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Houston’s Resilience Has Always Been Echoed In Its Music

Resilience in the face of disaster

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How would you react to the kind of natural disaster that these Houston residents are facing this week? It’s important to develop coping skills to contend not just with hurricanes and floods, but all the difficult situations life throws at us.

Ever wondered how you’d fare in a disaster situation like the scene that’s unfolding in East Texas? There are lots of reasons (think Windstorm 2016) to have emergency preparedness kits on hand and a plan in place in case disaster strikes. But it is also important to develop coping skills to contend not just with natural disasters, but also the difficult things that life throws at us, individually and collectively. Here are some tips on practicing resilience…

 

Houston’s Resilience Has Always Been Echoed In Its Music

Houston’s music, like the city itself, has always been a sprawl of possibility and community—but of tenacity and resistance as well. Through artists like Scarface and Mike Jones, its evolution came from upheaval, from a response to quotidian injustices and much larger tragedies. With a disaster like Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath, things are quickly and cruelly lost: homes, schools, cherished items, lives. The water rises, and with it the feeling of frailty; at any moment something else might again perish into the turmoil. But it is a city’s cultural footprint that helps to preserve what cannot be saved or rebuilt. And in its music, the spirit of Houston is not easily submerged.

As an outsider, many of my entry points into the city were through its most emphatic ambassadors: The Geto Boys and Slim Thug, Destiny’s Child, and…

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