AMY SOLOMON - MUSIC AND ARTS
"I am a Sydney based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist in the middle of what was supposed to be my “year of music”.
Taking a gap year after finishing my degree and before jumping into my Masters, I thought this year would be the year I really jumped in head first, thinking I would have all the time in the world to focus on my craft… little did I know that all that free time would come in the form of a world-wide pandemic keeping us all inside!
After a rough run with my mental health over the course of my life, specifically the past 5 or so years, I am all about self-care, self-empowerment and positivity which is why I say this – It is A-Okay if your iso period hasn’t been all productivity and brilliance!
The beginning of March saw my discharge from Psychology for the first time in 4 years and boy did it feel good but then came mid-march which saw the end of my live gig scene as it did for many others and I quickly realised I needed to waved goodbye to the “year of music” I had pictured in my mind HOWEVER boy did it get it me determined to write and learn!!
Now, here’s the thing… that determination lasted about a week before the reality of being locked in my room for days on end hit me HARD!
My 2020 started off in a little apartment in Melbourne, where any day of the week you would find me neck deep in Psychology study, copious amounts of tea and 2 VERY cute kittens. Come March, I was back in my bedroom in my Mums house in Sydney staring at the same four walls day in day out, no job and an injury keeping me from leaving the house for my daily walks or runs to keep myself sane and let me tell you – I struggled!
While March also saw my first single release (yay!), that determination I found in the first week back in Sydney vanished completely after I released my first single. For some reason I couldn’t possibly imagine coming up with anything new to release into the world again, my instruments didn’t look as inviting as they usually would and I found myself questioning my musicianship greatly, which to be really honest with you, scared me! Instead, March and April was a continuous stream of Netflix, tea, way too many snacks and way too many naps.
For anyone who still can’t quite get their head around this mess of a year I have one big tip… Routine, routine, routine!!! I can’t tell you how much this has changed my iso experience. Forcing myself to get up early even though I have nowhere to be and nothing in particular to do, make my bed, have a cup and tea and start off my day with some basic yoga or another chapter in a book has not only made me feel like I have achieved something in the day, however small, but it has encouraged so much positivity and determination within myself. Your days don’t need to be full of back to back progress, but I can promise you this – tick one thing off a to do list and you’ll feel better for it!
Over the last two or so weeks, I have jumped back into my music head first, writing new music that I am now ready to record and I am so excited to be able to share it all with you so very soon! Stay safe and stay healthy!"