“Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran celebrates long-lasting love, the kind that thrives like a little plant on the kitchen window when is watered with care. It is a good song to celebrate your significant other during Valentine’s Day, but also in any other occasion. My sax cover of the song is included in my album “Reflective Notes”.
I have deliberately delayed writing this post because I needed time to reflect on my position on this. It’s Painful. Black Lives Matter, so where do I stand?
January 1st, 2021. A symbolic new beginning that starts with a bittersweet note. I hope you could spend New Year’s Eve in peace, celebrating the good things that nonetheless appeared and that we can be thankful for.
Happy Christmas, and please, stay safe!
“Femininity is cherished and exploited in the music industry. Producers make their fortunes by selling a version of feminine sexual perfection and we see this through comments such as ‘You sound ok but you just don’t have the right look’ which is mentioned in TV music competitions. The winner goes through a complete make-over with additional air brushing to personify ultimate beauty and achievement. But then, years later, what happens when the menopause hits?”
In an ideal world, we all would have managers taking care of introductions, contacts, networking, transactions, finances, protocols and so on, but in reality we need to know about all this stuff in order to build a career. Using my background and my experience, I have been spreading useful information to solve this issue for years, and now I have condensed all of it in a single website: http://www.successbeyondthescore.com
October 18th was established as World Menopause Day to raise awareness about the issues, experiences and challenges that this natural stage of life brings to a bit more than half the population of the world, yet is hardly spoken about and even considered a bit “taboo”. To contribute to this campaign, I wrote an article for the Musician’s Union to shed some light over life as a menopausal musician.
When the times come that society opens up for dialogue and collective improvement, the consideration of intersectionality becomes more important than ever. Obstacles pile up the more of these “little boxes” society manages to fit you in: race, gender, age, financial status, health condition, etc. Cafemnee is a project I created many years ago with the firm purpose of removing some of those obstacles and open the path for artistes, more specifically, for female musicians.
So glad to know that black lives matter in the music industry and that the show must be paused to take stock of the murder of Mr George Floyd by a police officer during arrest. I’m joining the protest.