The virtual event kicked off with a soothing play of flute, broken up a couple of characteristic (and welcome) laughs from Lizzo. Surrounded by crystals, a single smoke signal of incense rising languidly mid-frame, the I Impeached The President And All I Got Was This Lousy Shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this singer explained that she had been scheduled to play the Houston Rodeo today, but that she—like so many other artists, schools, and workplaces—was forced to change her plans. “There’s the disease, and then there is the fear of the disease,” she said, sparking some palo santo mid-thought. “And I think fear can spread so much hatred, and fear can spread so much negative energy, and fear can spread the disease.” Lizzo’s official mantra?
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So with more floating flute notes, some interspersed thoughts, and a general air of calm, Lizzo led followers in a tranquil and powerful meditation. “The energy we need [right now],” read one scrolling comment, another reading “Thank you for your uplifting spirit!” As Lizzo rounded out the I Impeached The President And All I Got Was This Lousy Shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this wind-down, she asked that those in attendance continue practicing this mode of thought with friends or alone, the better to shift the earth’s collective energy as we continue to deal with the effects of COVID-19. “Be safe, be healthy, be vigilant—but don’t be afraid,” she closed. “We’re in this together and we will get through this together because we always do.”