Many of us can link a certain album to pivotal moments in our lives. Whether it’s the first record you bought with your own money, the chord you first learnt to play on guitar, the song that soundtracked your first kiss, the album that got you those awkward and painful pubescent years or the one that set off light bulbs in your brain and inspired you to take a big leap of faith into the unknown – music is often the catalyst for change in our lives and can even help shape who we become.
In this series, Music Feeds asks artists to reflect on their relationship with music and share with us stories about the effect music has had on their lives.
Here are their love letters to records that forever changed their lives.
Aurelia: Carol King – Tapestry
To my dearest Tapestry,
I only just saw you the other day. I wasn’t expecting to, you just crept in across my speakers and I was washed with the memories of you.
I often wonder if I found you or you found me. But maybe it was you because I could surely, so small, never have known how much I needed you.
I feel like in a way you changed my life before I met you.
I know my mum carried you close to her. That you nurtured her. That you soothed her when the world didn’t understand. Thank you for that.
As a child you spoke to me, so softly, so openly, so hopefully. Long before I would come to comprehend the depth of your lyrics or the synergy of your artistry, I was just moved by your beauty. I think your authenticity and emotion touched the innocence in me and as I grew you stayed with me.
When I felt alone you were my friend. When I ached from the pain of the many separations that would come you weren’t far away.. and I knew.. you would always.. no matter what… still love me tomorrow.
As a woman and an artist now myself I have to thank you for teaching me about the power of honesty, bravery, vulnerability. Your melodies are woven with in me, etched in by the candlelight of a hundred lonely nights.
I don’t know how you are, what you are or how you came to be so pure and powerful but it’s a comfort to know you will always live. That I will always have you. And your warmth will lay across any heart that calls for you.
Thank you for being such a vessel…
Forever and Always.
Grammy Award nominated singer/songwriter Aurelia has just released her lush new single ‘Chest’ ahead of the official launch in Melbourne this weekend. Details below.
Aurelia ‘Chest’ Single Launch
Saturday, 17th February
The Wesley Anne, Melbourne