When seeing live music, it comes down to the improvisational Jams for me. When offered a free ticket to the Sold Out Glass Animals at the 9:30, I perused their catalog on Spotify and thought it would be a change of pace and something different to write about for my ever-growing portfolio. With that in mind, I'll just jump right in.
I was unimpressed with this group, which has gained immense popularity over the past few years and it makes me feel as though I am disconnected with the younger generation in today's society, especially musically but I suppose that's what growing up is all about. There were people at this show who seemed like they had their life changed, people singing every word, jumping up and down, woman swooning. I haven’t seen anything like it in the Jam world, where musical prowess exceeds catchy lyrics and electronic “drops.”
Credits: Amanda Lynn
Glass Animals needs to find their funky side, get in touch with the roots of the music they are playing, instead of accentuating the pop bullshit. There were some moments within their performance that were well done, thought out and original but these seemed to be overshadowed by the musical/performance process itself.
While high in energy, Glass Animals could only keep my interest for a short time before ultimately, I kept wondering, "When will I hear a freakin’ guitar solo?" The musical capabilities of this band seems highly limited and very pop-keyboard centric, which with all due respect, takes a certain skill set of its own but it's not really in the same class of musicianship that I am used to seeing; it's more learning to synthesize and arrange computer sounds. The lyrics to their songs were catchy and again, pop oriented but I could see something there beyond the surface level. I would suggest that Glass Animals searches these depths to find the true nature of their lyrical qualities and musical abilities. Perhaps visiting the Talking Heads catalog and learning how to incorporate true musicianship and lyrical competency into what they are trying to achieve.
I was so excited about an application where you can post your photos instantly from your mobile phone and I believe in its start was very interesting for those who enjoy both amateur and professional photos. These days I believe that the interest has been lost, since from photographs unique to each of us, we publish photos that are of no interest but are published, most of the time half-naked and provocative, for the sole purpose of self-promotion.
Fortunately for us there are those who expose themselves to present something bigger and more substantial than a photo.
One of them is miss Stacy Morris, from Western Australia, who I recently met online.
So who is Stacy Morris and what she has to say?
Stephen Fry described it best when he said "It's not all bad. Heightened self-consciousness, apartness, an inability to join in, physical shame and self-loathing—they are not all bad. Those devils have been my angels. Without them I would never have disappeared into language, literature, the mind, laughter and all the mad intensities that made and unmade me".
But it was not always like this. For a long time I had just disappeared - and not into anything other than self-loathing. It took time to realise that mental illness afflicts me but does not prevent me from living a full life.
When you started to write and why?
I started writing at about the age of fourteen as a way to cope with the events that were afflicting me at the time. Writing was a natural way to both express and understand myself - not only this but it tends to also be my preferred communication when speaking of matters of the heart.
I have had many influencers over the years however, none as prominent as Stephen Fry. He seemed to introduce me to my own mental illnesses and what this meant - and more importantly didn't mean as a person trying to overcome the horrors of the head. His bravery in sharing his stories inspired me to do the same with the hope of diminishing the stigma attached to mental health.
Some other poetic influencers include Nayyirah Waheed, Yrsa Daley- Ward, Warsan Shire and Rupi Kuar.
How you see yourself as a writer few years later?
Notes to Self was written at a very specific time in my life. It was important that this be the first period published so I could move on and hopefully help someone in the process. I am working on another book which is much more broad in topics to represent my life outside of Notes to Self. It is a long process and often an intimidating one, but I hope that those that enjoyed my much earlier work will enjoy the next book just as much.
What's the purpose of this book?
The purpose of Notes to Self is to act as a conversation starter - to encourage people who are struggling to bring up a difficult topic to use the book and its pieces to do so. I really wanted the reader to be able to scribble on the pages or tear them out, hand them to someone and say 'this is how I feel'. So much good can happen from there. The book confronts topics such as mental health, relationships of all types, self-perception and change. It's been fantastic to see how willing people are to speak of their own mental health issues once they have read my story.
“i focused a lot of time searching
for the wrong thing -
for the right kind of company.
climbing out of beds
and out of heads.”
- stacy morris
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