Happy Music Monday~*~*~*
The day where I bring you music from around the world!
Ok actually it’s just music that I like.
But thankfully I have sort of eclectic tastes (due to my awesomeness) so maybe you’ll find a few artists that you like too.
Feel free to suggest artists because I’m not into everything and I’m sure you know of some cool artists that I should be hip to ^_^
Kendrick Lamar, anyone?
Ok….Emily Loizeau….Where should I start?
Well, I started listening to Emily awhile back…in probably 2008 when I was in art school and having to make some grand life decisions (Should I marry this man whom I love? Should I move to France? Should I stay with my boyfriend (now husband)?
I was also going through some tough times at that point (financing art school, continuing my career as a researcher/writer, working as a teacher) and thinking deep thoughts (what makes me happy? why can’t I remember my childhood at all? I think American TV is sort of crap…I think I’ll stop watching) Am I a Christian? Who am I helping with my life?
Needless to say, I was having an introspective, sort of difficult time.
And Emily’s music expressed the confused brokenheartedness that was at the tip of my tongue.
2006-2014 was a searching, hurting, bittersweet sort of time; but 2008-2010 was the most intense….
and Emily’s music expressed my feelings perfectly.
She even dipped into deeper pools that I barely let myself even think of… in a cute sweet way, with the song “Je Ne Sais Pas Choisir,” which means “I don’t know how to choose.” It seems like the cute song of a flighty girl that just can’t choose what she wants to do; but when you really listen to the lyrics, it’s really the introspective ballad of a depressed young woman who’s considering suicide. It’s sweet, sad, and ridiculously real.
I’m still here and so is she.
And she’s moved on to a different period of her life, as we all are wont to do.
Picasso had a blue period…we all have blue periods…it’s just that you have to keep walking during those dark blue times in your life and not jump off the Pont du Carrousel before you get to the next period…which is usually pretty golden…for awhile. I mean, life comes in waves.)
So during one of my own foggy blue periods (which are usually a whirling swirling pastel blue with sudden blots of intense violet) I really loved Emily’s music, it GOT me, it calmed me, it helped me.
Afterwards…I’d forgotten about Emily Loizeau for a while…I had begun understand the workings of my husband and our marriage more, we made two children, I had a few life-saving surgeries but most of all ….during that time I had begun to confront and then process the issues that had made me gravitate towards her music during that blue time in my life. So I didn’t really listen to her music anymore.
But I recently started oil painting again…and I yearned for music again…and so I began to wonder what she’s been up to. In addition to having children of her own, she made this little gem:
Love it. Beautiful. Happy and Sad at the same time. I love it so much.
I like this too.
I love this one. But I like it on her album more, with the voice synthesizers…it’s got an echoing, a metallic hollowness that reminds me of…memory.
I’m excited for her album. I think I’ll buy it. Here you go, if you want to listen to her while YOU paint, or write, or pray,or dream
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The cover image was taken by/belongs to Jean-Baptiste Mondino