless, lies. In the final analysis, the question is not if you can wrap your head around a person whose gender doesn't align with their assigned sex. The question is if you can wrap your head around the fact that denying us our authenticity is killing us - mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and physically.

So when I am asked about reconciling my faith with my gender, anticipate that I will ask in turn if you know how many transgender women of color have been murdered already in I will ask how do you reconcile your faith with the fact that nearly half of transgender teenagers will attempt to end their lives because they can't live authentically. Eight years ago, I walked into the light. Step Inside My Soul doesn't quite suggest Polydor buried future classics so much as held the reins too tightly, preventing a bunch of excellent smooth soul, funk, and proto-disco acts from either breaking out of their region or even establishing deep roots within their states.

Every cut here -- all released between and , with most bunched around , thereby existing during disco without quite riding the Zeitgeist -- feels something like a misremembered hit, the kind of single that did indeed chart sometime in the past but only made a fleeting impression. That's the pleasure of Step Inside My Soul : it plays like transmissions from the subconscious, feeling comforting yet fresh because the form is familiar but the specifics surprising.

Most of this music recalls other groups, either known or semi-remembered, but the details don't matter much because this is smooth and soulful, music constructed with care and delivered with care; and it withstands repeated plays, plays that make these forgotten tunes sound somewhat like hazy, neglected classics. It's a true treasure of pop archaeology. AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. Blues Classical Country. Electronic Folk International. Jazz Latin New Age.

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Villagers - The Soul Serene Lyrics

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Dwell in My Soul

The Goodbye Song. All Alone by the Telephone. The Checkmates, Ltd.