Creating beauty through adversity with Lucy Mason
“I’ve spent six years in and out of ill health with a series of setback and there were days where I thought I’d feel like this forever. The worst of these feelings were usually at midnight when I was tired and unable to sleep from being so unwell. No one likes feeling hopeless and no one likes having to search for a way out, ‘Feels Like Midnight’ is this story.”
Those are words from LUCY MASON, the woman responsible for one of the most uplifting stories of finding beauty via dark periods in her life. She left Australia seeking something better, only to be struck down by episodes of ill health and as a consequence, hopelessness. Through the personal battles she had no choice but to fight, Mason‘s inner strength forced her to push through the darkest of times, to such an extent that she is able to confront these times with the power that is the human spirit overcoming internal adversity.
Through this confrontation not only does she write beautiful music, she lays outs a platform for us to learn from her. She pours her heart into these stories that she has pulled from the deepest darkest parts of her psyche -that she’d much rather forget- so that others can benefit from her sentiment. Her blank canvas starts black, and only she can add the brightest colours to offer enough contrast to stand out. And that’s exactly what ‘Feels Like Midnight’ is.
At its core, a simple piano melody and Mason‘s stunning vocals. As you listen closer you begin to hear the cracks appearing, the true beauty of raw emotion in music. You hear every chord change, the scratching of the bass strings as the melody changes, the foot pedals of what sounds to be an old piano, even the gentle touch of the pianist fingers is traceable.
The stories behind Mason‘s work further enforce her emotional stature as an artist, being able to pull from, and make sense of, some of the most emotionally baron times in her life, knowing full well that re-opening these issues could bring about others, so that her art has the most possible substance. It’s a testament to her care for music, and her care for authenticity which is something to be sought after in 2017.
If you’re a fan of stunning pieces of darkened introspect, do yourself a favour and listen to this song. You won’t regret it.
Words by Steve Copp