As Fall approaches us, it is fun to listen to hazy gothic folk music as you sip a hot beverage watching the autumn leaves fall. Based on Vancouver Island, cinematic recording artist, Ora Cogan, has released her album, Formless, available now.
“Formless took form in the abyss of grief and pandemic isolation. “I spent a lot of time wandering aimlessly in the woods with my dog,” said Cogan. The result is an outpouring of ruminations on awkward love, pain, internal struggles, and a fight to find ways to feel good when everything goes bad.”
“I want you to feel life / I want love” This track sings about life-changing loss such as losing loved ones to suicide and overdose and losing love where a connection cannot be sustained and the pit of grief that comes with it . “Feel Life” seeks ways to better understand love.
As someone who deals with the everyday grief from life-changing losses, this song spoke to me. It has been ten years of grief, anger, confusion, and “what ifs?” for me. Living is a daily fight people wake up with trying to love and feel life in a world of despair. No matter what, I know our lost loved ones want us to feel life and love to the fullest. That is what this song feels like to me, an enchanting sounding voice in my head telling me to get out of bed and take on the day.
It is no wonder as to why she has captured the attention of the lead singer of Mazzy Star, Hope Sandoval, and even shared the stage with Mazzy Star and Grouper. “Feel Life” is available now on major streaming platforms like YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Music.
Maura Marcellino is studying business and environmental sustainability at George Mason University. When she is not studying, Maura enjoys listening to music and spending time with friends and family.
Flow-bending artist aSanTIS discusses art, culture, and whether sound can solve the world’s problems in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
My interview with Amy Santis aka aSanTIS began in the most unexpected way. The Maryland-based flow-bending artist and lyrical storyteller came prepared to engage in conversation around questions I had posed – and she also brought one or two of her own thoughtful prompts based on her curiosities around my view of learning.
This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”
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