Today we’d like to introduce you to Ben Caron.
Ben, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I grew up in a very musical household. My mom has a beautiful singing voice and was always singing and playing music, so my ear and voice developed early on. I think I began singing at the same time that I learned to speak, so I’ve always felt connected to my voice. Growing up, I felt very drawn to choir and band and was lucky to have some great teachers who encouraged me both as a singer and a budding songwriter. As a teenager, writing music became a powerful outlet for moving through emotion and feeling creatively self-expressed. I learned early on that music is magic, and that musicians have the great gift of being able to utilize music to not only heal and transform ourselves but also the audience/listener. So, I ultimately taught myself the basics of guitar so I could start writing music to heal myself and hopefully have a positive effect on the world. When I went to college, I continued to write music while studying theater, and ultimately, I think my approach to live performance is a synthesis of what I learned through studying music, theater, and Yoga. I consider music one of the most effective tools for transformation, and that’s the way I prefer to use the magic of music. To me, a live music event should be a transformative experience, and I consider it my great honor to facilitate transformation through music. Now, I use music alongside other mediums like yoga, theater, social artistry, and mindfulness to create holistic, participatory experiences to help myself and others actualize as our best selves.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I am very blessed and I have had a very blessed life. I think ultimately the greatest challenge of my life has always been my relationship with my own mind– the limiting beliefs I have placed on myself and the self-sabotaging behaviors I can sometimes exhibit. I have to practice every day to stay grounded, present, committed, and loving. It’s not a linear path, sometimes I make great strides, and sometimes I revert. But I’m grateful for the opportunity to be here, and to get to continue to grow and evolve.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’ve had a very unique and diverse career as a creative artist that’s traversed the realms of music, theater, social artistry, Yoga, and mindfulness. The work I love the most integrates those mediums into a unified experience. I love to create transformational experiences that combine them all. Sometimes that’s in the form of a weekend retreat, sometimes that’s in the form of a concert event, a Zoom experience, a workshop, or a livestream. My mission in my work is to inspire joy, invite hope, incite peace, and invoke love. Music is one tool in my belt to facilitate those experiences, but I usually use whichever tool is the best for the job. So, you might attend a retreat that has Yoga in the morning, a workshop in the afternoon, and a concert at night. I think that my ability to blend these experiences together is what makes my work unique and effective.
We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
I feel very lucky to have the privileges I have. I am aware that I have a lot of unearned privilege as a white man who was born in the U.S. and grew up in a supportive, middle-class family, in a good school system, in a safe town, with good health, etc.—the list of blessings and privileges goes on and on. There’s so many people on this planet who’ve had to overcome incredible hardship, that by pure luck I didn’t experience based purely on the circumstances I was born into. So, I consider it my duty to use my privilege to lift others up and to try and work to co-create a more equitable world for all, through my activism, my work, and the way that I choose to engage with the world as a world citizen.
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