Songs For The Struggling Artist

Sinopse

I blogcast about Artist stuff. and Arts Related stuff. Also feminism. Become a supporter of this podcast:https://anchor.fm/songs-for-the-struggling-artist/support

Episódios

  • The New SCOTUS Handmaiden of the Patriarchy

    The New SCOTUS Handmaiden of the Patriarchy

    03/11/2020 Duração: 18min

    Warning: This post is going to be a little bit crude. I find the proceedings in the Senate to be very crude, so this is nothing compared to that – but if crude language isn’t for you, this might be one to skip. Hey everybody – the Heritage Foundation would like you to know that Amy Coney Barrett is NOT a handmaid for patriarchy. I saw a headline from them saying as such when I googled her name and “Handmaid for the Patriarchy” because I was sure someone had already written this piece and found the Heritage Foundation’s headline instead. And we should all trust that the Heritage Foundation knows about these things, right? That Conservative Fundamentalist Think Tank wouldn’t say something like that if it wasn’t true, right? The fact is – The Heritage Foundation, while being a great representation OF the Patriarchy, does not know what the Patriarchy is – and certainly does not understand how Barrett is, in fact, absolutely a handmaiden for it. To read more of The New SCOTUS Handmaiden of the Patriarchy visit t

  • Kittens and Fluffy Clouds

    Kittens and Fluffy Clouds

    28/10/2020 Duração: 21min

    There’ve been times when I’ve seen people respond to my work with, “You’re just looking for problems.” They want me to look on the bright side. “See the good in the world!” “There are roses and sunshine!” That’s why I decided to write this piece about kittens and fluffy clouds. Who doesn’t love kittens? The problem is – there’s not much to say about kittens except the fact that they are awfully cute and there’s not much to say about fluffy clouds either, except to say that that one looks a lot like a whale. To read more of Kittens and Fluffy Clouds visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog.  This is Episode 224  Song: The Love Cats by The Cure Image by SimoneVomFeld via Pixabay Here's the link to the mentioned previous blog: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/02/20/in-which-someone-i-used-to-idolize-harasses-me-and-i-learn-a-few-things-about-the-music-business/ To support this podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review! Rate it wherever you listen or through: https:

  • Frustrated Artists and Tyrants

    Frustrated Artists and Tyrants

    20/10/2020 Duração: 21min

    From listening to the Bunga Bunga podcast, I learned that Silvio Berlusconi started as a singer. He was reasonably successful and having a great time when, apparently, his dad shamed him, asking him if he was really going to be a singer for the rest of his life. So Silvio Berlusconi quit singing. Even though he loved it. And became a shady ass real estate developer instead. This led him to becoming a shady ass media mogul and then the shady ass prime minister of Italy. Did that go well for Italy? No, no, it did not. Would Italy have been better off if Berlusconi had just continued to do what he loved and just kept singing? I think so. I blame Berlusconi’s dad for the problems of Italy. I also blame the world that denigrates the arts and deems them not enough. To keep reading Frustrated Artists and Tyrants visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist podcast. This is Episode 223 Song: Waste by Bright Red Boots Image of Silvio Berlusconi via WikiCommons To support this podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts.

  • Everybodys Favorite Nice Guy Has a New Gig

    Everybody's Favorite Nice Guy Has a New Gig

    13/10/2020 Duração: 20min

    You all remember the guy who inspired my blog post about Sticky Benevolent Sexism? (It was a few people’s favorite. It’s about the time this guy asked all the ladies to stand up so the men could applaud us.) Well, I just got an email from an organization that is trying to reckon with its own racism and sexism and this guy is apparently part of some learning group on the subject. In the email, he recommends some podcasts to listen to for this racism/sexism reckoning. I happen to agree with his recommendations so I can’t fault him for his choices. But there’s something about this particular brand of white guy leading this conversation that just makes me want to start throwing plates. To read more of Everybody's Favorite Nice Guy Has a New Gig visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog.  This is Episode 222.  Song: Not Ready to Make Nice by The Chicks Image by Chuttersnap via UnSplash To vote for The Dragoning in the Audio Verse Awards visit here: https://audioverseawards.net/ To support this podc

  • I Miss the Smiling

    I Miss the Smiling

    06/10/2020 Duração: 16min

    I’ve been going to this little sandwich shop in my neighborhood lately. It’s got a garden in the back and it’s usually pretty empty so I can take my mask off and write back there fairly easily. I never went pre-covid because it had table service and I didn’t really want a sandwich. But since I returned to Queens after almost two months away, I’ve been going a couple of times a week. It’s always the same people behind the counter and sometimes they seem to remember me and sometimes not. This last time, it was as if I’d never been there before and it strikes me that with everyone in masks, we are all a lot less recognizable than we used to be. We’re all just these eyes over cloth – and if we change the cloth every day like we should, we look like a different person every day. To read more of I Miss the Smiling, visit the Song for the Struggling Artist blog.  This is Episode 221 Song: Smile by Lily Allen Image by Pexels via Pixabay To support this podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice re

  • Bill and Teds Bogus Handling of Older Women

    Bill and Ted's Bogus Handling of Older Women

    29/09/2020 Duração: 16min

    We did it. We watched the new Bill and Ted movie. The trailer made it look kind of charming and our Gen X nostalgia for the original was strong enough to put us in front of, what we knew would be, a very silly movie. And it was! They brought back all these cast members from the original. Ted’s Dad. Ted’s Dad’s girlfriend. A hologram of George Carlin. But significantly, despite the medieval princesses’ appearance in the earlier movie, the actresses who played them did not play them in this new movie. Instead, the filmmakers cast two women who are about ten years younger than the original princesses. This made me mad. And curious. To keep reading Bill and Ted's Bogus Handling of Older Women visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog.  This is Episode 220 Song: Back in Time by Huey Lewis and the News Image by Allodium via Pixabay To support this podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review! Rate it wherever you listen or through: https://ratethispodcast.com/strugglingartist Join my ma

  • And Then the Internet Went Out

    And Then the Internet Went Out

    22/09/2020 Duração: 16min

    While I was polishing up my blog about the power outage, I googled Tropical Storm Isaias to double check I was spelling it correctly. The request timed out but I figured it was just this thing the wifi does in our apartment where it gets moody about the distance between my computer and the router. After bringing it closer and then plugging in the ethernet cable and switching everything off and on again a million times, I had to accept that there was no internet. I found it ironic that I was trying to post a blog about the power of power, in which the power of the internet played a role, and could not because, while I did have electricity, I had no internet access. To keep reading And Then the Internet Went Out, visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog.  This is Episode 219  Song: Wild World by Cat Stevens Image by TheDigitalArtist by Pixabay  To support this podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review! Rate it wherever you listen or through: https://ratethispodcast.com

  • Comfort Is Not the Point

    Comfort Is Not the Point

    15/09/2020 Duração: 18min

    Now that things are starting to open up a little, there are increasingly tough decisions to be made. There are negotiations to be had. There are choices to consider. “Let me know what you’re comfortable with,” someone said as we negotiated how we’d be together in this moment. But comfort is not the point. Masks aren’t comfortable. Keeping at least six feet away from people we care about is not comfortable. Staying in, in our uncomfortable apartment, is not comfortable. But comfort isn’t the point. I am very comfortable without a mask. I am comfortable in close proximity to people. I’m comfortable hugging almost anyone. I’m a theatre person; I’m comfortable with a massage circle. Heck, in the right crowd and context, I’d even be comfortable in a dog pile with face to face singing. I’d be so comfortable in a big theatre chock full of people. That’s my happy place and so comfortable. What I’m comfortable with doesn’t matter. To read more of Comfort Is Not the Point visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog

  • Do You Have Power?

    Do You Have Power?

    08/09/2020 Duração: 24min

    The neighbors were walking through the neighborhood checking out the damage caused by Tropical Storm Isaias. I asked them if they had power and they shook their heads. None of us had power. And of course, I’m talking about electricity. I was staying at my friend’s place and the storm had brought down trees all over the area, knocking out power lines everywhere. Rich neighborhoods, poor neighborhoods, the power grid was out for everyone. To read more of Do You Have Power? visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. This is Episode 217 Song: Power by John and Johanna Hall To donate to Unite to Light visit: https://www.unitetolight.org/ Image via Pixabay Listen to The Dragoning here and support via Ko-fi here: https://ko-fi.com/messengertheatrecompany To support this podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review! Rate it wherever you listen or through: https://ratethispodcast.com/strugglingartist Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/ Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.

  • I Am a Genius

    I Am a Genius

    01/09/2020 Duração: 17min

    Does it make you uncomfortable when I say I am a genius? I can see why it might. Women aren’t supposed to be geniuses, for one thing, and they should be modest, as well, so even if women COULD be geniuses, they shouldn’t go around declaring themselves such. We learn very early that we should hide our intelligence, that we should be quiet about what we’re good at and that we are never going to be seen as brilliant. Because being brilliant, and being a genius, is for boys. To read the rest of I Am a Genius, visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog.  Song: Supra Genius by Soul Coughing Image by ElisaRiva via Pixabay Listen to The Dragoning here and support via Ko-fi here: https://ko-fi.com/messengertheatrecompany To support this podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review! Rate it wherever you listen or through: https://ratethispodcast.com/strugglingartist Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/ Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStruggling

  • Is a Seventeen Year Old Girl Convincible?

    Is a Seventeen Year Old Girl Convincible?

    24/08/2020 Duração: 19min

    I sort of thought I was all done sorting through my past and re-evaluating. I’d scanned through it during the various waves of Yes All Women and Me Too. But the other day, I found myself suddenly absolutely newly furious about a relationship I had when I was 17. Before this moment, I had mostly fond memories of this relationship and, despite some ups and downs, I remained friends with the man. Until now, I’d seen this relationship with the eyes of the seventeen-year-old girl who was in it. Now I’m 46 and I realize that I had no business being involved with a twenty-three-year-old man. He should absolutely not have been messing around with me, a seventeen-year-old girl. To keep reading Is a Seventeen Year Old Girl Convincible? visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. This is Episode 215 Song: I Saw Her Standing There by The Beatles Image of Edith Wharton via WikiCommons Listen to The Dragoning here and support via Ko-fi here: https://ko-fi.com/messengertheatrecompany To support this podcast: Give it 5 s

  • The Benefits of No One Caring About Your Work

    The Benefits of No One Caring About Your Work

    17/08/2020 Duração: 14min

    When a friend of a friend asked me for some advice about starting a blog and Patreon, I told her the truth – that most writers struggle to find an audience and the internet is largely indifferent to our work. I realized after I hit send, that this might not be the kind of advice a writer might want to hear. I mean, I know I expected that the internet would fall at my feet and deliver me instant recognition when I first began writing and posting music there. I think imagined that there were people who spent their days just running their fishermen’s nets through the internet’s wide oceans looking for gems. This is what I thought despite the fact that I never used the internet that way myself, nor did I know anyone else who did. But I suppose hope springs eternal? Anyway, there are no gem finding internet fishing boats and putting things up on the internet is largely like going outside in a thunderstorm and shouting your latest sonnet. It’s not likely to be heard or even noticed. Very few people, besides the one

  • Theatre, Celebrities, Hope and What Were Doing Now

    Theatre, Celebrities, Hope and What We're Doing Now

    12/08/2020 Duração: 24min

    Part of the reason I just went ahead and went full steam ahead with this podcast idea of mine a few months ago is that I thought, well, with all the theatres shut down, theatre journalists will have absolutely nothing to talk about – so maybe a little indie theatre company making work in the middle of this storm will suddenly be of interest. Maybe, I thought, this is our opening. We are, after all, still making theatre of a kind – even if it’s in solely audio form. Theatre lovers will want to hear it, I naively thought. Turns out what theatre lovers want is celebrities. Turns out theatre lovers would rather watch cast reunion zoom meetings. They would rather gaze at Kristin Chenowith’s bookshelves than engage with some off-off Broadway something or other. Big companies would rather air the stuff in their vaults than point the way to smaller companies who may have already been working in the digital space. Theatre lovers would rather listen to a podcast of people talking about famous theatre than actually lis

  • Theatre Is Dead. Long Live the Theatre.

    Theatre Is Dead. Long Live the Theatre.

    04/08/2020 Duração: 16min

    For the last few months, I have been trying to grapple with the loss of my primary art form. When theatres shut down back in March, it was painful but we all hoped it was temporary – just a little disruption in our theatre lives. As time has worn on, and the virus has gotten worse here in the US than it was when they shut the theatres down (Florida reported 12,000 cases this week, which is twice what New York had back in April at the height of things.) it has become increasingly clear that theatre won’t be back any time soon. The art and business that we knew and loved is dead. There’s a small chance of zombification but theatre as we knew it is probably over. To read more of Theatre Is Dead. Long Live the Theatre. visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. This is Episode 212  Song: There's No Business Like Show Business by Irving Berlin Image of Epidaurus by KiraHundeDog via Pixabay Listen to The Dragoning here and support via Ko-fi here: https://ko-fi.com/messengertheatrecompany To support this p

  • Favorite Sons and Unicorns

    Favorite Sons and Unicorns

    28/07/2020 Duração: 23min

    Over the last few years, I have leaned into making work for young people – both as a theatre maker and as a writer. I dove head first into Theatre for Youth and then, later, into middle-grade fiction. I went to conferences for both and found that they shared something I didn’t expect. They were both fields that were largely run by women. Women were the decision makers and the middle (wo)men. Women dominated – which was very nice to see. There aren’t a lot of fields where that is true. To read more of Favorite Sons and Unicorns, visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. This is Episode 211. Song: C'e La Luna Image by Teodor Drobota via Unsplash Listen to The Dragoning here and support via Ko-fi here: https://ko-fi.com/messengertheatrecompany To support this podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review! Rate it wherever you listen or through: https://ratethispodcast.com/strugglingartist Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/ Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook

  • Now Would Be a Hard Time to Start a Creative Practice

    Now Would Be a Hard Time to Start a Creative Practice

    21/07/2020 Duração: 16min

    For well over a decade, I have had a daily writing practice. I’ve developed various pieces of it over the years but it has included, consistently, at least an hour of concentrated writing. I have written about it before – here, here and here if you want to know more. The thing about a practice, the practice of anything, I suspect, is that it is not always easy but the fact of it makes some other things easier. Let’s say I had a daily swim practice (which, lord knows, if I had access to a pool I would have). It might be hard to get in the pool somedays but surely I’d get better at swimming over time and perhaps even challenge myself to learn new strokes as time went by. Days wherein I didn’t swim might feel strange somehow and a little off. This is true for a writing practice, as well. To keep reading Now Would Be a Hard Time to Start a Creative Practice, visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. This is Episode 210 Song: Water River Stone by Emily Rainbow Davis Image by Ichigo121212 via Pixabay Listen

  • The Difference Between A and Z and Progressive Politics

    The Difference Between A and Z and Progressive Politics

    14/07/2020 Duração: 25min

    My State Assembly member has been kind of amazing at her job. Let’s call her A because this is about her but not really about her. She is amazing, though. She’s super progressive and has gotten some really sticky legislation passed. She’s kind of heroic that way. Every time I’ve sent her emails through ResistBot or something, when I wasn’t QUITE clear who was supposed to handle the thing I was concerned about, she has responded to those emails immediately and almost every time, the response has been something like, “Thank you for your message. I sponsored a bill about this and am working to pass it now.” It’s happened more than once. She’s ahead of me every time. She’s remarkable. So – that’s A. Z showed up a few months before the primary elections. We started to get flyers from him and see posters. I couldn’t figure out whose seat he was running for because he was pitching himself as a progressive change candidate and both of our state reps are some of the most progressive reps around. Like, who is he tryin

  • A View for a Small Apartment in NYC

    A View for a Small Apartment in NYC

    07/07/2020 Duração: 22min

    It was when I noticed I was pushing our building door open with my hip that I started dedicating clothes for inside or outside. With the pandemic raging outside, no extra precaution seemed too crazy at a certain point. So I take my clothes off at the door and go wash my hands before putting on the inside clothes. When Scott started wearing outside pants, I thought it was overkill but then I noticed all the times I made contact with the world when I went out in it – like that door and my hip. I’ve started to realize that things are a little different for folks in other parts of the country and world, and so, in the interest of preventing other places becoming an epicenter like this, it seemed like maybe a little recounting of what has become normal for us might be useful. To keep reading A View from a Small Apartment in NYC visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog.  This is Episode 208 Song: Apartment Four by They Might Be Giants Image by caronessel via Pixabay Listen to The Dragoning here and supp

  • How to Help Artists the Most

    How to Help Artists the Most

    30/06/2020 Duração: 24min

    As a self-described struggling artist™, when the pandemic struck us and people suddenly started worrying about struggling artists, many folks thought of me. I appreciated it very much. It was quite remarkable to suddenly receive support I didn’t explicitly ask for. But as a Struggling Artist™ (just kidding, it’s not trademarked,) I have felt some ambivalence about the resources for us that I’m seeing emerge. The bulk of them are emergency funds and they are incredibly necessary for so many people. I bow down to those who are raising those funds. But one thing I’m thinking about a lot is how few artists I know who would actually apply for these sorts of resources. Everyone I’ve talked with about them is leaving them for someone who is in real need. To read more of How to Help Artists the Most, visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog.  This is Episode 207 Song: We Close Our Eyes by Go West Image by ddouk via Pixabay Listen to The Dragoning here and support via Ko-fi here: https://ko-fi.com/messenge

  • Something About Juliet, Naked

    Something About Juliet, Naked

    23/06/2020 Duração: 20min

    Despite generally being a Nick Hornby fan, I resisted reading Juliet, Naked for a while because of the title. When I finally read it, I remember being glad that it wasn’t actually about a naked woman. I remember liking it but I’m fairly certain I was in a different decade of my life then. After watching the film version, I find I’m curious to re-read the book – to find out if it’s as problematic as I found the movie. I was going to say “sexist” instead of “problematic” but I’m not sure if the movie is as sexist as the world is. It just highlights some of the ways the world is sexist and it’s problematic for me because it’s also a bit seductive. To keep reading Something About Juliet, Naked visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist. This is Episode 206  Song: Romeo and Juliet by the Dire Straits Image of Parker Posey via Wikicommons Listen to The Dragoning here and support via Ko-fi here: https://ko-fi.com/messengertheatrecompany To support this podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice re

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