Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
My batteries are recharged
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Mother to a Child (music video)
N.B. As with the other videos, I've saved it at a lower resolution so that the file will be smaller (hence, naturally, some loss in video and audio quality).
Monday, August 22, 2005
Sunday, August 21, 2005
Q. 1. Who would you say has been your rock or your backbone in helping you reach this far in your career?
A. God has guided me. My family and friends have supported me.
Q.2. If there was one famous artist you could meet who would it be?
A. The two people I would really have been interested in meeting are not 'artists' and are not physically present now: Joan of Arc and Jesus, both of whom I find to be interesting, inspiring and perhaps misunderstood/misrepresented in different ways, having been sifted through the pens of many writers throughout history. I would like to have heard their stories from them personally - maybe even to have seen them "at work" or "in action". In this life, an artis(e) I would like to meet would be Bjork. She is brilliantly creative, unique and unpretentious. In 'meeting' her I would want to work on something with her.
Q.3. Does your religion play a strong role in the music and art you display?
A. I was brought up in a Christian household, but I don't really subscribe to 'organised religion' as it is presented at large (although I am not against it or against those who subscribe to it). I personally find aspects of it to be used in hypocritical and judgmental ways and I have found that the separate religions have the potential to cause division rather than unity, prejudice rather than acceptance and understanding. I have my own understanding of God and I use the term 'spirituality', which I find to be more all embracing. I would say God/spirituality plays a strong role in what I create because I am not separate from God and I move according to how my Spirit moves me.
Q.4. List one thing you would want to accomplish before you depart from this world?
A. My purpose.
Q.5. You have kept your personal life/relationship off of the blog..is there a special someone that you spend alot of time with? or are you too busy with your career that you don't have time to get involve with anyone?Explain.
I have kept my 'personal' life off the blog because it did not start as the kind of blog where I would say what I did daily and talk about my relationships, personal details, etc. It started as a creative space for my work and it has evolved in that way. I suppose to some extent I present the work in a 'personal' way, but I never saw this as a forum for discussion of my life on the whole ... although many of the posts are inevitably creative abstractions of real life feelings, experiences and thoughts. However, since you asked ... "The special someone" ... There are many special people in my life ... but I know you are asking specifically whether I am single or not. I have been single for a while. However, this will change. Not being someone who needs to be in a relationship in order to feel complete, I am happy to be 'on my own' ... rather than be in something 'just for the sake of being in something'. In this time on my own, I have focused on myself and experienced growth on many levels, coming to understand more of who I am. The "special someone" will therefore experience a fuller version of me. Am I too busy with my career to get involved with anyone? Becoming involved with someone has nothing to do with the status of my career or the level of my daily activity. I am currently 'busy with my career' because it is important to me, I love what I do and, as I said above, I move where my Spirit and feelings direct me - and I have been moved to work on certain projects in recent times. The time and energy put into these projects has been available perhaps because I have not been 'involved with anyone'. (Everything happens in its own time - and I have also grown to understand and trust this). The one I will become 'involved' with will understand that my creative expression is an important part of my life and will fit in effortlessly to that - perhaps even share it. I would not be able to be 'involved' on that level with someone who does not understand, support or allow this to be possible. Is there a special someone that I spend my time with? I currently spend my time with myself, my immediate family, close friends and my animals.
Saturday, August 20, 2005
Friday, August 19, 2005
Buzzy blue day
The flower is open
The scent spirals
Into the centre
Out of itself.
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Interview with Delana Mitchell
Delana Mitchell, singer/songwriter
Interview transcribed from dictaphone.
Elspeth: When did you first start writing music and why?
Delana: I first started writing my songs in the year 2001. I started my first song in 2001. Why I started was because I was inspired by a friend of mine, Queen Omega - and another friend, Michelle Lashley who really showed support and pushed me. And that made me believe that I could do it. So I just tried it out and eventually I got the first one and then afterwards, well ... you know the rest (laughter).
E: So you ...
D: Wait, I didn't say why. Why? Because I have a passion for music. After the Creator, music is the number one joy in my life. And that within itself gave me more inspiration to live and to know that I am able to do things ... to do more things ... and that I have talent and I could show off this talent.
E: Tell us more about ... you were talking about the passion and the joy of the Creator. Is that what infuses your work?
D: Yeah. Mainly. The first thing. Everything else after.
E: Even though that means everything, what else inspires you?
D: The experiences I had in life as a child. I never thought I would turn out like this. I think I've come far, I've come a long way, because it was hard, it was rough. Just living life (sigh). God just took me out of a lot of things and made me a new person. And I don't know if it was supposed to be like this or because I asked for it or because of what I went through as a child ... this is the reward as an adult. But ... just life. Life and experiences and people ... and I love expressing how I feel. And the best way is in song.
A scene from the video
E: Would you say that your music has a particular style? Do you give it a name or do you just call it 'music'?
D: I would have limited it to a style. I got linked with some foreign producers and when they heard it they suggested 'reggae soul' or 'soul reggae' and I agreed at the time. But from when I started back to sing, because I had stopped after I had stopped school (I didn't finish school) ... after school I had stopped singing ... and when I started back to sing, I started with one style, which is reggae. Then I had jumped to another style, which is soul. And then it started changing. So I can't limit it to one style and say well, it's soul or it's jazz ... because it will keep on changing ... and I enjoy taking chances ... and I would like to do all different types of music ... to push and see just how far I can reach. Mmhhm.
E: This song, Mother to a Child ... how did that come about?
(Both laughing because it's obvious)
D: This song would be one of my greatest hits personally ... ever. I don't know what I would do next. And what has come before ... I mean, I really like them, but this song means a lot to me because ... and it came about because at the age of 30 and not having a child and not getting pregnant before that, I thought that was it. I had given up. And that's part of what the song says: you know, I had given up - that was it for me. At the age of 30 I said that that was it. No more hoping, no more wishing, waiting ... and then to find out that long after, I was pregnant. It did a lot for me. And during the early stages of the pregnancy, a little past the early stages (laugh) I was just down in a hole, I was depressed. And then I decided to do the song ... and the song just raised me up and took me out of that. So the song came about because of that - because I thought I couldn't get pregnant and I did get pregnant. And it reminded me that the Creator was still doing his work ... and I was the one who was weak. I was the one who had given up and forgotten all about that, so ... It just refreshed a lot of things in my life. The song ... yeah, yeah ... and the experience that caused the song. (laugh)
E: Anything else you would want people to know? Anything that I didn't ask that you might want somebody to know?
D: I am a pretty fun loving person with a very serious side that people often mistake because I laugh so much. I laugh a lot and they get mixed up when the other side comes on, you know? I think it goes back to the same thing - the experiences as a child. And when I did get a hang of the life ... when I did understand what the life meant to me and ... why it is so important to make the most of life and to enjoy what you have and to do everything now, it had no turning back. There is no turning back for me. I just have to do what it is I'm doing. Because it keeps working for me, you know. It keeps working over and over - the different stages, the different phases that face me. It keeps working out for me. Every time it works out, I am reminded that I am on the right track. You know?
Thank you, Delana.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Mother to a Child
The song is a beautiful piece called Mother to a Child (with Kepha Yaseph on guitar and flute) - of course written and sung for/to her baby, which she never thought she could have. The baby is therefore a miracle - and, in its own way, so is the video. I know everyone has their own opinions, but without reservation, I would personally say the song is a hit. Something that has come from such a deep place is bound to have a powerful effect.
That day's team: Delana, Les, Sam, Kepha, Kitran and myself.
I went home, still driven by the momentum of the day's unique energy, and started to edit. I was about 75% through with a solid rough draft by midnight. In fact, I did not know how absorbed I had been until I looked away from the computer and realised it was pitch black outside ...
This is a precursor. I will feature an interview with Delana later on - maybe in a few days (I just have to transcribe it). And then the video, some time afterwards, when it is ready.
Sunday, August 14, 2005
Street Life (video)
Saturday, August 13, 2005
Friday, August 12, 2005
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
which exists to be known
is stirring in the silence.
Monday, August 08, 2005
Sunday, August 07, 2005
La la la
Saturday, August 06, 2005
Street Life launch on Gayelle TV
Old man's eye in scene from Street Life video