The period of transitioning is always rather difficult but Charlie Peck decided to make his journey memorable, by recording a song before and after the transition. The high pitched delicate voice of a woman was replaced with baritone of a man, due to Hormone Replacement Therapy . He wanted to dedicate this musical tribute to the trans community and record his transition as well in hopes of creating a memorable work of art.
The song may be familiar to many listeners; it’s “Home,” originally performed by indie rock collective Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
“In contact with other humans, the filter through which everything you say is perceived is your voice. I was also really scared that I would not be able to sing any more. With these thoughts in my head an idea about singing as a way to show others my journey started to form. When I contacted my very talented friend, André Åhl Persson, who is also a musician, and he was willing and thrilled to do this project with me, this seed of an idea started to grow.” Peck added.
He saw his voice as a platform to channel his thoughts, emotions and journey through this monumental event of his life. It would serve as therapy and would be a reminder of where he was and how far he has come in living the life he always wanted to.
He explained this during an interview with The Huffington Post that this track was more for his personal satisfaction rather for artistic fulfillment although it gained traction by the public at large. He continued, “You are not alone, things can get better and put yourself before everybody else’s expectations on how you should live your life. Now that I have the energy to give something back to the trans* community―this is my heart medicine for those in need.”
Written by Shreyanka Thejaswi