I believe everyone should have a favorite song; something that makes your day better and reminds you of what you love. Whether you enjoy pop music that makes you feel good, or metal that gets you pumped up, your favorite song can change your day. Music offers an escape from reality. A favorite song offers three minutes of peace; a chance to breathe and clear your mind. Music has gotten me through some tough times: death, family illness, loss of friends, and lots of drama. When I learned that my Grandma had cancer, I felt like I had no one to talk to. I turned to music to lift my mood. When one of my teachers died, I once again turned to my favorite song. It reminded me of what my family and friends had done for me: they were always there for me, just like music had always been there for me.
The kinds of music a person listens to gives an insight into their lifestyle, whether it’s care-free, relaxed, or stressed. You can learn a lot about someone, just by going through their music. Music gives people structure and defines how we live.
Earlier this year, I visited the Kazuo Ohno dance studio in Yokohama, established some 60 years ago, and collaborated with Yoshito on a performance celebrating his father's life and work. At Ohno's bedside, I witnessed a surprising vitality and sensed an almost invisible movement reverberating through his elderly frame. As he lay there, his window open to reveal a cherry blossom tree and a view of Mount Fuji, I realised that Ohno had developed a creative process that was a byproduct of his spiritual practice. Yoshito told me during my visit to the studio that they aspired to total freedom in their dance, and that it emerged from a place of universal love.
Ohno was born in Hakodate, Hokkaido; his father was a fisherman and his mother a musician. A gifted athlete, he attended Japan Athletic College, in Tokyo. His life changed in 1926 when, while still a student, he attended a performance by the Argentinian flamenco dancer Antonia Mercé, known as "the Queen of the Castanets". Soon after, he began to study with the modern-dance pioneers Baku Ishii and Takaya Eguchi.
Additionally the title track "Cut The World" is featured here for the first time. It is one of Antony's new songs for The Life and Death of Marina Abramovi? directed by Robert Wilson and staring Antony, Marina Abramovi? and Willem Dafoe.
On March 6th at Salle Pleyel in Paris, Antony will present an evening of songs by other composers. He is working with an ensemble put together by musical director Steve Bernstein of Sexmob. Expect some favorites Antony has sung in the past (including "If It Be Your Will", "Candy Says", and "Child of God") amongst many others.
URGENT APPEAL FROM ANTONY
A while ago i spent several weeks in the Western desert of Australia working on a project with elders from the aboriginal Martu community in Parnngurr. It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. The wisdom and radiance of these people was humbling. Their well-being and their knowledge of their homeland is one of Australia's most precious living assets.
Parnngurr is located near a site that the Canadian multinational company Cameco and Japanese company Mitsubishi wishes to exploit for uranium. This will have devastating consequences on the region. I have personally seen other mines in the area. They are horrific. The Martu have always known of the uranium at Kintyre; they have spoken of it for generations in their storytelling as something dangerous that should be left undisturbed. Please watch this
Anytime I need a smile, I listen to that CD. “I’ll Be There For You” is still my favorite song, and I listen to it every day to remind me about the importance of friends. It is a reminder about what is important. It is an escape from reality. It is the soundtrack of my life.
All of these songs display meaning to my life, whether in the beat or through the lyrics. Music is a very important aspect of life and perhaps even the most powerful.
I was watching the movie Forrest Gump this past week, and noticed how much of the story is told or implied through background music. The credits confirm that almost all of the tunes were actually written during the time periods corresponding to Forrest’s life. Similar idea to the assignment. 🙂
"I want to express my sorrow at the passing of Kazuo Ohno, who died today in a hospital in Yokohama at the age of 103. He was my hero and my teacher. I feel so honored to have had the opportunity to meet him and get a little closer to his family and his work earlier this year when we visited the Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio in Japan. I thank him for awakening a sense of a child inside me. I will dream of him forever, and I will search for his footsteps in the dust of life before me. I wish only for his flourishing joy." Antony
The idea is to brainstorm the most important events of your life, then find songs that meaningfully connect to each of those events. This creates something of a “Life Soundtrack.” There are several ways I could imagine writing about it and presenting it afterward.
At the age of 35 I was awarded the UK’s Mercury Prize. All the nominees were invited to perform that night. They lifted me from obscurity and celebrated me, setting off a chain of events that changed my life forever.