“I do want to make music that people love, but I also want to make music that I love. I know I can’t please everyone with anything I do, so I don’t think too much about how other people are going to take things.” – Rivers Cuomo (Weezer)
Alright here’s a silly thing: I have received a few messages recently from people on social media that are asking me to tone down my facial expressions when I sing. Now, I am a very passionate and emotional person — I am shameless and very transparent about it. And music is my main method of expressing these wild feelings inside of me — I would literally implode without this form of energy-channeling. So when someone suggests I should restrain myself, I don’t even know what to say. How? How is this even possible? How, Sway?
No, I will not conform to other peoples’ dissonant desires when it comes to my art. I will not be self-conscious of my appearance while I channel music. I will communicate my soul’s message through the sounds which spring from my lips as well as through the uninhibited motions of my face and body. I will be the wild woman I am and if they don’t like it, they can just go do something boring because clearly that’s what they prefer.
Bill Thompson, who researches music and emotion at Macquarie University, says this: “We know that music powerfully activates our motor cortex – the part of the brain responsible for every movement we make – as we move our fingers, limbs, and mouths. Taken with a strong dose of emotional response to a meaningful tune, this motor activity in the brain permeates your behavior and has kind of a cascade effect.”
Now I will sing BJ The Chicago Kid’s “Real Love Never Dies”, which is an homage to James Brown’s “King Heroin” — and you will witness my intensity whether you like it or not! Haha! Honestly I don’t even think I’m being that extra in this clip. Maybe I just don’t care. But maybe it’s because when I watch it, all I see is pure presence, feeling, dedication, and love for the moment. The point is, don’t let anyone’s opinions make you feel like you’re somehow wrong for being who you naturally are. You are unique and wonderful. Thank you for being with me today.
“Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world. Don’t let anything stand in the way of the light that shines through this form. Risk being seen in all of your glory.” – Jim Carrey