Songs for the Struggling Artist

Songs for the Struggling Artist

By Songs for the StrugglingArtist
I blogcast about Artist stuff. And Arts Related stuff. Also feminism.
*In each episode, I read a post from my Songs for the Struggling Artist blog and play a song at the end.
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I'm Not Busy
“I know you’re busy,” someone will say as we look at our calendars to pick a time to meet. Sometimes I just nod, and sometimes, I say, “I’m actually not.” Most people are a little baffled by this response. How could I not be busy? And how could I confess it? There are a lot of reasons for my retreat from busy-ness but confessing it feels more and more radical and more important all the time. To read more of I'm Not Busy visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog.  This is Episode 156  Song: I'm Busy Being Busy by Mister Rogers Image via Pixabay To support the podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review!  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Instagram and Pinterest Tell a friend!
15:08
July 16, 2019
Gen X Is a Mess?!?
Well, well, my fellow Gen X-ers. We have arrived. Again. The New York Times put out a style section spread on us and I tried not to pay attention to it because I was done, my Gen X siblings, I was done with weaving together the threads of all the Gen X articles I’d read and considered and so on. It came out a month ago but apparently I can’t leave it alone. To read more of Gen X Is a Mess?!? visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog.  This is Episode 155 Song: Kids in America by Kim Wilde Image via Pixabay To support the podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review!  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Instagram and Pinterest Tell a friend!
16:31
July 9, 2019
Posse. Team. Community.
Here’s what I’m looking for: A Squad. A Posse. A Team. Specifically: a squad, posse or team that is ready to mobilize for protests and marches and events. Here’s why: I do not enjoy protests and marches. I’m a highly sensitive introvert with an aversion to crowds and shouting. But I know they make a difference and I often feel as though I OUGHT to go. Unfortunately, sometimes I just can’t muster the will. The main obstacle is that while there are many many things I am very happy to do by myself – protesting is not one of them. To read more of Posse. Team. Community, visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. This is Episode 154 Song: Solidarity Forever by Pete Seeger Image via Pixabay To support the podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review!  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Instagram and Pinterest Tell a friend!
14:36
July 1, 2019
Excuse Me, Ma'am
The man in an oxford shirt came up behind me at the narrow passage of the café and did not stop moving as he said, “Excuse me, ma’am” and walked on, scrolling through his phone. I muttered, “Don’t you ma’am me,” after he passed but what I really wanted to do was set him on fire with my magical fire-shooting ability. If you'd like to keep reading Excuse Me, Ma'am, visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. This is Episode 153 Song: Witchy Woman by The Eagles Image via Pixabay To support the podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review!  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Instagram and Pinterest
16:17
June 18, 2019
The Podcast Drama That No One Is Talking About
So the body count thus far for this adventure included one public radio podcast and one non-profit podcast host. And maybe even a non-profit podcast? But this saga was not over, friends. No it was not. Because a few weeks ago, an announcement showed up in the Note to Self podcast feed. Note to Self was coming back.  To read more of The Podcast Drama That No One Is Talking About visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. This is Episode 152 Song: Listen to the Radio by Nanci Griffith Image via Pixabay To support the podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review!  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Instagram and Pinterest
18:59
June 10, 2019
Medusa Long Shot Rocket Rejection
I started working on my Medusa play sometime around when I started my theatre company, which was close to 18 years ago. I abandoned the play after doing a reading of it but then picked it back up a few years ago when an actor, who’d read one of the parts that first time, asked after it. I don’t know if it had been a full decade at that point but the fact that it had stuck with him after so long made me feel like it was worth grappling with. To keep reading Medusa Long Shot Rocket Rejection go to the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. This is Episode 151 Song: My Curséd Tongue by Emily Rainbow Davis Image via Pixabay To support the podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review!  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Instagram and Pinterest
13:39
June 3, 2019
A Better Way to Read on the Internet - Episode One Hundred and Fifty
I thought this one post I wrote was pretty good. I know they’re not all winners. There are some that I just sort of throw together and some I really work at and this one sat somewhere in the middle, in that it had the flow of something that just emerged but the shaping of something I’d considered for a while. I guess what I am trying to say is that I was proud of it. To keep reading A Better Way to Read on the Internet go to the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. This is Episode 150. Song: Between the Wars by Billy Bragg Image via Pixabay To support the podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review!  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Instagram and Pinterest
18:51
May 28, 2019
A Taste of Being a Patriarch in the Patriarchy
For most of the last decade, every day, I’ve been using a line of Hamlet as my prompt for daily writing. The Hamlet Project has nearly 100,000 views and most of them are not people I know. I don’t get a lot of comments on it but when I do, they tend to assume I, the author, am a man. I have been called “sir,” for example, and also “bro.” I think, even when I am not explicitly gendered in a comment, I am assumed to be a man. I don’t know this for sure, of course – but there’s something about the tenor of the comments that makes me feel like I’m being mis-gendered. To continue reading A Taste of Being a Patriarch in the Patriarchy visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog.  Episode 149  Song: Rocket Man by Elton John Photo via Pixabay To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
16:37
May 21, 2019
Americans Need Dario Fo
Thanks to my dad and the Friends of the Library, a parcel full of books by and about Dario Fo arrived at my door recently. It’s been years since I last looked at his work and suddenly I was up to my ankles in Fo plays and biographies. To read more of Americans Need Dario Fo, go to the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog.  This is Episode 148 Song: Working Class Hero by John Lennon Photo by D Frohman via Wikipedia Commons To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
17:05
May 16, 2019
Fortune Favors the Bold and It Also Likes to Watch the Bold Fall On Its Face
I’ve been brave this week. I stepped WAAAAAAY out of my comfort zone and took a series of risks. This is not unprecedented. I have, over the course of my artist life, taken quite a few giant leaps. Wherever I do it, I try to psyche myself up with such platitudes as “Fortune favors the bold.” I tell myself, “Good things come to those who risk.” But even though these ideas help me to take the risk, they have rarely been true. To continue reading Fortune Favors the Bold and It Also Likes to Watch the Bold Fall On Its Face go to the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. This is Episode 147 Song: You Make Me Bold by Emily Rainbow Davis To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
14:30
May 13, 2019
The Velvet Rope
After the show, we went to the lobby to wait for the actor to emerge after her performance. The lobby was pretty busy. There seemed to be a little reception in progress, featuring sparkling wine and chocolate. The party was cordoned off with a velvet rope. We were on the other side of the velvet rope. To read the rest of The Velvet Rope go to the blog. This is Episode 146 Song: Velvet Rope by Janet Jackson To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
23:30
May 7, 2019
Here Is My Blush
Why am I bright red? What's wrong with me? Oh, that's right! The blush! The flushing! The blotching! Fun with nervous system stimulation responses! Song: Points by Bright Red Boots (my old band)  To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
20:18
April 30, 2019
These Ads Aren't Helping
Saw some ads on the subway and they are definitely not helping. Generation X, Politics and ads for a ride-share service. You can read it on the blog here. Song: Blister in the Sun by the Violent Femmes Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis
20:30
April 23, 2019
Flashback Friday - The Very First Episode of SFTSA
This was the first episode of the podcast. It came out in March of 2016. And was originally on Soundcloud. Because of Soundcloud's space limitations, I had to delete it and most of the first 70 episodes. I decided to go ahead and upload them again here on Anchor - just in case there are any completists among you. Also - it may be interesting to hear the evolution of the podcast. Along the way, there are changes in the mic, my skills at editing, the vibe, the addition of the songs and so on. Also, it's funny that the podcast started with a rejection post because those are some of the few blogs that I don't actually podcast these days.  The original post is here on the blog. 
03:56
April 19, 2019
Who Is this Arts Education Experience for?
Having spent a couple of decades in arts education, in a multitude of schools through a dozen or so arts organizations, I’ve had occasion to wonder who it’s all for. Maybe it seems obvious. It’s for the kids, of course! It’s for the students! Except when it’s really not. You can read the post on the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog.  Also, includes a chapter from my Shakespeare book.  Song: Teacher Teacher by 38 Special  * Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis
28:16
April 16, 2019
The One Who Says Thank You
What does behavior at my bagel shop have to do with the fancy cars in the neighborhood? Maybe nothing. Maybe something. You can read it on the blog here.  This is the podcast search engine I mentioned: Listen Notes Song: Thank You by Alanis Morissette Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis
17:20
April 9, 2019
Thirty Five Cents
What happened when I turned on the advertising on the podcast? Baskets and baskets of money, of course. Of course. You can read the post here on the blog. Song: Rich Girl by Hall and Oates Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis
14:15
April 2, 2019
This Is Not a Good Story
So there I was, listening to the final storyteller wrap up his story when I felt the urge to cry out, "We have reached Peak Story!" Find out what happened by listening or reading the post here on the blog.  Song: The Story by Shawn Colvin Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/ Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis
22:40
March 26, 2019
Get Out of the Boom Boom Room
What are we going to do about this 45 year old play that keeps getting assigned in acting classes? You can read it here:  https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2019/03/10/get-out-of-the-boom-boom-room/ Song: Boom Boom (Let's Go Back to My Room) by Paul Lekakis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/ Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis
20:44
March 19, 2019
The Default Character Or Why Elizabeth Acevedo Made Me Cry
Watching a presentation that Acevedo gave at the SCBWI conference made me cry but why? You can read the blog here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2019/02/28/the-default-character-and-why-elizabeth-acevedo-made-me-cry/ Song: Don't Take Me Alive by Steely Dan Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis
21:52
March 12, 2019
Atmosphere, Art, Magic and Soufflés
Why is it so much easier to write in an old dusty cafe than a beautiful beach location?  You can read the post here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2019/02/18/atmosphere-art-magic-and-souffles/ Song: Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffett (for real!)  Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis
19:59
March 7, 2019
The Cafe Wall of Fame
Cafe La Habana is an inspiring place that has been a hang out for lots of famous writers. There's just one problem.  Read it here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2019/02/12/the-cafe-wall-of-fame/ Song: Empty Chairs at Empty Tables from Les Miserables Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavisor www.patreon.com/emilyrainbowdavis Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis And right now there's a Special Offer on Patreon - if you join before the end of February, I'll send you a link to download two hours of music that you won't be able to get anywhere else. (Well, I suppose you could listen to all of last year's podcasts again and, like, edit out the songs but that'd be a lot of work for you. Why not just become a Patron if you want some tunes?) I'll also send you the Zine from the Best of the Blog from 2018
17:04
February 26, 2019
The Tribal Boost
What power does a tribe have? Who are the Kings and who are the Twos? What does Deborah Frances White's book, The Guilty Feminist have to do with it?  You can also read the blog here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2019/02/07/the-tribal-boost/ Song: "Tribe" by Kim Viera Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavisor www.patreon.com/emilyrainbowdavis Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis
23:19
February 18, 2019
In Which I Try to Defend My (Seemingly Terrible) Choice to Dedicate My Life to Theatre
"Why Does She Still Do This?" - a question once asked about a theatre maker I know that still haunts me today. Except now it's "Why Do I Still Do This?" And I'm not sure I have an answer. You can read the blog here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2019/01/28/in-which-i-try-to-defend-my-seemingly-terrible-choice-to-dedicate-my-life-to-theatre/ Song - "I Am the One" by Emily Rainbow Davis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis or www.patreon.com/emilyrainbowdavis Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis
24:03
February 12, 2019
This Is My Motherf---ing Brand
What is my personal brand? Mmm. I have some thoughts about the intersection of advertising and art and support and "creators" and Patreon and so on. Listen here or read here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2019/01/23/this-is-my-motherf-ing-brand/ Song: This Is What I Do by Rhett Miller Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavisor www.patreon.com/emilyrainbowdavis Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis
26:49
February 5, 2019
Anger Is My Superpower
I used to think I didn't feel anger. My, how times have changed. Listen here or read it there: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2019/01/16/anger-is-my-superpower/ Song: "Angry Johnny" by Poe Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis or www.patreon.com/emilyrainbowdavis Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis
21:49
January 29, 2019
In Praise of Violence (Onstage)
What happens when I try to write a fundraising email for my theatre company and end up praising violence. Listen here or read it on the blog: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2019/01/09/in-praise-of-violence-on-stage/ More about the show referenced here: https://www.messengertheatreco.org/#/Measure/
14:42
January 24, 2019
Claiming My Name
Please allow me to introduce myself. A post about my name. Listen or read it here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/12/21/claiming-my-name/ Song: I Got a Name by Jim Croce Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis
17:32
January 1, 2019
Advice for Artists
The front page article in New York magazine was some advice for artists. I have some thoughts. Listen to hear them or you can read them here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/12/17/advice-for-artists/ Song: Follow Your Arrow by Kacey Musgraves Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis
14:35
December 28, 2018
Amplify Wednesday
Some people seem to have megaphones built into their mouths/platforms. The rest of us need amplification. This is my idea for making my corner of the world a little louder for the voices I want to hear. If you want to join me for #AmplifyWednesday, feel free! You can read the original post here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/12/05/amplify-wednesday/ Song: Pump It Up by Elvis Costello Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis
14:08
December 19, 2018
Books About Anger and the Safety Tax
I'm reading so many books about anger. Are they helping or making it worse? Listen here or read it here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/11/29/books-about-anger-and-the-safety-tax/ Song: Martina by Meryn Cadell Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis
21:44
December 18, 2018
We Might Be Okay
In which I google how to growl and ride on a Trumpy plane. I also find hope. You can read it here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/11/23/we-might-be-okay/ Song: Hungry Like the Wolf by Duran Duran Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis
16:59
December 9, 2018
If She's Not Shooting Fire from Her Fingers, I Don't Want to See It
I have very specific viewing needs these days. Many many points to the entertainment that can provide it. You can read it here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/11/20/if-shes-not-shooting-fire-from-her-fingers-i-dont-want-to-see-it/ Song: "Light My Fire" by The Doors Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis
16:19
December 5, 2018
Thoughts on Defiance
In which I am confronted by a giant man in an elevator and think about what defiance means. You can read it here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/11/16/thoughts-on-defiance/ Song: Murder or a Heart Attack by Old 97s Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis
15:04
December 1, 2018
I'm Not a Productive Member of Society and I Have No Worth
How do you define productivity? Do people ask you if you've had a productive day? What do they mean? What do you mean? Why are we all so obsessed with how productive we've been? You can read it here, too: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/11/11/im-not-a-productive-member-of-society-and-i-have-no-worth/ Song: a brand new lullaby by me, Emily Rainbow Davis, called "Reuben's Lullaby" follow me on Twitter @erainbowd Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis
15:19
November 27, 2018
Why, Yes, I Am Unhinged. Thank you for noticing!
Has she become unhinged? Undone? Why, yes, she has! And speaks both in first AND third person! You can do it too! And you can read the blog here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/10/30/why-yes-i-am-unhinged-thank-you-for-noticing/ Song: Undun by The Guess Who follow me on Twitter @erainbowd Join my mailing list: https://www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/ Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis
15:54
November 20, 2018
Real Talk About Imagination
Am I a dragon? No. Am I a witch? I wish. But I do have a vivid imagination. Here's why that's good. Read it here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/10/23/real-talk-about-imagination/ Painting by Remedios Varo Song: Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis
13:12
November 13, 2018
How We Can Win
An irritating man in a coffee shop gives me an idea for how we can start the revolution. You can read along here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/10/18/how-we-can-win/ Song: In My Command by Crowded House To support the podcast, join me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis
16:07
October 30, 2018
One Woman's Dystopia Is Another Man's Utopia, I guess.
Is this shouting and racism and such what they want? Really? Also - what song should we sing at racists? You can listen here or read it at: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/10/13/one-womans-dystopia-is-another-mans-utopia-i-guess/ Episode 119 Song: Do You Hear the People Sing? from Les Miserables Support me here: https://www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis On Twitter @erainbowd
24:02
October 23, 2018
My Blog-o-versary! A Decade of Blogging.
In which I celebrate my tenth year of blogging and explain how we got here. You can read it here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/10/09/my-blog-a-versary-a-decade-of-blogging/ This is Episode 118 Song: Reeling in the Years by Steely Dan To support me go to www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis
20:37
October 16, 2018
Maybe It's Something. Maybe It's Nothing. Or, Much Ado About a Black Square.
In which women are asked to go dark on social media and post a black square and I do some investigation. You can read along here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/10/05/maybe-its-something-maybe-its-nothing-or-much-ado-about-a-black-square/ This is Episode 117 Song: American Woman by The Guess Who To support me go to https://www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis
21:35
October 11, 2018
I Am Also Part Witch
A kind of a follow up to my previous post about what it's like being a dragon now. In this post, I discover some witchy magical powers and I use them. This is Episode 116. You can read the post here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/10/02/i-am-also-part-witch/ Song: Season of the Witch by Donovan To learn more about me and/or find links for music and my other podcast: https://www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/ And to support: https://www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis
17:19
October 5, 2018
I'm a Dragon Now. The Fear of Men Is My Food.
I was nice. Now I'm a dragon. Be afraid. You can read the blog post here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/09/28/i-am-a-dragon-now-the-fear-of-men-is-my-food/ Song: Kid Fears by The Indigo Girls Support me here: https://www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis
17:37
October 2, 2018
This Post Is One Big Trigger Warning
There's nothing in this post that isn't also in the news pretty much constantly at the moment. So there's a trigger warning but if you've been watching the news, you'll be fine. I think. I'm furious. That's what this is. Post here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/09/24/this-post-is-one-big-trigger-warning/ Song: Don't Ever Touch Me Again by Dionne Ferris To support: https://www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis
19:25
September 27, 2018
Theatre is Not a Training Ground or a Compost Bin
Theatre is an art all by itself. It's not a stepping stone up or down from other forms. You can read the post here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/09/10/theatre-is-not-a-training-ground-or-a-compost-bin/ Song: (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone by the Monkees To support me, you can become a Patreon on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis
17:02
September 25, 2018
"She's a Female, So That's Interesting"
Inspired by an interview with Ron Howard about Genius. Episode 112 You can read the blog here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/08/30/shes-a-female-so-thats-interesting/ Song: Never Be the Same by Crowded House
14:35
September 19, 2018
Owning Our Expertise: One Way Zephyr Teachout Is Inspiring Me
Zephyr Teachout is inspiring in so many ways. (Vote for her for Attorney General tomorrow!) But there's something about the way she talks about her expertise that really lights me up. Episode 111 Read the blog here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/09/11/owning-our-expertise-one-way-zephyr-teachout-is-inspiring-me/ Song: The Day Between the Kings - Bright Red Boots
15:29
September 13, 2018
Art By the Numbers - SFTSA 110
In which I share my numbers with you and provide 6 ways to support artists. You can read it here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/08/19/art-by-the-numbers-or-how-to-really-support-artists/ Song: When Numbers Get Serious by Paul Simon To support me the most: https://www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis
26:05
September 13, 2018
The Change, The Phone Booth and a Sense of Doom
What happened a couple of years ago? Was it The Change? Or A Change? Am I becoming a superhero? Listen now or you can read it here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/08/13/the-change-the-phone-booth-and-a-sense-of-doom/ Song: A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke
19:33
August 23, 2018
Sometimes I Need Applause - SFTSA 108
Turns out, I've got a performer's heart still because I apparently I still crave applause. Listen here or read it here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/08/05/sometimes-i-need-applause/ Song: Applause by Lady Gaga
14:57
August 15, 2018
#MigrainePose
What is this migraine pose all the kids are using on Insta these days? (Are they really? I'd be surprised. But...)  You can read it here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/07/27/migraine-pose/  Song: Lucinda (from the Lullaby album)
15:16
August 10, 2018
Mature
People are now calling my work "mature." In this episode, I'll explain why I don't see it as a compliment.  You can read the blog post here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/07/20/mature/  Song: Sci Fi Children from the forthcoming Lullaby album  Join my supporters on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis
13:59
August 5, 2018
TV Folks Feeling Uncomfortable
TV Showrunners are upset about the #MeToo Climate and they're upset about having to readjust their ways of doing things. Here's why I don't feel bad for them.  You can also read it here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/07/09/tv-folks-feeling-uncomfortable/  Song: Sex and Candy by Marcy Playground To Support the Blog, become my patron on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis
17:48
July 28, 2018
Tortoising and Hare-ing
When it comes to creative projects, are you a tortoise or a hare? Or both? You can also read this here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/07/15/tortoising-and-hare-ing/  Podcasts recommended: This Sounds Serious and In the Dark  Song: "Los Pollitos Dicen"
11:35
July 24, 2018
Café Culture's Death by Proliferation
In which I try to understand why cafes are all so lame.  You can read it here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/06/29/cafe-cultures-death-by-proliferation/  Song - A La Nanita Nana Episode 103
11:56
July 17, 2018
SFTSA Bonus - Announcing My New Podcast (You Know, For Kids!)
This episode introduces the podcast I'm making for young people in which I read my novel, chapter by chapter. Check it out here: https://www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/readingthelibrarybook
06:51
July 12, 2018
Why I'm Thinking About Lullabies So Much
In which I explain my current project/obsession.  You can read it here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/06/26/why-im-thinking-about-lullabies-so-much/  Send me your lullabies, particularly those of separated families.  Song - "Oscar" by Emily Rainbow Davis
11:27
July 10, 2018
"He Just Came with the Building"
What the head of an arts organization said at the Memorial of an artist. You can read it here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/06/17/he-just-came-with-the-building/  Song: A Girl Named George by Emily Rainbow Davis  Recommendation: Look for William Wade's music  I'm @erainbowd on Twitter To support the podcast, become my patron on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis
12:02
July 3, 2018
SFTSA Episode 100 - 100th Episode
Celebrate! With cake! It's my 100th Episode! And some stuff I've learned along the way! You can read the blog here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/06/12/100th-episode/ Meanwhile, included in this episode: A trailer for my NEW podcast (for kids!) https://anchor.fm/reading-the-library-book Song: Lost Lullaby written by me, Emily, for the children separated at the border
16:04
June 25, 2018
A Great Idea for a Musical
What is art? And who gets to decide? Inspired by a comment on the blog, this episode also proposes a brand new musical. (And if it happens, I totally want a cut!)  You can read it here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/06/07/a-great-idea-for-a-musical-or-what-is-art-and-who-gets-to-decide/  Song: Wynken, Blynken and Nod by The Simon Sisters Episode 99
20:56
June 21, 2018
Just One Song
What's one small thing you can do to make your life better? This is one small thing making my life better.  You can read it here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/05/31/just-one-song/  Song: The Owl and The Pussycat - music by Lucy Simon Episode 98
15:33
June 15, 2018
A Big Disappointment and How to Go On
For several months I held on to the possible good news and then it wasn't good news anymore. A story in the vulnerability of stories and hope and such.  You can read it here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/05/25/a-big-disappointment-and-how-to-go-on/  Song: Sweet Baby James by James Taylor  And if you'd like to help me keep making work, you can become my patron on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Follow me on Twitter: @erainbowd Episode 97
15:55
June 11, 2018
What No Money Means
When I spoke to some college students about a life in theatre they vigorously nodded when I asked them if they knew there was no money it but did they really know what that meant?  Read it here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/what-no-money-really-means/  Song: All Through the Night by Jules Shear (Cyndi Lauper)  Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis Episode 96
17:20
June 5, 2018
Everything Interesting Happens at the Edges
Inspired by the challenges to the American theatre establishment, this blogcast explores why outsiders are the challengers. You can read it here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/05/14/everything-interesting-happens-at-the-edges/ Song: "Sacha's Song" by Emily Rainbow Davis, available on Lullabies on Spotify and other digital platforms To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
16:29
May 25, 2018
My Dentist Thinks I'm Cool
I realized something after my dentist told me I was cool. You can read it here on the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. Song: "Beautiful Red Dress" by Laurie Anderson To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
15:18
May 17, 2018
Hope Hangover
What's wrong with getting my hopes up? Well - there are consequences, for sure. You can read the blog here on Songs for the Struggling Artist.  Song: "Hope Hangover" - written especially for this blog by me, Emily Rainbow Davis To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
12:18
May 10, 2018
Migraine and the F-ing Patriarchy
"What is the migraine trying to protect you from?" Listen to find out the answer. Spoiler alert: it's the F-ing Patriarchy. You can read it too: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/04/27/migraine-and-the-f-ing-patriarchy/ To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
20:53
May 4, 2018
Spotify for Good or Ill. For Good and Ill.
Is Spotify evil or amazing? Or both? You can read the blog here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/04/21/spotify-for-good-or-ill-for-good-and-ill/ To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
21:03
May 1, 2018
Keith Richards Wouldn't Worry About His Bra
Why I want a guitar and an amp for every woman and girl.  You can read the blog here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/04/15/keith-richards-wouldnt-worry-about-his-bra/  Song - 25 or 6 to 4 by Chicago
16:42
April 24, 2018
Art As Service
Are art and service related? Is art a sales job?  You can read the blog here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/03/30/art-as-service/  Song: Designs On You by Old 97s
15:52
April 19, 2018
What People Click On
Following what people click on - how, why, etc -  You can read the blog here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/03/18/what-people-click-on/  Song - I'm Done by Emily Rainbow Davis
13:17
April 10, 2018
Please Stop Asking For Recommendations
If you're in charge of an arts opportunity, please listen to this.  Or read it here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/03/14/please-stop-asking-for-recommendations/  Recommended Podcast: Caught - https://www.npr.org/podcasts/589480586/caught  Song: The Letter by the Boxtops/Joe Cocker
12:03
March 19, 2018
How To Not Be A Creep
Wondering if you're a creep? Or how to not be one?  You can listen here or read on the blog: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/03/09/how-to-not-be-a-creep/  Song: No by Meghan Trainor
16:53
March 14, 2018
The Imbalance Of Talent Crushes
Why do girls get so many more talent crushes than boys do? I explore.  Read it here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/03/05/the-imbalance-of-talent-crushes/  Podcast Recommendation: Invisibilia  Song: Hover by Rhett Miller
14:56
March 9, 2018
Art, Entertainment And SpongeBob SquarePants
What is the difference between art and entertainment? I investigate.  Read it here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/02/26/art-entertainment-and-spongebob-squarepants/  Song: Book of Poems by Old 97s
21:22
March 3, 2018
The Glamour Of The Grammys
I went to the Grammys and all I got was this blogpost. And some perspective. And social currency.  You can read it here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/02/02/the-glamour-of-the-grammys/  Podcast recommendation: Trump, Inc.  Song: The Glamorous Life by Sheila E.
22:08
February 19, 2018
Is It More Than A Thousand?
How many people does it take to make an online group become unpleasant and uncivil? Is it more than a thousand? You can read the blog version here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/01/30/is-it-more-than-a-thousand/  Podcast recommendation: Mouthy Messy Mandatory  Song: Now We're Getting Somewhere by Crowded House
16:31
February 16, 2018
View From The Women's March NYC 2018
What was the Women's March like in NYC in 2018?  Listen or read it here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/01/25/view-from-the-womens-march-nyc-2018/  Song: Bread and Roses
16:46
February 6, 2018
To Sing Is To Survive
Why did I go back to singing this year?  Listen here or read it: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/01/19/to-sing-is-to-survive/  Song: How Can I Keep from Singing?
14:08
January 30, 2018
Gen X Part Eight - The Coda - We're Not Gonna Take It
Just this one other thing to say about Gen X and then that's it. I swear. Just this one post, and this paddle board game and this lamp and that's all I need.  You can read the blog version here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/01/15/generation-x-part-8-the-coda-were-not-gonna-take-it/  Podcast Recommendation: Employee of the Month Song: We're Not Gonna Take It by Twisted Sister
14:28
January 27, 2018
How To Congratulate An Artist
My new year's wish is for every artist to get deep support this year.  You can read the blog here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2018/01/09/how-to-congratulate-an-artist/  Recommended Podcast: The Hilarious World of Depression  Song: Find My Love by Fairground Attraction
17:07
January 23, 2018
My Grandmother's Genius
I come from a long line of working women.  Here's the story of one of them: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2017/12/19/my-grandmothers-genius/  Book recommendation: Made to Stick by Chip Heath and Dan Heath  Song: You Are My Sunshine
15:36
January 17, 2018
Hello Little Girl Culture And #MeAt14
What do Roy Moore and Into the Woods, the musical have in common? Listen or read the blog here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2017/12/10/hello-little-girl-culture-and-meat14/  Podcast Recommendation: The Heart  Song: Genie in a Bottle by Christina Aguilera
19:30
January 10, 2018
How I Learned To Be A Savvier Voter
Turns out I'm not as smart a voter as I thought. How did I find out? Listen or you can read it here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2017/12/03/how-i-learned-to-be-a-savvier-voter/  Podcast recommendation: Politically Reactive  Song: There is Power in a Union by Billy Bragg
17:43
January 4, 2018
You Had One Job, Man
Why did I want to disembowel the air with my chopsticks?  Read it here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2017/11/27/you-had-one-job-man/  Podcast Recommendation: The Bugle  Song - Four Eyed Girl by Rhett Miller
16:15
December 22, 2017
My Respect Was Yours To Lose, Or, Why Radiolab Broke My Heart A Little
I went to see a recording of RadioLab's More Perfect, this is what happened.  You can read the blog here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2017/11/09/my-respect-was-yours-to-lose-or-why-radiolab-broke-my-heart-a-little/  Song: Shout by Tears for Fears
18:15
December 12, 2017
Why I Am Indebted To Charmed (Yes, The TV Show)
Witches are having a moment. This show is not insignificant in this moment.  You can read it here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2017/11/04/why-i-am-indebted-to-charmed-yes-the-tv-show/  Recommended Podcast: Invisibilia   Song: How Soon Is Now? by The Smiths
15:31
November 22, 2017
There Was So Much Less Sexism Then
This wasn't everyone's college experience but I'm pretty grateful it was mine.  You can read the blog here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2017/10/20/there-was-so-much-less-sexism-then/  Recommended Podcast: In the Dark  Song: Don't Stand So Close to Me by The Police
15:20
October 31, 2017
Gen X Part Seven - Born At The Right Time - Episode Sixty Seven
Is it true that Generation X is in a "blood feud" with Millennials? #IdoubtIt  You can read the post here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/generation-x-part-7-born-at-the-right-time/  Recommended Podcast: 2 Dope Queens  Song: Born at the Right Time by Paul Simon
19:03
October 24, 2017
Feeling American
Never do I feel more American than when I travel abroad. At home, my identity tends to be more specific – the city I was born in, the state I’m from, the city I live in or the borough in that city or even the neighborhood in that borough. I don’t feel American in America – partly because I have always felt so countercultural. Americans are like THIS and I am like THAT. I have tended to identify more with other cultures. I have even (unsuccessfully) tried to emigrate in order to be in places that align more closely with my interests and values. If European countries had looser immigration policies, I would have moved there long ago. But…I am American. And going abroad always helps me appreciate the good side of that, in times I’m mostly seeing the bad. I have enjoyed those moments when my Americanism becomes obvious – when my friends abroad tease me for my optimism or my accent. To read more of Feeling American visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. This is Episode 65. Song: American Tune by Paul Simon Image via Pixabay To support the podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review!  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Instagram and Pinterest Tell a friend!
17:02
October 12, 2017
A Remedy for What's-the-Point-itis
Because one of my beloved collaborators loves the work of Monica Bill Barnes, I sought out a performance. As soon as I saw Happy Hour, I, too, was in artistic love. I laughed and cried. I laugh-cried and cry-laughed. It was one of those shows that made me feel as if there might be a reason to go on. I’ve seen it multiple times. I’m not going to lie; there are some days in this artist’s life in which I get a bad case of What’s-the-Point-itis. When the labor and heartbreak of making theatre just doesn’t seem equal to the reward. For me, seeing Monica Bill Barnes and Company perform is a great cure for that feeling of wondering what the point is. Good art is the point. Monica Bill Barnes’ latest show (One Night Only) was no exception in this way – but it also brought to the surface a new “-itis” that I wasn’t quite sure what to do with at first. I learned in this show that Monica Bill Barnes and I are the same age. I learned that we share a lifelong commitment to our respective art forms. And in learning about the cost of that commitment to the dancers during the show, I learned about the cost of my own. To keep reading A Remedy for What's-the-Point-itis visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. This is Episode 64 Song: The Moon Is Mine by Fairground Attraction Image lifted from Monica Bill Barnes' website, photo by Grant Halverson To support the podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review!  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Instagram and Pinterest Tell a friend!
14:17
October 2, 2017
Age Is a Feature Not a Bug
She told me her voice wasn’t what it once was. She’d taken time off from singing to raise her kids and was now coming back to it – distressed that she was not as perfect as she once was. There was a sense that her lived-in life had diminished her instrument. I, too, had left aside my singing for a bit. Not entirely, of course, but aside from the occasional song for a friend, I hadn’t really kept at the technical practice of vocal performance. But ever since the election, I have leaned back into music and find myself singing again – because it is the only thing that makes me feel better. Raising my voice in song is how I express my fury, my fear, my determination to fight for the things I believe in. And I’ve been around the block a few times so my voice is not as technically proficient as it was, once upon a time. And I find that I really don’t care. I don’t care if I don’t hit a note with the exact tone I was imagining. I don’t care if a sound comes out strangled that I meant to sound clear. When I listen back to moments like that, I find that I like that catch in my voice. It is what I feel now. That catch is a feature not a bug. My age is a feature, not a bug. This is Episode 63 Song: Twilight by Shawn Colvin/Robbie Robertson Image via Pixabay To support the podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review!  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Instagram and Pinterest Tell a friend!
13:06
September 26, 2017
Apparently, Being a Sexist Jerk Pays Well
Perhaps this isn’t news to you. Probably especially not this year. Not in 2017 when we’ve seen one of the biggest sexist jerks around continue to profit on his sexist jerkholery. But… this isn’t about that. This is about a smaller corner of the sexist landscape. One of my feminist heroes is Anita Sarkeesian who has been making videos at Feminist Frequency since 2009. My personal favorites were her looks at Legos and her explanation of the Bechdel test. (This was before the Bechdel test was common knowledge – an evolution that I suspect that Sarkessian had a hand in.) You may have started to hear about her after her Kickstarter campaign to make videos about women in videogames triggered a terrible hate campaign against her. Then the parade of horrors known as Gamergate began to target her as well. I recently read an article about her experience of speaking on a panel at a video conference and being harassed in person. There’s a lot to take in in this article – but the thing that shook me rather badly was the fact that two of the leaders of Gamergate and Sarkeesian’s harassers-in-chief both make their living from making videos about their harassment and get their support through Patreon. The article reports that one makes $5000 a month from his videos and the other $3000 a month. To read more of Apparently, Being a Sexist Jerk Pays Well visit Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. This is Episode 62. Song: The Only One by Billy Bragg To support the podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review!  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Instagram and Pinterest Tell a friend!
21:18
September 21, 2017
Will You Wish You'd Been There?
Listen you guys. I hate going to protests. They’re loud and shouty and there are crowds there – usually big ones – and that’s sort of the point. But sometimes I make myself go despite my natural inertia – you know, that thing that makes it easier not to go than go. And given that there are protests nearly every day now, it can be hard to figure out whether it’s a time to hit the streets or a time take care of myself. My barometer has become: Will I Wish I’d Been There? To keep reading Will You Wish You'd Been There? visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. This is Episode 61 Song: Waiting for the Great Leap Forward by Billy Bragg Image via Pixabay To support the podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review!  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Instagram and Pinterest
18:09
September 19, 2017
Generation X - Part 6 - Selling the Drama
Do you remember, before we were Generation X, when we were the Pepsi Generation? Right about that time that Michael Jackson’s hair caught on fire? We were told that Pepsi was the choice of a new generation and there were videos and apparently our generation bought into it hardcore. We were also Peppers. Wouldn’t you like to be a Pepper, too? But that Pepsi Generation technique was actually a marketing campaign for Baby Boomers first and it worked so well for Pepsi when Baby Boomers were kids that they thought they’d try it out on us, too. And all the generations after. How you like Pepsi, Generation Next? Feel like joining the conversation since you “are the movement, this generation“? A lot of the conversation about generations is actually driven by advertising. To read more of Generation X - Part 6 - Selling the Drama visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog.  This is Episode 60 Song: Selling the Drama by Live Image via Pixabay To support the podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review!  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Instagram and Pinterest
19:54
September 14, 2017
Generation X Part 5 - It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
On the Stuff You Should Know podcast about Baby Boomers, the hosts (both Gen X-ers) pointed out that generations are often characterized by events that shake their collective innocence (e.g. 9-11, JFK, Challenger) They then suggested generations might as well be characterized by the technology that unites them. Boomers were the first generation to grow up with TV. Gen X was the first generation to grow up with video and videogames. Computers, too. And Millennials grew up with more ubiquitous computers and the spread of the internet. Generation Z is growing up with smartphones. So…we somehow define our humanity by the technology at hand. Probably cavemen were like, “Yeah, our young ones are the Fire Generation. They’ll never what it was like for us before we got that life changing Fire stuff.” Probably the Fire Generation and the House Building Generation got together and sang songs at each other right over the head of the lone representative of the farming generation, who declared that all this generational thinking is bullshit. To keep reading Generation X Part 5 - It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog.  This is Episode 59 Song: It's the End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine) by REM Image via Pixabay To support the podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review!  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Instagram and Pinterest
21:35
September 7, 2017
(Still) Waiting to Be Discovered
As a child, I wanted to be an actor but I lived in a small city wherein my opportunities were mostly school plays and community theatre. This did not stop me hoping that some director or producer would stumble upon me and whisk me away to Broadway or the movies. I imagined someone like the Hollywood guy in Cold Comfort Farm seeing me somewhere and a light would shine on me the way it does on Rufus Sewell and he’d know I was gonna be a star! To keep reading (Still) Waiting to Be Discovered visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. This is Episode 58 Song: The Angel in the House by The Story Image via Pixabay To support the podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review!  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Instagram and Pinterest Tell a friend!
15:57
September 3, 2017
The Beginning of Authority in Theatre (and Beyond)
At the end of the evening, the young actors were hanging on his arms, pleading for an audition for whatever he did next. He had just joined a company four months before and directed his first show in the months previous. The last time I’d seen him, a year before, he’d asked me for advice about beginning. Now he was asking if I wanted to be his assistant. I have had a company for 16 years and a Master’s Degree in Directing. But no young actors hang on my arms or tell me they will stalk me until I let them audition. My friend is a white man with an authoritative air. To read more of The Beginning of Authority in Theatre (and Beyond) visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. This is Episode 57 Song: Authority Song by John Cougar Mellencamp Image via New York Public Library's Digital collection To support the podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review!  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Instagram and Pinterest Tell a friend!
13:21
August 31, 2017
Where I'm From
I’m not from here. New York City is where I live and where I feel at home but where I’m from is a small city in the hills of Virginia. It’s the kind of city that sometimes gets called cosmopolitan – not because it’s a bustling metropolis but because it has a vibrant arts culture and an intellectual fire. This place is as much a part of me as my leg is. My hometown feels like part of my body. Where I’m from is green, green hills, green lawns, trees and trees and trees. It is people gathering under fairy lights on a red brick road. It is a place where you can see the stars in a backyard. It is a place in which sometimes you feel like you know everyone and a day later feel as though you know no one anymore. People will smile at you and say hello when you walk past. To read more of Where I'm From visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. This is Episode 56 #Charlottesville #Virginia #hometown Song: The Streets of Where I'm From by Old 97s Image via Pixabay To support the podcast: Tell a friend. Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review!  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Instagram and Pinterest
19:42
August 22, 2017
Gen X - Part 4 - I'm the Only One
There was never a real Gen X feminist movement. We were told our mother’s had taken care of that for us. And surely our mothers hoped they had. Some of our mothers (and fathers! There were some feminist fathers then, too!) bought us Free to Be You and Me and from that we learned that mommies were people and daddies were people and William had a doll and that it was alright for all of us to cry. Lego was for all of us and girls were told we could be anything we wanted. To read more of Gen X Part 4, I'm the Only One, visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. This is an eight part series on Gen X. This is Episode 55 Song: I'm the Only One by Melissa Etheridge Image via Pixabay To support the podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review!  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Instagram and Pinterest
20:15
August 20, 2017
Generation X Part 3 - Islands in the Stream
When magazines used to write about Generation X, they were pretty darn concerned about how much time we spent on our own, unsupervised. The Latch Key Generation may not have really stuck to us as a name (I imagine this was partly because, what’s a LATCH key? When does anyone use the word “LATCH KEY”? It’s clearly an old fashioned word. It’s a key, guys.) but, yes, a lot of Gen X kids went home from school by ourselves because our parents were at work. You could see this as a problem. (Oh, those poor lonely unsupervised children!) Or, you could see it as a gift. (What independence! What self-reliance!) Leave us alone for long enough, we tend to solve our problems on our own. To keep reading Generation X Part 3 - Islands in the Stream visit the Songs for the Struggling blog. This is Episode 53 Song: Islands in the Stream by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton To support the podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review!  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Instagram and Pinterest
17:45
August 7, 2017
Social Media and Discussion
One of the weird things about sharing my writing on Facebook (which is where I collect the bulk of my views on the blog) is that, when it’s shared by others, I can sometimes see how people respond to my work without responding to me directly. On my own page, my friends are generally respectful and look at my work in the context of the person that wrote it, since they (most of them) know me. On other people’s posts of my work, I have seen some rather startling assumptions pop up. The most vivid example of this was a response to my Single Gender on a Train post. While most of my post was about being a woman in public, there was a bit about the distinction between that experience in NYC and in smaller places. The comment about the blog on my friend’s page seemed to be mostly in response to a single line in the piece, the one my friend pulled as a headline – a line about HRC and the urban/rural divide. A thing, by the way, that there have been endless think pieces about. To keep reading Social Media and Discussion visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. This is Episode 53 Song: The Dangling Conversation by Simon and Garfunkle Image via Pixabay To support the podcast: Tell a friend! Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review!  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Instagram and Pinterest
14:14
July 31, 2017
Gen X Part 2 - We Belong
Generation X has tended to resist being labeled and we also tend to resent being identified with a group. We like to think ourselves as individuals. I have a Gen X friend who finds the concept of a “hive mind” deeply troubling. It strikes him as dangerous conformity to ask the hive mind what it thinks. I get it. I identify as a non-conformist, too. But I also grew up listening to a lot of Steve Martin records. And from an early age, I understood the irony of identifying as a non-conformist along with a group through this part of his routine: STEVE MARTIN: And now let’s repeat the non-conformist oath! I promise to be different! AUDIENCE: I promise to be different! STEVE MARTIN: I promise to be unique! AUDIENCE: I promise to be unique! STEVEN MARTIN: I promise not to repeat things other people say! AUDIENCE: (laughter) To read more of Gen X Part 2 - We Belong visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. This is Episode 52 and part two of an 8 part series. Song: We Belong by Pat Benatar Image via Pixabay To support the podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review!  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Instagram and Pinterest
12:28
July 28, 2017
Another Kind of Story I Never Want to See Again
Previously, I wrote about a show that inspired me to make a list of stories I never want to see onstage again. I have now seen another show and discovered another story I have had my definitive fill of. Can we please call a moratorium on the fallen woman plot? You get a pass if your name is Jane Austen or Charles Dickens and you were writing social commentary about this shit in the 1800s but if you are a writer in 2017, do us all a favor and leave this tired old horse alone. To read more of Another Kind of Story I Never Want to See Again visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. This is Episode 51 Song: Both Hands by ani difranco Image via Pixabay To support the podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review!  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Instagram and Pinterest
13:39
July 21, 2017
Why Giving Up Art Is Not an Option
The actors stood up and I started crying. The house lights went down to start the show and moments later I was moved. It took a moment to shake me out of my familiar world. But it wasn’t just the moment, of course. There was a world of history behind the moment. It was the skill and finesse of a lifetime of theatrical practice that knew how to bring that world into a moment. It took extraordinary expertise and sensitivity to make something so simple so powerful. It took mastery. After giving me such a powerful moment right out of the gate, I thought, “There might be nothing else as good as this in the rest of this show but if this is all it has to offer, it would be enough.” But it was definitely NOT all it had to offer. I saw a play that exquisitely resurrected the past while shining light on our present. It made me weep so often I wished I’d brought a box of tissues with me. And I almost never cry in the theatre. All around me, I heard the quiet sound of other people taken over by their emotions. To keep reading Why Giving Up Art Is Not an Option visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog.  Song: Fields of Joy by Lenny Kravitz This is Episode 50 Photo of Broadway Production by Carol Rosegg To support the podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review!  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Instagram and Pinterest Sponsorships: off for 
14:47
July 16, 2017
Generation X - Stuck in the Middle with You
While visiting a small town, I found myself at a local restaurant, where a band was playing their Saturday night gig. The band’s leader sang about being a kid in 1992 which helped me place him as a member of the Millennial generation. The audience was mostly represented by the Baby Boomer Generation, with a handful of the band’s Millennial friends in the mix. When the band played a cover of a hit song from the Baby Boomer’s youth, they filled the room with exuberant dance. And the Millennial men in the audience turned red from containing their laughter. There was an atmosphere of these two generations trying to communicate with one another and find some kind of balance between them. There were pleading songs of a young man to an older one. A white haired man came up onstage while the band played to adjust their levels. These two generations were simultaneously at odds and in cahoots. And, as far as I know, I was the lone representative of my generation, Generation X. In fact, I realized then that I had spent my entire week in this small town as the lone Gen X representative. Where was the rest of Gen X in this town? Were they all home with their kids or had the town been vacated by Gen X years ago? If this party was for Boomers and Millennials, where was the Gen X party? And nationwide, maybe even worldwide, where IS the Gen X party? Where is Gen X hanging out? And why wasn’t I invited? To keep reading Stuck in the Middle with You, or the rest of my 8 part Gen X series, visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog.  This is Episode 49 Song: Stuck in the Middle with You, obviously Image via Pixabay To support the podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review!  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Instagram and Pinterest
16:07
July 12, 2017
Health Care and the Struggling Artist
American Health Care Horror Stories are all so abstract until it happens to you. Every time I heard about another failure of American health care, I was horrified anew – but because I was healthy, it was like reading about an atrocity on another continent – terrible but distant. I spent most of my 20s and 30s so healthy that I went without health insurance for the better part of both of those decades and got away with it. A couple of ankle turns and an X-ray or two and I got away with spending a whole mess of a lot less than I would have if I’d been paying for health insurance. Like, a LOT. When you’re a struggling artist, gambles like this make sense for a while. (If you’re lucky.) To read more of Health Care and the Struggling Artist go to the Songs for the Struggling artist.  This is Episode 48. Song: Push by Matchbox 20 Image via Pixabay To support the podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review!  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Instagram and Pinterest
14:22
June 12, 2017
No One's Asking for Your Art - Episode Forty Seven
What if no one cares about what you make? What if it doesn't sell?  Read it here: https://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/2017/05/21/no-ones-asking-for-your-art/  Song: Cathedral by me, Emily Rainbow Davis Like the blogcast? Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis
14:34
May 31, 2017
Single Gender on a Train
On the Politically Reactive podcast, the guest, Michael Skolnik, described being on the train coming home from the Women’s March in DC. He said he’d never been on a train “where there’s such a disproportionate amount of one gender.” And I said, out loud, in response, “I’m sure that’s not true.” That is, I’m sure he’s been on the train with a single gender before, it just wasn’t women and so he didn’t notice. Why do I feel so sure he’s been on a train or in public somewhere with only men?  Read more of Single Gender on a Train on the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. This is Episode 46 Song: Pushing the Needle Too Far by the Indigo Girls Image via Pixabay To support the podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review!  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Instagram and Pinterest
13:37
May 23, 2017
“A True Artist – the Perfect Candidate”
Last year, I received an award that was given to another person as well. We were both selected by the committee to receive the residency in question. I’m a white woman in my 40s from NYC and he’s a black man in his 20s from the mid-west. The residency was for emerging artists (see also my post on Can We Find Another Word for Emerging?) and I was surprised and delighted to receive it, even though I was pretty sure I wasn’t what most people meant when they signed up to support this award. Throughout our time in residence, I could feel comparison happening between us – sometimes in my favor but mostly not. I thought perhaps I was imagining this sort of outside judgment. And then I saw a post on a Facebook page about my fellow award winner and someone in the organization commented on it, saying, he was “the perfect candidate” and “a true {*Name of the award} artist.” To keep reading "A True Artist - the Perfect Candidate" visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog.  This is Episode 45 Song: In the Lowland by Crowded House Image via Pixabay To support the podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review!  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Instagram and Pinterest
11:22
May 18, 2017
Sexism Can Still Surprise Me
I can’t stop thinking about that story about the employees who switched email signatures and how it revealed incredible sexism. (If you haven’t read it, start here to read the woman’s account and click through to the man’s Twitter thread.) I’ve seen a lot of responses to this story that can most easily be summed up as  “No, duh.”  A lot of people (of all genders) have said, “Not surprising.” But I will confess to being surprised. Not that there’s sexism, I suppose, but that it could be so plainly revealed. And in email, too! To read more of Sexism Can Still Surprise Me, visit Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. This is Episode 44 Song: Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House Image via Pixabay To support the podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review!  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Instagram and Pinterest
13:13
May 1, 2017
I'm Done Watching Nashville and It's Probably Not Why You Think
No one was more surprised than me when I became a fan of Nashville, the TV show about country music stars. It happened after I read an interview with Callie Khouri, the show’s creator, in which she explained how much her feminism was informing the show. In 2012, there weren’t many folks in show business talking about their feminist work, so I sought the show out immediately. And I loved it. You can keep reading I'm Done Watching Nashville and It's Probably Not Why You Think on the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. This is Episode 43. Song: Undermine by Kacey Musgraves from the Nashville soundtrack. Image via WikiCommons To support the podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review!  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Instagram and Pinterest
15:06
April 24, 2017
In the Dark Times There Will Always Be Singing
In my own life it is f*@%ing ESSENTIAL to have music and theatre and dance and art right now. It was nice before but it is essential now. It occurs to me that a sign of our previous freedom was the freedom to think of art as a frill, to think it might not be necessary. We could think that because we could afford to. We can’t afford to anymore. For now. Art is vital right now. For me. For everyone I know. To read more of this post visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. This is Episode 42. Song: Two Little Hitlers by Elvis Costello  Image via Pixabay To support the podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review!  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Instagram and Pinterest
16:17
April 22, 2017
Theatre's Loss: Janelle Monae
From the first time I heard “Tightrope,” I was a fan of Janelle Monaé. I was head over heels for her music and her aesthetic, as well. She was musically exciting and theatrical in her style. Seeing her in concert was an incredible ride. She took the audience on a journey, the likes of which I have rarely experienced at a concert. She is a consummate show-woman and a brilliant connector. I’ve heard her described her as a contemporary female James Brown. This is Episode 41. Image via WikiCommons To support the podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review!  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Instagram and Pinterest
07:34
April 18, 2017
Sticky Benevolent Sexism
I was at a conference. We were wrapping it up with a reflection session – talking about what had been successful and possibilities for the future. Towards the end, a man stood up to say he’d been to the Women’s March and that he’d been inspired and now wanted to recognize all the women in the room. He asked us all to stand and receive applause and appreciation from the men. We stood, as requested and received the applause. And don’t get me wrong, I love applause. But this felt so so bad. To read more of Sticky Benevolent Sexism visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. Song: The Other Shoe by Old 97s This is Episode 40. Image via Pixabay To support the podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review!  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Instagram and Pinterest
14:33
April 3, 2017
The Resistance Will Be Handcrafted
Since the digital age really kicked in, I have watched a lot of things that were important to me fade away. In a world that values social media currency and digital art and so many things on screen, my analog skills of theatre-making, performance and presence have felt less and less valued in the world. While I have adapted as well as I can, I have at times felt like an analog girl in a digital world – a handwoven basket in a factory town. To keep reading The Resistance Will Be Handcrafted visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. This is Episode 39. The song is "Howie" by Kristen Hall To support the podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review!  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Instagram and Pinterest
13:23
March 29, 2017
If My Pen is Rockin', Don't Come A-Knockin'
The bulk of my writing practice is dedicated to getting myself primed to write with the most focus I can manage. The practice is dedicated to finding a kind of flow. In an ideal session of writing, I will not stop the pen. I just go. And go. I’m sure that I look busy when I’m writing. I’m 100% sure I don’t look like I want to talk with anyone. And yet. And YET. To keep reading If My Pen Is Rockin', Don't Come A-Knockin' go to the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog.  #writing #CreativeProcess #WritingProcess #Interrupting #privilege #sexism #WritingInCafes This is Episode 38 Song: Mash-Up of Passionate Kisses by Lucinda Williams and Real World by Matchbox 20 Image via Pixabay To support the podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review!  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Instagram and Pinterest
14:04
March 22, 2017
Devices in Auditions and Rehearsals
My company’s auditions for our project were meticulously planned. I did a group audition because I care about how people work together. I started with drawing, because it’s a script-flipping task that tends to calm jumpy actors down and it tends to signal that we’re doing things differently. I did a bunch of low exposure group acting explorations to get a comfort level going in a room full of strangers and then I had them play with materials to take everyone out of the context of performance and into creating. Then I took a break. A long one. Because I wanted the group to have some time to chat and get to know one another without someone controlling their experience. It’s useful for me to see people with their masks off for a minute while they talk about their cat, or whatever. As in rehearsals, a lot of the art actually happens in these cross-pollinating moments. But. In my recent auditions, this whole plan went completely off the rails at this point - If you'd like to keep reading Devices in Auditions and Rehearsals visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog.  Song: Laptop by Emily Rainbow Davis Image via Pixabay To support the podcast: Give it 5 stars in Apple Podcasts. Write a nice review!  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Instagram and Pinterest
12:48
March 21, 2017
Where in the World? - Episode 36
For years, I have been dreaming about emigrating to Europe, where so many of my favorite theatre companies are based. I fell in love with Cheek by Jowel when I saw their (all male) As You Like It. I idolized Improbable and their three man Artistic Directorship. I drooled over Complicite – and the one man genius at the center of it. Oh, how I wanted to move to England so I could make work like my heroes! To read more of Where in the World? visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog.  #WorldTheatre #InternationalTheatre #InternationalSexism #Sexism #feminism #theatre #search Song: Hard Life by Nanci Griffith Photo via Pixabay To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
13:06
March 13, 2017
The Kind of Story I Never Want to See Again
At a recent festival, the audience favorite was a show that re-told a fairy tale – one that featured a king reckoning with his power. It won an award, people loved it so much. But it made me furious. To keep reading The Kind of Story I Never Want to See Again visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. #king #storytelling #theatre #patriarchy #democracy #resistance #CollectivePower This is episode 35. Song: "The Day Between the Kings" by Bright Red Boots (You'll hear me tell you that it won't be at the end and that you should just look it up but ignore that - I've found a way to put it up on this re-uploading!)  To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
14:16
March 6, 2017
How to Value a Voice
At the Women’s March on the 21st, I saw a sign that said, “Girls should be told that their voices are valuable.” And it stuck a chord so deep in me that it took me days to unpack it. I don’t disagree. Girls should, of course, be told that their voices are valuable. But it’s not enough. Not even close. Being told your voice is valuable means zero if you’ve never been shown that your voice is valuable. Telling is useless. To read more of How to Value a Voice go to the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. Song: SuperBaby by Emily Rainbow Davis To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
10:42
February 16, 2017
The Guys
In addition to making my own, I listen to a lot of podcasts. In my feed consistently for the last 7 or 8 years has been Marc Maron’s WTF, wherein he talks with people – mostly from the entertainment biz. I’ve learned a lot- but one major thing that I don’t think I would have known without this medium, is the way male entertainers talk to each other. In most of these conversations, at some point Maron will ask his guest “Who were your guys?” He’s asking who inspired his guest…who they idolized, who they looked up to.  To read more of The Guys, visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. Episode 33  Song - Luck by Emily Rainbow Davis  To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
12:26
February 7, 2017
My Hagification Has Begun
The patriarchy won big time on November 8th, 2016. Enough voters and enough Russian hackers wanted the patriarchy to win. Enough people were like – “Yeah, the primal expression of the patriarchy is for us!” and voted for it. It’s pretty fucking awful but the patriarchy won. And I hate it. It made me cry big sloppy tears. And I was paralyzed and horrified and ready to hide in a basement for as long as was necessary. To keep reading My Hagification Has Begun go to the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog.  This is Episode 31. No song this episode.  Photo via Pixabay To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
09:49
January 31, 2017
The Sherlock Fridging
I should have been crying. The music was telling me that’s what I ought to be doing. And I cry at commercials so it is not usually hard to push the tears button in an emotional moment on a TV show. But I was not crying. I was flailing my arms in fury. My boyfriend looked at me and asked, “What?” I explained that I needed a minute to deal with my rage. It didn’t take him long to work out what had made me so mad. It was (WARNING: SPOILERS for Sherlock Season 4 Episode 1 ahead) not just that they’d killed off one of the only complex female characters in the show to forward the story of the two male leads (a trope that happens so often that it has a name. It’s apparently known as fridging.) It was that in her dying moments she said to her husband, John Watson, “You were my whole world. Being Mary Watson was the only life worth living.” To read more of The Sherlock Fridging go to Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
14:50
January 11, 2017
We Almost Had It. 38 Years to Go Now.
Ever since I read Marge Piercy’s Sex Wars: A Novel of Gilded Age New York, I have been obsessed with Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president. I’ve read numerous biographies of her and her sister, Tennessee Claflin. Despite there being no shortage of plays, stories and movies written about them, I have been unable to resist writing my own version of their story. (It’s either called Public Women or Hamlet, Without the Ghost.) To read the rest of We Almost Had It go to the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog.  This is Episode 29. Song is Redacted.  To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
11:54
January 11, 2017
A Day Without Immigrants
London. 2016. The day after the Brexit vote. The city was in shock. I was visiting and that day I saw multiple friends, coincidentally all of them born in other countries but residents of the UK for well over a decade. One of my friends proposed a response to all the immigration hysteria gripping the UK. She suggested organizing everyone who had emigrated/immigrated to the UK to pick a day to not go to work. The country would inevitably grind to a halt – and everyone would see what a vital contribution immigrants make. I thought this was a brilliant idea. To keep reading A Day Without Immigrants go to the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog.  This is Episode 28 Song: "The Only Word I Know" by Emily Rainbow Davis To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
14:07
January 4, 2017
A Universal Symbol for "That's Racist."
The couple got on the N train and asked in their best English if the train was going to Scent Pearl. I asked them if they meant “Central Park” and if so, yes, it was going there and they settled in. They were from Brazil and delighted that I could understand their English sometimes and occasionally bits of their Portuguese. We had a companionable ride, misunderstanding one another at every turn. (Example: “How long are you here?” “We’ve been married 25 years.”) They told me I was very nice and friendly (I think this is what they were saying) and that they were happy to meet me. I told them I was also happy to meet them. They told me their names and I told them mine. I was pretty pleased to have made a nice connection with some strangers from far away. To keep reading A Universal Symbol for "That's Racist" visit Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. This is Episode 27 To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
10:50
January 3, 2017
"Art Under Fascism Is Good, Actually"
As soon as it became clear that the worst had happened on November 8th, my friends and fellow artists began saying things like, “Well, it’s horrible. But at least we’ll get some great art out of this.” and “Repressive regimes make for great art movements.” Ethan Hawke in a recent Hollywood Reporter interview said, “The Artistic Community thrives when fascists are in charge.” To read more of "Art Under Fascism Is Good Actually" visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. This is Episode 26 Song: Earthbound by Emily Rainbow Davis To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
12:39
December 29, 2016
The Discomfort of Being Different Part 2
Occasionally, right after I push PUBLISH on my blog, I get a flood of additional ideas on the topic. I start to think of ways I should edit it or concepts I want to add. Sometimes I’ll go back in and edit or add – other times I’ll just let it lie. And sometimes I need to continue the thought in an entirely new blog post. That’s what happened when I opened up the floodgates on sexism in theatre. Thoughts just kept rushing in and I had to write follow-up-post after follow up. Some of those were based on the feedback I was getting and some of it was the swirl of it all marinating in my brain. This post is of the marination variety. In thinking about being different – from the social science around non-conformity to my own history, I realized there was an additional factor that I didn’t factor in to my initial thoughts on the subject. That factor, in my case, was gender. To read more of The Discomfort of Being Different visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. This is Episode 25 Song: Pavane for the Nursery by Emily Rainbow Davis To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
12:44
December 14, 2016
The Discomfort of Being Different - Episode 24
I make theatre. For years I tried to make it the way everyone else was making it but I found I was always running into trouble and it never turned out the way I wanted. When I realized that I didn’t have to try and fit in, I felt liberated. I didn’t have to do things the way other people did them. I didn’t have to follow the accepted norm. I could do it my way. I could audition actors my way. I could rehearse my way. I could perform my way. To continue reading The Discomfort of Being Different, go to the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. This is Episode 24. Song: A Girl Named George by Emily Rainbow Davis To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
13:14
November 30, 2016
No More Muses
Warning: Sweary Feminist Rant Ahead. If you object to swears, hold your ears. F#*! muses. I’m done with reading about f$%*ing muses. Not the Actual Muses, not Terpsichore or Erato. I could read about them all day. But the g&*$damn muses who inspired the Great Painters and Giants of Literature and whatnot. If you want to read more of No More Muses go to the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog.  This is Episode 23.  Song: Interdependent by Emily Rainbow Davis To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
14:30
November 1, 2016
Why I Started Podcasting
You guys. I love podcasts. I can’t call myself a vanguard podcast listener (I wasn’t really in the very first wave of podcast listening) – but I caught on pretty quickly and have been listening for about a decade. And for many of those years, most of the voices in my podcast feed were male. They were the hosts of public radio shows or men interviewing (mostly) men. To read more of Why I Started Podcasting visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog.  This is Episode 22. Song: The Extreme Woman Song by Emily Davis and Dmitri Kalmar from The Great God Money (the musical) To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
14:29
October 27, 2016
If We Knew What We Were Doing - Episode 21
“If we knew what we were doing it wouldn’t be called research.” I walked past the NYU Environmental Fluid Dynamics Lab and saw this quote in their window. It is (probably mis-)attributed to Albert Einstein but the sentiment is useful regardless of who came up with it. You can read more of If We Knew What We Were Doing on the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. This is Episode 21 Song: Wynken, Blynken and Nod by The Simon Sisters To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
10:18
October 24, 2016
The Danger of Relying on Opinions
My theatre company’s crowdfunding campaign for Research and Development of our show got me thinking about arts funding and the way art gets supported. Generally, arts crowdfunding campaigns live or die based on the response to an idea, that is, the opinions of the people funding it. If a project’s friends and family LIKE the idea of the project, they fund it. If they’re not keen on it, like they think, “I wouldn’t want to go see that,” – they won’t. This is actually, at the gut level, often how grants get passed out as well. “Is this show, art-work, dance – something I’d want to see?” If yes – Stamp of Approval. If no – Rejection. To read the rest of The Danger of Relying On Opinions visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog.  Song: "Not My Type" by Emily Rainbow Davis This is Episode 20 To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
12:19
October 9, 2016
ID NYC Makes a Difference
I’ve lived in New York City for over a decade and a half. This year, I’ve probably gone to more museums and cultural institutions than I did in all the previous years put together. This is due to the new ID NYC, a program originally conceived to assist undocumented immigrants but that is now making a difference in the lives of all kinds of New Yorkers. To read more of ID NYC Makes a Difference go to the Songs for the Struggling Artist Blog. This is Episode 19 Song: Jackson Song by Patti Smith To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
13:05
October 6, 2016
The Panic at the Beginning
For about a week, I was crying at pretty much every opportunity. I got on the train, I’d cry. I’d lie on the floor, I’d cry. I’d go to the bathroom, I’d cry. In the moment, the source was not entirely clear but I finally traced it to the total terror of beginning work on a new show. Read more of The Panic at the Beginning on the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog.  Song: All Through the Night by Jules Schearer (originally recorded by Cyndi Lauper)  This is Episode 18 To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me, Emily Rainbow Davis, on Twitter @erainbowd 
12:12
September 21, 2016
Why I Shouldn't Work in Schools Anymore
I’ve written before about the changing landscape of Teaching Artistry. I’ve written about how arts education has changed in my years in the business. For the most part, I do most of my teaching outside of school environments these days but every so often, I’m brought back into the Arts in Education world. What the re-encounter highlights for me is how at odds my goals are with the goals of a lot of Arts Education. To read the rest of Why I Shouldn't Work in Schools Anymore, go to the blog.  This is Episode 17. Song: "Mother*&*#er Pulled Out a Tuba" - Improvised Bright Red Boots Song To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
12:10
September 15, 2016
Juliet Capulet, Feminist Role Model
While working with some 9th graders on Juliet’s “Gallop Apace” speech in Romeo and Juliet, I opened the door for the students to tell me what was happening. They worked it out faster than most groups do and quickly leapt to interpretation. One girl reported that Juliet was scared to have sex for the first time. I asked her to tell me where she saw that in the text and the line she pointed to means nothing of the sort. You can read the rest of Juliet Capulet, Feminist Role Model on the blog. This is Episode 15. Song: Shade the Moon by Bright Red Boots To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
11:57
September 5, 2016
How to Talk to an Artist
This is one of my favorite blogs: "Congratulations! You’ve made and/or kept a friend who is an artist. That’s great. Your friend is fun and/or serious and you like them. But there will come a moment when you have to deal with their art. Maybe you’ll be invited to their art show or their play. Maybe you’ll read their story in a magazine or see their dance on TV. It’s exciting, yes. But I can understand you might be a little nervous, too. What on earth are you supposed to say to them afterwards? You have some choices." You can keep reading How to Talk to an Artist on the blog. This is Episode 14. To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
14:14
August 30, 2016
Ecosystem of a Theatre Scene
I saw a big fancy Broadway show that lots of my friends and colleagues had been raving about. It’s a show that utilizes the skills, ideas, movement vocabularies and motifs of devised and physical theatre. I saw elements of Viewpoints, of Chorus Work, of Dance Theatre. For many Broadway audiences, this piece felt extremely innovative and experimental. I’d wager that 97% of the audience had never seen anything like it before. You can read more of Ecosystem of a Theatre Scene on the blog. This is Episode 13. Song: Starfish in the Desert by Emily Rainbow Davis To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
12:45
August 25, 2016
Can We Find Another Word for Emerging?
Listen. If you want to help me and give me opportunities, you can call me whatever you want. I’m happy to receive your beneficence as a “young” artist (I’m 42) or as a unicorn (a magical, majestic creature, certainly) or as an “emerging artist.” It’s really, like, all semantics at a certain point – if also inaccurate. Since I can no longer technically be called a “young artist,” I am, most often, called this “emerging artist” thing when I apply or receive artistic opportunities. But what does emerging really mean? You can read the rest of Can We Find Another Word for Emerging? here. This is Episode 12. To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
11:57
August 15, 2016
Ideas and Glitter and Places to Put Them
I have so many ideas, folks. I have ideas for breakfast, ideas for lunch, ideas for afternoon tea, dinner and midnight snack. I am rolling in ideas. And I am grateful for that abundance of ideas. I feel I can never have too many – so I am always happy to be a part of something meant to increase my inspiration. But ideas are never my problem. You can read Ideas and Glitter and Places to Put Them on the blog. Song: Se Potessi Parlare by Emily Rainbow Davis Episode 10 To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
11:33
July 18, 2016
The Best Time to Post
Do you want to maximize your views? You and everyone else! When is the best time to post? I have the (sort of) answer here. You can also read The Best Time to Post on the blog. Song: "Shine On" by Emily Rainbow Davis, created for Messenger Theatre Company's Mythellaneous This is Episode 9 To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
11:07
June 8, 2016
Thank You for Your Smile - Episode Eight
Ah ha! I have found it! In my re-posting these old podcast episodes I have finally determined when I started adding a song to the blog and it is with this episode. So - not that far in, after all! Also - this episode is about smiling and change and college and senses of self and so on. You can read Thank You for Your Smile on the blog. Song: "Faith, Grace" by Emily Rainbow Davis To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
13:07
June 1, 2016
So Others May Dream - Episode Seven
What did I learn by going to an event for West Point cadets? A lot, as it happens. A lot. And I found some inspiration there too. You can read So Others May Dream on the blog.  To support the podcast: Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd 
05:47
May 30, 2016
Doing One Thing Is a Privilege - Episode Six
All the business blogs and books and consultants say that in order to succeed, you must focus on one thing - but is that actually really possible for most people? Read Doing One Thing Is a Privilege on the blog.  Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis
06:46
May 24, 2016
The Selfless Teacher Story - Episode Five
I saw an "inspiring" clip from the Ellen show about a teacher who does extraordinary things for her students. She seems amazing, of course. But the real story here is how dramatically we here in America are failing our students. You can read The Selfless Teacher Story on the blog.  Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis
06:44
May 17, 2016
When You're Winning - Episode Four
About the likes and the congratulations you get when you're winning but also the algorithmic weirdness of when you're not. You can read it here on the blog.  Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis
05:55
May 3, 2016
Why Going Away for Inspiration Is a Good Idea - Episode Three
The third episode of SFTSA ever! This one is about artistic inspiration and travel and the process of creation. Featuring the #DisneyStrategem and some inner voices. You can read it here. Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd  Join my mailing list: www.emilyrainbowdavis.com/  Like the blog/show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SongsfortheStrugglingArtist/ Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis  Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis
09:26
April 20, 2016
The End of the Show Experience - Episode Two
This was the second episode of the podcast. It came out in April of 2016. And was originally on Soundcloud. Because of Soundcloud's space limitations, I had to delete it and most of the first 70 episodes. I decided to go ahead and upload them again here on Anchor - just in case there are any completists among you. Also - it may be interesting to hear the evolution of the podcast. Along the way, there are changes in the mic, my skills at editing, the vibe, the addition of the songs and so on. The original post is here on the blog. 
05:32
April 4, 2016
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