I was lucky enough to have that experience when I was 19; when I sang songs like The Closest Thing to Crazy , Nine Million Bicycles and Wonderful Life — it was like a magic wand turned my life from being a teen to an internationally touring life. The 20th century saw lots of leaps in the process of making music too.
The gramophone improved the fidelity of the wax-master which replaced the noisy, acid-etch system. Over the decades that followed, there were huge leaps in technology — and of course we had the s, a period where music really transformed society. The world is big enough- and there are enough people with varying degrees of motivation and morality to pursue the craft of the song in different ways. It has this interesting invisibility. Music also allows you to question the truth.
Let me tell you about my own personal experience. In , I had an episode of severe mental illness which lasted for two weeks. I really thought that was it , but I came out of it, and the process of experiencing that, and coming out of it gave me this personal idea about truth.
I started to find beauty and inspiration in the most mundane things. Before I got sick, I had this chip on my shoulder about life — it was unfair and limiting. When I got better, even simple things like being able to wake-up, go for a walk, speak, and observe life, felt viscerally stunning and good. I found a state of being — a state that gave me perspective and feeling about life and my place in it.
I often get asked about whether I write the lyrics or the music first. For years, I was obsessed with lyrics, and I thought that was the element of technique I had to perfect. I went on these great online courses at Berklee College , headed by a teacher called Pat Pattison , I turned to the wonderful books on poetry writing by Fiona Sampson , but there was still something else I needed to achieve the level I wanted to.
There was a frustration. The real issue was about the state, mood and energy that I was feeling inside, and which was around me. Song writing is about finding a vision that sets the mood and state for the work and process. Then you need to put in the time and the good vibes to achieve that vision. That does create structures, and the opportunity then is to create beauty within that structure. Making music envelops you. We looked, for example, at whether there was a link between the square shapes that make up our world, and our cities, and the square shapes that appear in modern music.
Q: Do you create your music with a particular intimacy in mind, whether one-to-one or stadium? I want to record something that sounds amazing whether you are listening on little headphones, in the background at a supermarket, or in a huge stadium.
There are occasions though, where I want to create sounds for certain spaces. Lyrics are a cousin of poetry, but so too is the great fruit-and-veg-seller in the East End who has rhythm and art in their communication.
The English language is just stunning too — I learned English at the age of eight, and Georgian is my mother tongue which is similar to Italian, very operatic, and very up and down. English has a beautiful lilt to it — it makes it perfect for song. For me, the process of writing lyrics is the process of designing words for the purpose of being sung. I love to play with vowel-sounds for example and try and design the bounce of a lyric line as aesthetically as possible to match that vowel sound.
Ultimately — the actual story, and what the character is trying to say in the song has to breathe as one with the music. Music is like food, we need it. Music becomes a strong part of our memories, our sense of self, and identity. Melua appeared in a segment of the film Grindhouse , written by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. The segment in which Melua appeared, entitled " Don't ", was a faux trailer, directed by Edgar Wright and produced in the style of a s' Hammer House of Horror film trailer.
Melua and her band underwent extensive medical tests and survival training in Norway before flying by helicopter to the rig. Melua later described achieving the record as "the most surreal gig I have ever done". Melua had been a fan of Queen since her childhood in Georgia when her uncles played the band's music, so performing with May was a realisation of a childhood dream.
All profits from the single, which entered the UK singles chart at No. Melua has visited Oxfam charity shops for many years, using them frequently to buy her clothing. Melua is a patron of Fair Trees, the organisation that is trying to stop exploitation of cone pickers in Ambrolauri , Georgia, by the European Christmas tree industry. The local people in this region of Georgia are paid a pittance to risk their lives climbing 30 m high fir trees to collect the cones from which the seeds are extracted and sent to Christmas tree nurseries in Europe.
Until Fair Trees came along these cone pickers were given no safety equipment or training, no health insurance and very little pay; every year people are injured and even killed doing this work. Melua is a patron of the Manx Cancer Help charity, which offers support to cancer sufferers and is based on the Isle of Man. She attended the fundraising ball for the charity. Some references may have turned into dead links, as deep linking to individual news paper articles is not supported anymore : these links redirect you to the front page of that newspaper.
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