The Growth Project: A story of healing after sexual abuse

After surviving sexual assault as an adult, memories and trauma of childhood sexual abuse were re-awakened. Moriah felt her only option for re-starting a lifelong journey of "healing through it", was to make music. 

As a result, Maia "Tugg" Heartstrings was born. The songs of the Growth Project would be told through this concept character's voice. "This allowed me enough space from the trauma to approach it, but allowed me to fully explore the depths of my emotions in the months following the rape." 

So, this first chapter of the project navigates through five songs, spanning the gamut of emotion; which mirror as an auto-biographical tale of Haven's true life experience. Throughout the songs, "Charlie" serves as a representation of not only her childhood aggressors, but also, as a representation of her adult assailant. Though this type of healing is a lifelong journey, through the Growth Project, Maia and Moriah healed through one more step of the journey through the pain together, enough to come out on the other end to meet the beautiful light of survival. 

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“Old Heart, New Heart”

Vile words spoken 

from the deepest crevice within 

the darkest cave corner, 

but a blind amphibian, 

groping at the blackness, 

flailing for the first thing it could happen 

upon to slash with claws of…

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"Revere Her Beauty"

Every shape, 
Every size, 
Every woman 
Is magical wonder: 
Revere her beauty, 
She is perfect: 
A miracle, 
Made of sensuality 
At its essence. 

Every shape, 
Every size, 
Every woman 
Who walks without apology, 
Who owns her own skin, 
Proudly embracing…

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"Goddess’ Glow"

You hide your glow
as the Moon hides the Sun:
The Lunar Goddess shines
with your light.

-Gypsea Salt, 2017

 


“Tireless Limbs”

I’ll dance upon tireless limbs with you,
on a raft of ecstasy,
we will never tire of this sea.

-Gypsea Salt, 2016

 


“A Perfect Covering”

Cut from the same cloth,
we build this quilt:
piece by piece…..
we take it slow,
stitching together
a perfect covering
for us to shelter within, together,
to weather all of life’s seasons.

-Gypsea Salt, 2016

 

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“Ambrosia Nectar”

Savor my Ambrosia nectar 

inside your gorgeous lips, 

drink me in, as the holy living water 

that sustains the thirsting of your soul; 

with parting lips exclaiming ecstasy, 

electrical fingers claiming my hips, 

take me in…

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“Momentary Flame”

I have searched for
the fire fantasy
of a heart set ablaze,
for that singular moment of bliss
when we kissed,
you touched my skin,
I’ve searched for it, my entire life…
it was discovered, though, now, unattainable….
For even…

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“Anticipation”

Indeed, Mister…
Desire comes first, through anticipation….
Delicious: the memory of your fingertips,
Decadent: are the expanses of my imagination:
Indulging in the knowledge that your touch, would exceed
the salacious boundaries of my expectation
to reclaim my sensuality by…

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Live:

Follow The Growth project & maia:

Sassy Molasses: Ornery Country Comedy with a social statement

Lawson Reunion Band:

"The Spirits of Hank" Sessions:

Kentucky Timbre/ David Rhodes Brown and the Hilbilly Harem:

Billy Wallace:

Wonky Tonk:

"Dear Abigail" Session with My Brother The Bear: