STORY of YESRISING


I am often asked why I named this site Yesrising, where the name came from, and what it means.

The word YES first resonated with me back in the late 70’s and early eighty’s when I learned of an art piece that Yoko Ono exhibited in 1966.

yoko ono

courtesy of artboulion

At this exhibition, each viewer was required to climb a white ladder that lead to reading, through a magnifying glass, the word YES on the Ceiling Painting. To me, that meant through our own curiosity and effort to explore, we could then open the door to possibility.

RISING is a word that I have written songs about, talked about.

The tides rise, the sun rises, the phoenix rises from its ashes, we rise each new day, God willing, and so on. In 1978, Maya Angelou published a book titled And Still I Rise that I bought and fell in love with.

poet Laurette

Maya Angelou

In the opening line of the poem Still I Rise, “You may write me down in history, with your bitter, twisted lies, you may trod me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I’ll rise” — I knew my belief. We are all rising.

We first say YES, then, we RISE. Choosing, greatly at times, outside our comfort zone, bold within ourselves — is a world we seek and desire.

“You may write me down in history, with your bitter, twisted lies, you may trod me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I’ll rise” -MAYA ANGELOU

Choice is how we begin to redefine and redesign our lives. And then, by telling our stories, we help others.

So Yesrising began first as an outlet for my words, and music in the light of self expression and helping others experiencing similar circumstances. Then, we grew…

Our words matter, our stories matter, our voice matters. You Matter!

That’s how we roll…

Sooo…Lets Go Up!

Blessings, Richard 🙂

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