Clare Bowditch
The Winter I Chose Happiness

Written by Maya Rose

Clare Bowditch is an illustrious woman and one of Australia’s finest and most respected female singers. Her highly anticipated upcoming album The Winter I Chose Happiness is set to be released on the 14th of September. The album unveils the true reality of life, establishing that despite the seeming effortlessly perfect life of Clare Bowditch she, like everyone else, exists in a constant pursuit of happiness. The Winter I Chose Happiness is a result of an accumulation of Clare’s musings, philosophising and daydreams over the past two years as she learnt to handle the trials of existence and the suffering of the world. As the title implies, Clare ultimately learns to balance her disastrous thoughts and, though she once thought it was impossible to “squeeze in happiness”, she now ensures the presence of joy in her life.

The album commences with a short song, Lets Be Happy Together, that acts as an invitation to the listeners to internalise Clare’s discoveries and follow her path towards an enhanced life experience. This acknowledgement that everyone is striving to secure a sense of happiness is a result of Clare’s recent tour with Leonard Cohen. The renowned older singer had revealed the details of his own pursuit of joy and allowed the two to recognise that “we’re all on the same adventure”.

The aforementioned two themes, that it is possible to include happiness in your life and that each individual is continuously striving to accomplish this, are the underlying messages of each song on the album. The album encompasses mention of several universal trials of life, including the complexities of relationships, the skirmishes of love, and the realisation that you can’t reverse time and reclaim your glory days. It concludes with the track Are You Ready for Happiness?, a direct challenge to her listeners to actively pursue happiness, wisdom and joy as Clare herself has done.

If you’re looking for an album to wash over you as you soak in the sun or an album to help you drift to sleep, The Winter I Chose Happiness is the one. With an almost ethereal quality, the heavenly voice of Clare Bowditch is enough to break through the toughest skin. However, the album is far more than a whimsical lullaby, it’s a philosophical challenge to her listeners to ensure their lives are beset with happiness, summarised in the final song, Are You Ready to Be Happy?.

The Winter I Chose Happiness transcends the aims of an average album as it’s not just a collection of tracks, it’s an accumulation of an individual’s desire to improve the world, and as such is brimming with the potential to alter lives and challenge complacency. Clare Bowditch has created an album to answer the desire, wishes and prayers of thousands simply by turning her own journey into a musical masterpiece because, as most musicians will inform you, there is no force more powerful than music.

Join Music Feeds on Facebook

More On Music Feeds

News

Sydney’s Imperial Hotel Has Two Weeks To Save Itself From Long-Term Closure

The Imperial Hotel in the Sydney suburb of Erskineville has only two weeks to save itself from a long-term closure order which could force the venue to close for up to six months.

News

Woman In Bacon Costume Dances On Stage With Kevin Bacon

It’s a headline I never thought I’d ever have the pleasure to write, but it’s true — a woman dressed as bacon has taken to the stage with American actor and musician Kevin Bacon, and there’s juicy footage to prove it.

News

Secret Lineup Festival Camp Doogs Announces 2015 Dates

Pack your swag and find your tambourine, Western Australia’s Camp Doogs is back for another year, and has announced its 2015 festival will take place between the 9th and 11th of October.

News

17 New Acts Added To Dashville Skyline 2015 Lineup

Australia’s brand-new Americana-themed festival Dashville Skyline has expanded its 2015 lineup with a set of 17 new acts, including alt-country/indie outfit Holy Holy (pictured), country singer-songwriter Shane Nicholson and songwriter Ben Salter.

News

Azealia Banks Calls Aussie Audiences “Terrible”, “Violent” & “Belligerent”

Only days after performing at Splendour In The Grass 2015, American controversy magnet Azealia Banks has spoken her mind about Australian audiences, calling them “terrible crowds” who are “violent and belligerent”.

Music Videos

Cold War Kids – ‘One Song At A Time’

American indie-rockers Cold War Kids have dropped a video for One Song At A Time plucked from their Record Store Day EP Five Quick Cuts.

Around the web

This May Also Interest You