I Am Woman Watch Me Roar 3- Seraya

I AM WOMAN WATCH ME ROAR- WOMEN WHO ROCK IN MUSIC SERIES 2020

My feature  blog theme/series for the year was inspired by Marilyn of the Red Church, a Melbourne band, sprouting the title ‘Women Who Rock’ .

It is important that we, as women uplift each other and support each other in our work, cause heck, we all know the odds are already stacked against us, but will that stop us, No sire’!

‘I Am Woman Watch Me Roar’ is a detour into the collective musical landscape, inviting the shared voice of my comrades to express on theme. The title of this blog hearkens back the powerful 70’s anthem by Helen Reddy, and also evokes a sense of a powerful lioness defending her children and pride (double meaning).

INTRODUCING SERAYA  FROM BRISBANE

Briefly describe your role in Music? (eg songwriter producer dj, radio, manager, engineer, all rounder etc)

I started as a singer-songwriter and keyboardist. As time went by I became more involved in the production side, with arrangements, programming etc.

I also got involved in a different platform as a radio broadcaster for 10 years or so, with a lean toward supporting independent artists. I’m in Brisbane, I hosted a show called The Mess Hall, but I’m taking a break from the radio now and curating playlists instead.  I am still currently active with Voice Over – I have done Qantas, Neuroscience in Design and at Horizon Power I’m ‘the voice’ in their corporate in house training software.

How long have you been engaged in your musical journey?

I was born into a musical family, and as a child I sang in church as a soloist and in choirs. I started writing at 14. As a young mum I didn’t have the opportunity to start recording until my early 30’s when my children were older.

In what ways has unconscious bias (sexism or other) affected you personally?

There has been a significant impact. I don’t really like to dwell on it because it’s not a great space to live in.

Why are you sharing this video?

 

I chose Peace Love and Understanding because these interview questions reminded me about some challenges I faced in the music industry, and some injustices and painful experiences that left me feeling manipulated, hurt, used and abused. The question was about things that women face. When I think of injustice to women, as the mother of two sons (and also through discussions with male friends) I am also aware of a lot of injustice toward men. I feel the same pain and hurt and sadness when I hear and see what has happened to men at the hands of women (and there are some really terrible things that happen, and these things are rarely discussed. Men in these situations don’t get the same support as women in similar circumstances). So, rather than being anti this or that against men, women, LGBTQ or anyone, for me it is more helpful to be Pro Peace. In the presence of true peace, love, understanding and compassion there is no room at all for violence or abuse against anyone.

What do you feel women need the most to thrive in the current social and musical climate?

Wow, the current environment is a major head spin whoever you are!!

I think things are perhaps a little improved since #metoo. Even so, damage is also done in the subtlest of ways, by opportunists who prey on the vulnerabilities of creatives.

To answer your question, I feel that being really strong as a person and as an artist is a good place to start.

  • Know what your creative vision is and follow that.
  • Go with your ideas no matter what they are.
  • Don’t create for anyone else’s approval or to fit into any particular genre or niche.
  • Create music for the way it feels when you are in that place of connection to everything, where time disappears, and you feel most alive.
  • Follow your intuition.
  • Carve your own path, research and look for ways to reach you goals.
  • Be kind and considerate to others on the same journey.
  • Watch out for people with a “great opportunity” or a “fool proof plan for success” to sell you! You are the creator, you should not have to pay people to listen to your songs. No other profession pays their customers.
  • …..and don’t forget the great Hunter S Thompson quote we’ve all heard a gazillion times 😊

What has been the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome on your musical path?

When I started, there didn’t appear to be much room in the landscape for female artists in Australia. I found it very difficult to be heard, and to get airplay. Also, around this time my personal responsibilities limited the time I had available to pursue my passion for music.

Beyond these things, I would say that the greatest challenge was to be in an environment where my creativity wasn’t encouraged, valued or supported.

What is unique about a women’s voice, and approach that is so desperately needed in music today?

There’s a lot to it, but at the risk of oversimplifying it’s Venus and Mars, Shakti and Shiva. The feminine delivery and approach is going to be different to the masculine, and there is balance in having accessibility to both.

Interestingly though, when I think of female voices that I love and male voices that I love, the reason that I love them is similar – that their voice and music touch my soul in some way.

Do you have any advice for young women or others in the early stages of their musical exploration/ journey?

See the list 3 questions back.. and see live music as often as you can. Experiencing live music as an audience member will inform you in a way that nothing else does.

I have an offer on at the moment. If people subscribe to my newsletter at www.serayaonline.com they can request a digital copy of any of my projects for free.
They can view my projects at the website or on band camp
https://serayayoung.bandcamp.com/

Thank you Seraya it is a pleasure to have you on board and to share your words my musical community. Cath

Check out Seraya’s website , social media and bandcamp catalog below. Next up Shelley Karutz of South Australia (I’m leaving my thoughts on theme till last so I can refer back and summarise).

www.serayaonline.com

Social media Links

https://www.facebook.com/serayayoung/

https://twitter.com/SerayaOnline

https://www.linkedin.com/in/seraya-yo…

https://www.pinterest.com.au/serayaon…

https://www.instagram.com/serayaonline/

https://serayayoung.bandcamp.com/

I Am Woman Watch Me Roar 2- Jenni Dagley interview

WELCOME TO THE 2ND IN THE WOMEN WHO ROCK IN MUSIC SERIES

INTRODUCING JENNI DAGLEY

‘I Am Woman Watch Me Roar’ is a detour into the collective musical landscape, inviting the shared voice of my comrades to express on theme. The title of this blog hearkens back the powerful 70’s anthem by Helen Reddy, and also evokes a sense of a powerful lioness defending her children and pride (double meaning).

I first came across Jenni in the early 90’s as 3RRR DJ where she hosted a weekly show called Off the Bone, we became friends many years later. Back then and still today in community radio, people host shows for love of music, for the passion and do not get paid for it, they spend vast amounts of funds collecting music to share with everyone well before a lot of these artists achieve any sort of mainstream or commercial success. Back then indie and alternative had a very strong distinct voice which was still of the underground,  with dedicated shows, labels and record stores of the physical kind. Then Grunge changed everything, Triple J went live to air, Metal went mainstream and so did Indie taking the alternative and indie voices to the larger public.

My invitees have been asked a set of questions, Jenni’s response is below.

Briefly describe your role in Music?

Ok I was at 3 RRRFm from 1986 – 1994 hosting Off The Bone, a 3 hr alternative music show. I did a few other guest spots and I was the record librarian for 1.5 years and then Assistant Program Manager under Stephen Walker for 2 years. I did “Metal Vision” on Channel 31 from 1994- 1998 a fortnightly metal show featuring lots of local  Australian bands, filmed on location. In 1995 we were the first tv crew to film at the Big Day out . We featured Ministry , The Fireballs and more. I was a co presenter and co producer for that.

My passion for indigenous culture had me dj and co direct Barmah Beats with Yorta Yorta Nations in the Barmah forest. I Dj’d at “Camp Sovereignty” during the commonwealth games protest, at Kings domain in 2006 . The protest lasted about 8 weeks, a campsite with a sacred fire and elders from different clan nations. After that I did lots of community djing including Parkville youth rehabilitation centre for 3 maybe 4 years.

I am now a music songwriter producer.

How long have you been engaged in your musical journey? All my life I have been singing , watching and dancing to music, songwriting for 7 years though .

Why you are sharing this video? My latest song and video is about self love and the video features women from all different walks of life and experience. I want women to know that they are ‘I Am Goddess Beautiful And Magnificent – IAGBAM‘. (Jenni’s wonderful mantra).

In what ways has unconscious bias (sexism or other) affected you personally? As an alternative person, there are less opportunities, though social media is expanding our world . The world is still pretty conservative.

What do you feel women need the most to thrive in the current social and musical climate? We need respect, it would be helpful if we did not have high profile women twerking and almost naked in their videos and social media! ( I agree, it degrades the women’s voice, whilst young women may find it empowering and liberating they may not feel so twenty years down the road).

What has been the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome on your musical path? Self confidence, to put music out to the public and not having enough time when I am my own manager, press agent, creator and single mum. (Jenni is also an extraordinarily gifted milliner creating unique one of  hats out of recycled and other objects. some will feature in her IAMGBAM remix below).

What is unique about women’s voice, and approach that is so desperately needed in music today? We have the nurturing side of the human essence, in today’s market we also have the power of words and musical diversity to reach out with messages whether it be about climate, self love, abuse or love . (A lot of Jenni’s social media outreach includes empowering spiritually oriented messages for women).

Do you have any advise for young women or others in the early stages of their musical exploration/ journey? Be your authentic self. Do not change who you are to fit in, or compromise yourself and remember you are a magnificent part of creation, you can be anything you want.

THE NEXT IN THE SERIES WILL FEATURE MY OWN RESPONSE TO THE QUESTIONS THEN WE RESUME WITH WOMEN WHO ARE AUDIO ENGINEERS, COMPOSERS, SONGWRITERS HEADS OF MUSIC SCHOOLS

Check out Jenni’s Social media links below

https://www.facebook.com/VioletNightIAGBAM/

https://www.instagram.com/iagbam/

https://twitter.com/violet68night

http://iagbam.blogspot.com

I Am Woman Watch Me Roar-Women Who rock In Music series 1. Zoe Ryan

ZOE RYAN ACOUSTIC – FOREVER – WORLDS – THIS TOO SHALL PASS -STAY HOME WITH ME

We begin ‘I Am Woman Watch Me Roar’ of the ‘Women Who Rock in Music series’ for 2020, not with myself, but with an invitation that went out to my female musical friends to answer some questions on topic and help promote them and open up discussion. Please meet and enjoy Zoe Ryans performance and response. More to come.

“This is a video I am sharing with the world at this time while everyone is being advised to stay inside. It’s a time of uncertainty and change, and I wanted to send something out to people that relates to the experience of being apart from others. It is something I have written about a lot with my life on the road as music being a defining part of who I am as an artist. It also features a song that will be on my upcoming EP about change, but has a reassuring message”.

Briefly describe your role in Music? (eg songwriter producer dj, radio, manager, all rounder etc)

Singer Songwriter. Manager. All rounder.

How long have you been engaged in your musical journey?

Always. I had musical influences around me so I was very inspired as a kid. Putting on concerts was my idea of fun, and that became my life. The only time I took away from music was during university when I studied other things, but I was still writing and sharing songs with those around me. I spent the last few years living a troubadour lifestyle before setting up a studio and becoming more immersed in the recording process. I’m grateful to have been working with some great people recently who have made the recording process less daunting and more enjoyable.

In what ways has unconscious bias (sexism or other) affected you personally?

It’s undeniable that unconscious bias has affected me and many of my non-male, and non-white peers in music. Opportunities were more limited because of it in a number of spaces, from radio to print, digital and live opportunities. Unconscious bias isn’t really a conversation that is had openly and honestly within the music community or industry.

However, the issues that arise because of it have been. The conversation has been turning towards equality more and more in a changing world that leans closer to more expansive and less towards exclusive than once upon a time. I guess technology has led to this expansiveness. There’s infinite space, and it just becomes about finding ways to connect with the people who your music appeals to.

What do you feel women need the most to thrive in the current social and musical climate?

Women and non-men, and even men from minority backgrounds all need to be seen and celebrated in a whole new way. We need to remember that they have all existed in a system that has been set up in a way that unconscious bias and other influences continue to exclude them. Now is a time we have the opportunity to redefine our tastes, locally and globally, to a more expansive range of what music is. Maybe you know about artists and bands through your own social network that have been missed over the years by broader media, isn’t now a time that we can revive unheard music? Especially now that we are living in a digital age where music – old and new – can be just as easily accessed.

What has been the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome on your musical path?

I think everyone has to overcome the obstacle of self. The self can present a multitude of obstacles within it. Two of my big obstacles have been my own self-doubt and a scarcity mindset.

Once you become aware of the obstacles, they’re a lot more manageable. They might come back, but then you know what you’re dealing with, and can say to them “hello old friend, I acknowledge you’re here… but please don’t stay for long”

What is unique about the voice and approach of women that is so desperately needed in music today?

Women have always played a different role to men biologically, and this is a strength, not a weakness! The voice of women and the way of women, the nurturing and gentle nature, that’s what is needed in music and in the world. We can see that so clearly now in the times we are living in, and we are seeing some incredible examples of female leadership in the world today.

In a similar way, we really need to elevate and celebrate new women’s voices in music. Women in music have the power to speak to the world from this perspective and shape and influence what this changing world will be. Your voice creates the future! You are so powerful!

Do you have any advise for young women or others in the early stages of their musical exploration/ journey?

One woman in music told me two words when I was 20, and reminded me that I had plenty of time. ‘Keep going.’ It was significant. I would pass on that advice.

Because the world needs to hear what you have to say, and they need to hear it exactly the way you say it or sing it, no matter what anyone might say. That’s the truth. I learned that eventually.

Website URL? http://zoeryan.net 

Social media Links : 

http://facebook.com/zoeryanmusic

http://instagram.com/zoeryanmusic

http://youtube.com/zoeryanmusic

 

Next up Jenni Dagley…

Catching Stardust-The birth of a Song-Women Who Rock Series

Welcome  February 6th 2020. The Call of Oma launch was a success it is receiving airplay around Australia and there will be more interviews coming. So far  we have had feature interviews on 97.9fm and Radio Adelaide’s Out of This World. More news on that into the future. You can purchase the album The Call of Oma at all digital outlets or go here https://catherinemeeson.bandcamp.com/album/the-call-of-oma . Today we begin a new journey.

The  video below details the spontaneous song writing process as a whole, in video document format from the beginning to end, (less than thirty minutes). Features the song ‘Stardust’ a song exploring the feeling and vulnerability of new love and the fragility of the heart. It will be released as a single in 2020.

Lyrics and Music by Catherine Meeson © 2020 ℗ 2020

All Rights Reserved

A Sonic Sanctuary production February 5 2020

Contains stock footage from Videoblocks.com

‘Catching Stardust’ is the first in a series of Blogs and Vlogs on ‘Women Who Rock’ in music (title inspired by Marilyn of the Red Church) for 2020, which will explore women in music and issues of craft as well as issues affecting well-being and sense of self from a women’s perspective. They may contain surveys and interviews with others and will also be a shout-out to influential and powerful women of music through recorded her-story. Sure, to be provocative and forthright.

‘Catching Stardust’ honours the song writing process of not knowing  and going with the flow of ones muse. Stardust was the second tune I wrote by the embers of an open fire, camping out in Lerdederg state park, whilst my boyfriend slept. It was 11th March  2019.

As a form of documentation, I literally set up the phone and recorded the whole process by firelight. It is in D# alternative tuning, (something my boyfriend has introduced to me). Before this I wrote a very long riff based instrumental piece called Resurrection Codes which was also captured. Video documenting allows one to see exactly what one was doing in the moment. Once upon a time I captured my songs on tape recorder and still have a box of tapes. Years later it became phone voice recording, now occasionally I do it on video. I always drew my chord charts and progressions down.

Stardust captured the feeling of new love, vulnerability and the fragility of the heart. As with most improvisation-based tunes, I noodle till I find something that resonates with how I am feeling in the moment, then I’m off on The Windcatcher (my magical mythical musical ship), we set sail and traverse the fields of time and space through sound. I voyage through feeling, melody, harmony, rhythm and form as the song is crafted/ birthed through me. Lyrically it presents as essentially a folky tune (psychedelic folk ambience) that has been developed as a demo and was submitted to the APRA professional development competition last year.

Many people have an opinion about how to write a song and what it has to be. A formula for the genre, a set structure, the rules of harmony and form. All those things are nice but they create limits if one is rigid about it. We all know the essence of popular music form through listening to it all our lives. There is no right or wrong way. Someone will always want to change what you did or how you did it, or they will change where it wants to or could go. But you know what? It’s your song, your way, your muse and voice. There is only ‘what is’ in the moment of creation. Finding ones own voice and style is essential in a world of wannabes. All one can ever truly be is oneself. Therefore, cultivate uniqueness, that is following the dao of your own unique unfolding on the river of life.

Sure you can refine songs later, re arrange them , adapt them etc, but in my experience  ( I can say this because I have been writing songs now for 33 years), they come out mostly complete entities; a chord progression and a vocal lyrical melody that stands by it’s own integrity. One does not need to agonise over it or get all intellectual about it. It’s a different process to writing to a brief or modern electronic based song writing, this is the old school way of instrument and words. It’s organic, with the flavours and tools of local space time, i.e. the feel and the instruments/ resources at hand.

You don’t go to school to learn how to write songs, you just write them. You go to school to learn composition, but degrees for song writing, that will get you a bunch of rules to break and a bunch of formulas and other peoples processes. Then you still have to do your own thing. So play, experiment, make mistakes, follow your ears, follow your feelings as they express.

This video is very raw and very real,  it features me being eaten alive by mosquitos, tripping out on the sounds of the night and being in awe of the stars. It features mistakes, bum notes and the real process I go through  to find /develop and create a song. I feel I don’t create it, I just follow it as it emerges, I am just the person it comes through. Like the universe wishing to express itself. I follow the feeling, rhythm, the flow, the melody. The lyrics come as to be expected. My hope is that this video demystifies and normalises the song writing process. This took less than thirty minutes to write.

As far as what is it – to fix it in a genre, I guess I would call it folky, psychedelic folk, as it has been developed and uses fx pedals. The structure is pretty standard. Intro, verse, bridge, chorus, verse, bridge, chorus, outro. The instrumentation so far is simple, acoustic guitar with fx, bass, guitar riffs on the ricky, programmed beats and vocals, main and back up. It was a time-based completion for APRA ‘s professional development award program, (which obviously I was unsuccessful at). I also entered Resurrection and Standing there two more singles I hope to get out this year.  I will develop Stardust further and refine the parts for the single release, it needs tightening up, the vocal placement and vowels need to be bang on. It is very characteristically ambient, spacious and relaxing. It is a beautiful song that I am happy to say Marty Wilson Piper liked 😊 in a recent mentoring session. Marty formally of Australian rock band The Church is my favourite guitarist alongside Pink floyd’s  David Gilmour.

The purpose of this recording now is me reviewing my 60+ gig of video recordings from my phone, clearing my archives and storage and seeing what is worth developing and producing to completion. Not everything gets developed. The archives feature song ideas, improvisations on guitar, voice, bass, and piano, captured out there in the world, at work, or where ever I was at the moment. I am assessing my focus for the year and where my energies will go and what is realistic. I will aim for 3-4 singles, with a possible 3- 4 month turn around for each, that should be doable, but depends on work, funds and life.

As mentioned at the start of the blog I have a new series I will write about this year, aiming for one a month called Women Who Rock’ series. Look out for those as we journey along, and look out for my invitations to questions of relevance on Survey Monkey.

In ‘Catching Stardust’, I am inviting people into my process, I have always been pretty open about it blogging my albums creation and development of all my work.

I am promoting my services as a Creativity Coach (arts based coaching). If you are interested in Creativity Coaching and want to know more, click on the link below to my page about Creativity Coaching. The basic premise is that artists and creatives have unique sets of problems that need to be tackled and we may need the services of a whole bunch of allied health persons and professional arts industry allies, a Creativity coach can help you figure out what you need to be the best you, you can be as you bring your work into the world.

https://www.catherinemeeson.com/coaching/

Creativity Coaching is offered via skype, phone, email or in person. There are one of rate deals of $60 an hour (skype, and follow up email). And a 4 session package deal $220 (4 skype sessions, follow up email, 2 15 minute phone check ins). In person sessions will incur additional travel costs. Payment method is via the Paypal button on the weblink (secure).

Creative process is something I am an expert at and could be invaluable in assisting you to be all you can be. Make it happen in 2020. No matter the issues affecting your creative work, or sense of self in the world a creativity coach could be exactly what you need.

To this end my qualifications are  Adv Dip Music, B.A.I (Hons- music composition), Adv Dip Transpersonal Counselling & Art Therapy, Creativity coaching training with Eric Maisel, spiritual healing modalities. Professional development at Film Summer School (Melb Uni) and currently enrolled in part time Audio Engineering studies.

THE CALL OF OMA ALBUM IS OUT NOW

 

Catherine Meeson is proud to announce the release of her fourth album ‘The Call of Oma’, an epic electro orchestral concept album featuring the songs I Am (Song of the Earth) and Come Back. The Call of Oma’s musical mythology takes us beyond the veils of prehistory, to remembrances of a previous high civilisation that was wiped out by successive major cataclysms reducing the human race to “mere children playing with bones”. Referencing global mythologies, archaeological findings and earth sciences, Catherine weaves a fantastical tale about deep time through Oma the Ancient clan mother the endearing central character. Oma bares a prophetic and timely warning of what may come again. She calls us to be “Guardians of the Earth, flowers of our ancestral tree”

In theme with previous releases from Earth day 2017 (I Am (Song of the Earth) and World Oceans day 2019 (Come Back), The Call of Oma will be released on 11th December on World Mountains day to highlight the environmental ethos of the album and its core message to look after what we’ve got, and rise to protect all life on Earth. Mountains are places of scared pilgrimage and mythos the world over and are of critical importance to the world’s hydrology cycle. The glaciers and snowy peaks feed the worlds rivers and have been the cradle that all civilisations were built upon. From the heights of the world, we see all things beyond, with clear vision and perspective.

You can purchase it directly from me at Bandcamp  with production booklet which contains narration, this is not repeat not available at other digital outlets or streaming services. the Call of Oma book is exclusive to bandcamp.

Please check other digital outlets for the album it will be available everywhere and on streaming services. The launch is one month out details below.

 

The Call of Oma album release and launch dates

THE CALL OF OMA ALBUM RELEASE DATE 11.12.2019

The Call of Oma album goes live at all digital outlets on Wednesday 11th December in honour of World Mountain Day in time for solstice/ X mass.

Check out the title track ‘The Call of Oma’ video on Youtube out now.  The production booklet with narration and lyrics are only available via Bandcamp, I will post link upon release, otherwise all digital outlets will provide cover art only.

Connect to the event launch page on facebook (below) for updates leading up to 11th January 2020.

THE CALL OF OMA CONCEPT ALBUM LAUNCH @

LENTIL AS ANYTHING

11.1.2020

Join Catherine Meeson as Oma as she launches her fourth studio concept album ‘The Call of Oma’, an epic cinematic electroclassical work. Meet the mythic and mysterious Oma, the ancient clan mother from the north, from the time of the last Ice Age. She has a prophetic and timely message about what happened to us in the veils of prehistory, and warns of what may come again. Come partake of this interactive ritualistic listening party performance event and join in an adaptation of John Seed and Joanna Macy’s ‘Council of All Beings’. All ticket holders receive album download direct on the night.

On Saturday 11th January 2020 at 6:00pm

Places limited- bookings essential

Please bring cushion to sit on and sacred item to exchange

LOCATION

Lentil as Anything Back Room
562-564 High St , Thornbury, Victoria 3071

Pay for food before event

Tram 86 from Bourke st to corners Darebin and High st,Thornbury. Stop no. 36

FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE https://www.facebook.com/events/2483701411875013/

TICKETS

Adult $15 Concession $10 via Try Booking below

https://www.trybooking.com/569951