Tim Bartsch ('T')
Southern Time was a dream I wanted realizing not long after testing positive for myself and the world ~ to live in peace, prosperity, and harmony ~ for all. At age twenty, as a relatively-privileged Westerner, overnight I experienced incredible destitution and despair. Though I may not have had much time to live, let alone ever love or be loved again, I wanted my life to make a positive difference, to matter.
I started writing songs and eventually wrote a ‘rock opera’, telling how I acquired HIV, and what living with it has been like for me. In 2005, I produced ‘Southern Time’, a multi-media stage production in Vancouver, BC, and have since been aspiring to actualize it in its intended form ~ a cinematic musical docu-drama ~ in the form of a trilogy.
This has since led to many iterations and failed attempts, relative to the first production, but the stars weren’t aligned until 2018. The problem was, I was trying to do it mostly all on my own. But I now have a solid team.
Southern Time isn’t about me, it’s about our world, and about everyone who unduly suffers.
And, it’s about people living with HIV. I read a book once saying that ‘HIV was sent to humanity to teach us how to love’. I agree. HIV/AIDS is a story that has the power to change our world. But, how that story turns out, how compassionately we all learn to live with and love each other, will determine what kind of world we leave our descendants.
More than half of the Southern Time Band are HIV positive, and by expressing our stories and songs to the world, we are demonstrating that people living with HIV are not necessarily unhealthy, victims and/or criminals, but that many of us are capable, responsible, and living life to its very fullest.
Southern Time Band’s tracks