Hello all. It’s been a month since I graced this stage – a fact I’m not particularly proud of! Today I’m sharing a new video with you which I recorded a couple of weeks back. The song I perform is called “Silence” and I wrote it about fifteen years ago, when I still lived in the Emerald Isle.
I received a surprising message recently from a young woman who heard me play this song in 2001, when I was a Kibbutz volunteer in Israel. She had been looking for me for many years, with the hope of hearing the song again. This inspired me to record it, and I’m very glad I did. I have so many old songs I never perform, and knowing this song made such an impression, I’m now going to dust those oldies off, and bring them back to life.
I always enjoy hearing people’s interpretations of my songs. This means I don’t usually go into a detailed explanation of what they are about, for fear of ruining what a song means to an individual. But here I will say at least this: for me, this song speaks about perception, and those emotions we experience in the silence of our own hearts.
I hope you enjoy.
Below is a poem I wrote many years ago, as part of a collection. Recently I decided to share it here.
One thing I love about art is its ability to capture the emotion of a moment,
whatever that may be. I feel that it’s important as an artist for me to be completely honest and open with my emotions in whatever form they take, and when I wrote this poem the words flowed from my mind both rapidly and freely, allowing a great cathartic release.
I also feel it important not to temper one’s artistic expression, even if the subject matter is difficult, or the emotions expressed tumultuous. I believe that every possible emotional expression exists within the individual. I also believe that it is not only healthy, but of great benefit to embrace the risk of transparency, by fully freeing these expressions when they require a voice. This can help to break the taboo surrounding those emotions we would rather not have, or admit to.
Lastly, my work demonstrates to me those ways in which my perceptions have now changed; it is a reference point for all that I have been, all that I am, and of course, all that I can ever be.