AT HOME ART DATE | watch interview write
“I’m not sure I fully have the words, but I’m sitting in the same chair I have been sitting in for the last twenty years. Whenever I wanted to make something and would write all these short stories and poems, I’d be sitting in this chair. I want to thank everybody who has believed in me, whether it’s for years or days or seconds.” --- Arlo Parks, Instragram
This week's AT HOME ART DATE combines three elements that lead you to a gentle understanding of your creative self-expression through a chair. What stories could your furniture tell? What does your chair ask of you? Where does your memory meet your present tense?
(element one) WATCH Arlo Parks Performance + Interview
(element two) INTERVIEW a chair
(element three) WRITE song lyrics
(element one) WATCH Arlo Parks - Full Performance + Interview (Live on KEXP at Home)
Interviewer: “ The songwriting, I wanted to ask about, because you always go so tender, so vulnerable, and into the heart space. It’s healing for a lot of people.”
(element two) INTERVIEW a chair. Not just any chair but the chair you have access to that has been in your life the longest - “whether it’s been years or days or seconds” - get in touch. Ask the chair questions based on the Arlo Parks songs you heard or improvise the interview. Write down the answers.
(element three) WRITE song lyrics from the answers. If you play music, set the lyrics to music.
“Songwriting helps me recalibrate, reconnect, with myself and slow down amidst the chaos.” -- -- Arlo Parks, interview with Nike London
Let your song be a quiet reflection and anticipation.
Take advantage of your February indoor time.
If you seek perfection, you will never reach completion.
Well done, artist!
I hope you find Arlo Parks & Your Chair a compelling AT HOME ART DATE.
I curate provocative AT HOME ART DATES for you to enjoy solo or with others in your own home. Many of these art dates have online elements combined with supplemental reading, listening, and a variety of activities you can do at home to enhance how you express and experience art. Feel free to forward these art dates to others. Remember to check out the bonus material below.
These AT HOME ART DATES are free of charge. However, they do take time, energy, and a lifetime of artistic experience to put together. If you’d like to buy me a cup of tea as a bit of thanks, I’d appreciate your generosity.