277 episodes

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 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.

    Give Me Your Witches, Your Ghouls, Your Severed Limbs Hanging in Trees

    Give Me Your Witches, Your Ghouls, Your Severed Limbs Hanging in Trees

    The cheerful scarecrow dolls and corn cob clusters don’t thrill me but I will celebrate any nod toward decoration this month. I embrace your paper pumpkin, your hay bale, your autumnal faux leaf display.

    But I am delighted by your circle of witches, your zombie doll babies, your floating spectres, your plastic bag ghosts, your homemade headless magician, your skeletons engaged in activities, your dagger wielding clown child on a swing, your smoke machine, your sound effects, your back-lit and up-lit cloaked figures, your spiders, your crows, your ravens, your bats.

    To keep reading Give Me Your Witches, Your Ghouls, Your Severed Limbs Hanging in Trees visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog.

    This is Episode 280
    Song: Spooky

    Image of a house in my neighborhood

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    As ever, I am yours,

    Emily Rainbow Davis

    • 13 min
    Circles of Gen X Friends

    Circles of Gen X Friends

    Someone in the Gen X subreddit proposed a “dating” app for making Gen X friends. I expressed my enthusiasm for it, saying it appealed to me because most of my Gen X friends have moved out of NYC. Someone replied that they still had a lot of Gen X friends in NYC and I did not respond to that person with a hearty sarcastic, “Well good for you! Aren’t you a lucky one?” Though I wanted to.

    I did not say, “I guess most of your friends didn’t move to NYC to chase their theatre dreams or their art dreams or their music dreams or their poetry dreams or their film dreams or their dance dreams and I guess everything worked out for your people, huh?

    To keep reading Circles of Gen X Friends visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. 

    This is Episode 279

    Song: Circle in the Sand

    Image by BarbeeAnne via Pixabay

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    As ever, I am yours,

    Emily Rainbow Davis

    • 15 min
    Lessons from Italian Media

    Lessons from Italian Media

    Back in 1993, I got my first passport and moved to Italy for my junior year abroad. One of the things I was most excited about was getting to see the culture and art of an entirely different country. The internet was in its infancy then, so going places was really the only way to see what other nations were making. I was hungry for Italian pop, Italian TV, Italian cinema, Italian theatre, whatever I could get my eyes and ears on. I understood, too, that watching and listening to these things would help me improve my language skills. I listened to the radio but the pop music was pretty lousy. I watched TV and the shows all seemed to be tacky variety shows full of show girls. I went to Italian theatre and mostly found translations of works in English. Only the cinema managed to deliver high quality contemporary art.

    To read more of Lessons from Italian Media visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog. 

    This is Episode 278

    Song: Come Mai - 883

    Image via Pixabay

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    As ever, I am yours,

    Emily Rainbow Davis

    • 24 min
    The Internet Is Not a Friend

    The Internet Is Not a Friend

    In the throes of my grief, I thought I’d just go along as normal, just get on the internet, see what’s what. You will be stunned to learn that the internet did not make me feel any better!

    Over and over, I turned to the internet and over and over, it did not help. Not Facebook, not Twitter, not Reddit, not Instagram. Shocking, I know.

    To keep reading The Internet Is Not a Friend visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog.

    This is Episode 277

    Song: Somebody Pick Up My Pieces

    Image via Old Book Illustrations by Narcisse Virgilio Díaz

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    As ever, I am yours,

    Emily Rainbow Davis

    • 19 min
    A Grant Ain't One

    A Grant Ain't One

    You may not be shocked to learn that the City did not give me one of its 5k City Artist Corps Grants. I did end up applying for it, after all that sturm und drang – and two days after my birthday – I got a rejection email from them. Happy Birthday to me!

    Well, I guess I got 99 problems but a grant ain’t one.

    You may be saying to yourself – “Well, Emily, perhaps if you hadn’t publicly complained about this grant in two previous blog posts, maybe they would have given it to you! Maybe badmouthing grantmakers is not a great strategy for receiving their bounty.” And you would be absolutely right about that. I know I’m saying stuff that does not endear me to people who give those things out. This is why most artists don’t say anything. This is why they can be pathologically POSITIVE! OPTIMISTIC! Because, yes, it’s true, talking about our challenges with these things is probably not a great way to get these grants.

    To keep reading A Grant Ain't One visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog.

    This is Episode 276

    Song: The Hand that Feeds - NIN

    Image of a kid feeding a goat by distelAPPArath via Pixabay

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    Support me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/emilyrdavis

    Or buy me a coffee on Kofi: http://ko-fi.com/emilyrainbowdavis

    or PayPal me: https://www.paypal.me/strugglingartist

    Follow me on Twitter @erainbowd

    Instagram and Pinterest

    Tell a friend!

    Listen to The Dragoning here (it's my audio drama) and support via Ko-fi here: https://ko-fi.com/messengertheatrecompany

    As ever, I am yours,

    Emily Rainbow Davis

    • 14 min
    Non-Regulation Time Machine Dream

    Non-Regulation Time Machine Dream

    A day or two after the news, my partner asked me what I needed. I said, “a time machine.”

    I’m pretty sure he knew what I wanted to do with it. I’ve watched and read enough time travel fiction to know that this is usually the one thing you’re not allowed to do with a time machine if you get your hands on one. You’re not supposed to use time travel to prevent someone’s death. I know. But grief can make a person reckless and I might not worry too much about the butterfly effect if I could save my brother’s life.

    I imagined showing up at the side of the road that night and delaying him long enough for that fatal motorcycle to speed by and then he could go on about his life, none the wiser. Or I could just walk him companionably further down the road to a safer intersection, maybe cross with him, after thoroughly vetting the streets.

    To read more of Non-Regulation Time Machine Dream visit the Songs for the Struggling Artist blog.

    This is Episode 275
    Song: David Bowie's "Let's Dance"

    Image via Wikicommons

    Normally on the blog, in this spot, I tell you about my patrons on Patreon. But today, I’d rather direct you to some things my brother cared about. He was very interested in radical mycology, which you can learn about here, here and here. This organization, Kiss the Ground, works on soil regeneration which was very important to him. Also, this is a small scale cause my brother donated to and could be easily fully funded.

    • 15 min

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penny123768 ,

great!

i enjoyed the first episode ive listened to our of this series! i highly suggest listening.

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