Friday, 22 March 2019

The Soundtrack Of My Life - Emma Doherty

1. Oh no! - Marina and the Diamonds
I don’t think I’ve ever embodied a song quite like this one. If anything, it was so relevant to my situation while in school and university. All I ever cared about was doing everything right, and doing it better than everybody else. It took me a long time to realise that this is not a healthy mindset to have. Thank you for coming to my TED talk.

2. Thank You For The Music - ABBA
I find myself repeatedly going back to listen to this song. I first heard it when I was 10 and it was introduced to me by my teacher at the time. Naturally enough, I learned all the lyrics, and began singing it around the house. If I were to guess, this point in my life would be where my love for 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s music began. It’s just ironic and consequential that the song happens to be called Thank You For The Music. If anything, it gives it a whole new meaning.

3. Breakaway - Kelly Clarkson
This song was consistently on repeat during my whole university experience, including UCAS, leaving school, doing assignments, etc. It talks about taking risks and breaking away, which in hindsight is what I did because (surprise surprise) I flew the coop and dropped out. This song really just solidified for me that I shouldn’t be doing something that makes me unhappy, and it’s ok to quit.

4. Only You - Yazoo
It’s an understatement to say that this is my favourite song. I can never exactly pinpoint why, it’s not the lyrics but maybe it’s just the musicality and general feeling of nostalgia that I get when I hear it.

5. Come on Eileen - Dexy’s Midnight Runners
My friends have a tendency to associate me with this song and it is potentially the best compliment I have ever received. This song will do more than encourage me to get up and dance on a night out. The shoes will definitely come off for a full scale performance.

6. get well soon- Ariana Grande
I read somewhere that Ariana Grande intended for this song to be like a ‘musical hug’ and that’s just how it feels. It’s such a relaxed song with reassuring, encouraging lyrics and it genuinely warms the soul. This song has been my go-to for the last couple of weeks whenever I want to unwind, and chill.

7. Linger - The Cranberries
Whenever I hear this song I just immediately associate it with independent and liberty. Something about Dolores O’Riordan’s voice - the lilt is just so beautiful. I never get tired of listening to it. I got my first car in Belfast and the day I drove it home, I was able to connect my phone to the radio but Linger was the only song I had downloaded. Did I guiltily play it for an hour and a half? You’re damn right.

8. You Get What You Give - New Radicals 
The lyrics to this song are just so uplifting. It’s bright, it’s optimistic. I first heard it when the second Scooby Doo movie came out in 2004, cause (duh) it’s on the soundtrack. Whenever I hear it playing, I just - let’s put it this way - if it came on after Come on Eileen, I definitely would NOT be leaving the dance floor.


Tuesday, 12 March 2019


The idea of identity being rooted in our appearance and features is interesting to think about in today's day and age, considering how easy and accessible it is for us to change these features.

For some people, their identity comes from their family and ethnicity, which manifests in how they look, and the genetic features they inherited. However with the art of drag and self-transformation becoming increasingly popular, a lot of people have begun to play about with body modification, and would probably say that their identity manifests through creative expression. 

Nofac3 is a drag artist who lives and works in Calgary, Alberta Canada. Their work explores intersecting identities through drag, art and performance. 

"These series of paintings explore identity through the idea of Transhumanism, where humans evolve beyond its current physical and mental limitations through technological advancements. This allows humans to curate their own identity through freedom of form whether it's body modification, plastic surgery, advanced prosthetics, technological implants, or wearable technology."

Check out and @nofac3.666 on instagramto see more of NoFac3's work!

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