I’ve sat on this album and PDF book for some time now. I felt like I really had to give them true immersion in order to fully write about them, plus Michael is a friend (and Strong Hearts Vegan Power teammate) so I wanted to treat his project with careful consideration.
Last year, Michael toured the US with his “Animal Show”, a multimedia experience based on his experiences with vegan activism, his sanctuary residency and life. Although I was unable to attend, I heard from friends and online acquaintances that the show was a hit. The “Animal Show” was Michael’s calling and it was evident he put his all into it.
That was 2017 and now in 2018 Michael fully liberates the stage performance and follows it up with a book and album.
As I sit here typing this, I’ve got the album playing once again. I just finished the track titled “Kaporos” and I’m enveloped with sadness. I feel like I’m part of the story, I feel like I’m witnessing the shameful sacrifice of innocent sentient life for “religious tradition” and I’m heartbroken. I know what Kaporos is, I have read about it every year it happens. I’ve seen the videos, even the one’s that Michael has been in. I have heard the chants. I have not ever felt this though; this helplessness.
With his book and album together, Michael assails our senses not only visually but aurally assaults our ears with emotion; his emotion. This is his story, this is his heart and he is giving it all up. Thank you for sharing!
I’ve heard some news he may finally bring the show to the Boston area and I will now be missing it.
Please take a moment and experience this treasure firsthand by purchasing the album and book at http://michaelharren.com/
Did you see the Animal Show last year? What did you think?
**images “borrowed” from Michael’s Facebook page, the album on the rocks is courtesy Eric C Lindstrom and the other photo is credited to Diana Bezanski