If you’re thinking of making music, just do it

Torbay Weekly columnist Megan Lily Large

Torbay Weekly columnist Megan Lily Large - Credit: Archant

When I was asked to write a music column, my initial thought posed the question: 'What is changing in the world right now?'

The answer is a lot: COVID-19 is the evident one, of course. Not to mention the killing of George Floyd and the protests that have followed, and the closures of historical venues across the country and closer to home, that in the past provided us with much-needed escapism.

Throughout 2020 the world as we know it has changed dramatically, and we as people, and a society, will come out radically different.

Whenever there is a cultural shift, music has often followed closely behind; documenting revolutions (sometimes even starting them — Billie Holiday's 'Strange Fruit' was louder than purely words and music) and changing alongside it.

It's how we identify change; a representation of history to show us how things were, how things could be, and looking forward, how things will be.

This time, what will be our musical symbols of change?

Big festivals have moved onto the radio, Laura Marling is performing live from a church with no crowd, pop prodigy Charli XCX recently released an album, How I'm Feeling Now, which documents her mindset during lockdown.

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But when you're in the midst of it all, it's hard to say what's going to be significant 20 years from now.

For some of us, lockdown has meant a lack of concentration and inspiration, often driving us to the depths of desolation.

For others, the only way to find solitude and tranquillity is by tapping into their creative side.

A lot of people across Torbay may be trying their hand at music, learning an instrument, or watching an endless stream of YouTube tutorials to nail their production value.

But if you're thinking of starting a one-man (or one-woman) band in your bedroom, there's never been a better time to do so. Take Bruce Springsteen, his critically acclaimed album Nebraska was recorded by tape in his house and was later hailed as one of his greatest.

What I'm trying to say is this: If you're thinking of making music, just do it.

After all, the next Springsteen could be cooped up inside a studio flat on the outskirts of Paignton.