Annie Tisshaw Challenges the Destructive Side of Our Culture on the Soaringly Transcendent “We Can Go High”

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Annie Tisshaw “We Can Go High” cover (cropped)

In “We Can Go High” Annie Tisshaw weaves her own words on how we often feel disempowered to say what must be said but we can choose to speak up with parts of Nina Donovan’s poem “Nasty Woman” made famous at the Women’s March in 2017 including the line “I’m a nasty woman, I’m not as nasty as racism, or fraud, or homophobia, sexual assault, transphobia, white supremacy, white privilege, ignorance, or misogyny.” An echoing tonal wind flows in and flutters throughout the song as Tisshaw’s vocals travel through different sound environments while maintaining a consistency of message and conviction challenging patriarchal systems of value in various contexts. Her own line “We know one plus one but do they teach us to love” speaks much to the devaluing of emotional intelligence in a patriarchal culture to the detriment of all. The pulses of white noise later in the song are like an ascending breeze carrying the vocals and the uplifting message aloft, one that has only increased in relevance over the past few years rather than faded with time. Listen to “We Can Go High” on Spotify.

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