Song: To Noise Making (Sing)
Artist / Band: Hozier
Dedicated to: To all North East artists and venues
From: John Dawson
“Remember when you’d sing
Just for the f*ck of it and any enjoy what it would bring”
This song is a dedication to everyone! To artists, freelancers, audience members and after show bar proppers. To those who have been effected emotionally or mentally by essential arts being put indefinitely into stasis during this time.
It is a reminder that even in the most hopeless of circumstances, when all seems taken from us, that we still have our voices, the ability to make noise and to reflect the world, ourselves and our feelings that sculpt them for us.
Whatever your platform, whoever your audience, whether on a stage or in the shower, you can still create and it will always have effect, and will always make a difference.
“You don’t have to sing it right,
But who can call you wrong?
You put your emptiness to melody,
Your awful heart to song.
You don’t have to sing it nice,
But honey sing it strong
At best you’ll find a little remedy,
At worst the world will sing along
So honey, sing”
I miss theatre, art, music, all the people that come with it and the magic of experiencing it all with them. I miss the hum of the audience and the tension of crowd anticipation as we wait. I miss collective laughing. I miss collective crying. I miss the tuts, the sneezes, the coughs and sweet wrappers. The numb bum cheeks and bladder tensing. I miss the overheard snippets of strangers conversations in the toilet queue and the subsequent bladder relief.
I miss connecting with the random person I’ve never met when they react to something the same as me and the comfort of self affirmation that brings. I miss the person who disagrees with my take and makes me question myself. I miss the familiar faces of friends in the bar afterwards and sharing too many drinks over too many hours. I miss it all and everyone that contributes to it.
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Part of our Summer Streets 2020 I Made You A Mixtape project; created for all the people and places we’ve been missing during lockdown.