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Lindsay wonders if we can mimic the butterfly's transformation, and turn our pain into experience.
Lindsay wonders if we can mimic the butterfly's transformation, and turn our pain into experience.

Make like a butterfly and change

I’ve always wanted to be one of those people who don’t take everything so seriously; who isn’t so affected by what other people do and say; who doesn’t feel quite so deeply about everything. I consciously work on building a thicker skin, but alas – some personality traits die hard.

Being highly emotionally sensitive is both a blessing and curse. It allows me to be extremely empathetic and feel even the most benign vibrations ripple through my core like a pebble hitting the surface of glass-top water. This hypersensitivity also makes dealing with any sort of turmoil a challenge.

I recently had a situation arise that produced an instant emotional reflex. I almost instantly flared into rage, then transitioned to hurt, finally cresting into extreme devastation in a very short amount of time. This is pattern for me and breaking personal behavioral patterns is a tough order.

If we are truly put on this earth to learn new lessons each time around and move through them, I am going through that later part right now. Becoming aware of these messages is just part of the battle. Identifying and taking ownership of our seeming faults can be a teaching in itself, but really taking the information and moving forward – that is where true life progression lies. It is so much easier to just react the same way, do what you’ve always done and carry on rather than authentically change and grow.

Transformation is a painful process.

And even when you are ready to begin to alter, the aches that accompany the course may turn even the strongest of humans into frightened babies. Because who likes discomfort? It’s uncomfortable!

A caterpillar crawled into my house from my back patio the other day. I imagine him; the unbelievable physical change that he will soon undergo, all the while shielded in his chrysalis. That protective shell rocks him into a deep slumber, giving him refuge from any physical or emotional pain that may result from the process of turni…

Wil Seabrook is coming to Sugar Maple in Bay View on Aug. 8.
Wil Seabrook is coming to Sugar Maple in Bay View on Aug. 8. (Photo: Ryann Liebl)

Seabrook rocks for human rights

If you are professional musician who marries a girl from Milwaukee, expect to spend more than a little of your time in her beloved hometown. In fact, anticipate working there too. Singer/songwriter Wil Seabrook has experienced this being hitched to Nicolet High School alum, actress, screenwriter, filmmaker, photographer and director, Ryann Liebl (Ryann London).

Seabrook’s been releasing records since 2000 when he inked a deal with Maverick Records, but found fame on the 2005 reality music TV show "Rock Star INXS." After his elimination, he quickly carved a reputation as a legitimate talent in his own right, who now uses his music to fight for human rights.

The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights has inspired Seabrook to create music based on the 30 Precepts, most recently releasing a single and video (directed by Liebl) called "Roam" that is based on the principle "The Freedom to Move."

I picked Seabrook’s brain about Milwaukee, reality television, his latest endeavors and what’s next.

Catch Seabrook playing an intimate show at Bay View’s Sugar Maple, 441 E. Lincoln Ave., on Aug. 8 at 9 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $7.

To hear Seabrook’s music and learn more, visit his Facebook, iTunes or Twitter. Since I've known your wife, Ryann for over 20 years … I'm assuming she is partly what brought you to Milwaukee for this upcoming gig. You are from North Carolina and reside in L.A., but has Milwaukee become a second hometown for you, of sorts? Either way, tell me what you LOVE about Mil-town.

Wil Seabrook: Yes, Ryann is the reason we're here as opposed to somewhere else ... I love it here! People are really friendly and down to earth and because everyone is cooped up in the winter they're outdoors all summer, which makes for amazing live music and a great festival scene. I actually grew up in Europe (Germany) as a kid and so the Midwest reminds me of that in a lot of great ways. Feels like h…