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Writing and producing virtual music in a pandemic
Violette Remington
Division:
Visual and Performing Arts
Department:
Music and Art
Mentor:
Ulrike Green
Mentor's e-mail:
ugreen@occ.cccd.edu
Author's e-mail:
Vrainrem@gmail.com
Abstract:

Elton John once said, “Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for afew hours.” The current climate of COVID-19 underscores the significance of his words. In a worldwhere millions of people are stuck at home across the globe, many have turned to the arts forentertainment and comfort. As a result, it feels appropriate as a songwriter to release something that represents a common, universal thought. “I’m Going Crazy” embodies a feeling of isolation and loneliness. A lonesomeness in a world both so populated yet now solitary. The song “I’m Going Crazy” came to me both lyrically and melodically, the writing process felt completely natural and as if I was pulling something straight out of my heart.  After writing and then recording my song, I endeavored to create a short animated video to accompany it; a visual to further express my feelings of insecurity. The chief inspiration behind my animated short was Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Much like how Alice falls down the rabbit hole, this pandemic has landed us in a different, unknown reality. Lonesomeness has been the anthem of this season of life for me and a generation. It was my goal to take these personal feelings of mine and share them, hoping that maybe my song could reach out to somebody, and make them feel a little less alone in this new, isolated world.

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