Updated: Aug 10
By Beverly Grafton
Here I am.
My very first step into a world I've never seriously considered and I'm nervous. I mean, who wouldn't be, right? I feel like a fish out of water. I've been singing all my life and all I've known for the last 20 years is being on stage, hustling for venues/events and rocking just about ANYTHING to do with the arts and entertainment. I write songs, poetry, rap(wait. what?!), short stories and from time to time, I write my thoughts and feelings in Facebook posts.
But a blog? And not just any blog but a blog for Affluent Society?!
Somebody please pump the brakes because that's a lot of responsibility. Like the picture above suggests, that's one rickety bridge leading to God only knows where and I have no way of finding out if I'm going to like the destination. Which is why I have now found myself sitting here deciding just how much of my soul I am willing to bare against how much of my credibility I am willing to put at risk so I can do a great job and still make money. And money is something I could use right now if my previous post made any sense to you.
Oh wait! Let me pause real quick here to wish Singapore and all my fellow Singaporeans a very happy and well-deserved 55 years of independence. Happy National Day!!!
Psst! I can't wait for the fireworks!
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I absolutely love this photo.
Ok, back to the subject matter at hand, this blog. I'm sure by now you would have surmised that it's a music blog from the announcement and my previous post. Honestly, I would've loved to do food but that's already pretty saturated with so many local bloggers (like, duh... Hello? It's Singapore, everyone's a food critic) so I decided to leave it alone and talk about what I do know inside and out. Now, the thing about me is, I don't want it to become just another run-of-the-mill music blog that sticks to the shallow and vapid, with no real substance or educational content. I want you, my darling reader, to feel like I'm right there with you, talking to you. Kinda like your favorite grandma, when she's holding your hand and sharing her knowledge and wisdom.
The thing is, for the longest time, my go-to attitude about me writing has usually been this - why would anyone be interested in my thoughts or opinions, much less my writing? They're always talking over me or rudely interrupting when I speak. I mean, sure, there have been many occasions where friends and acquaintances have said I should write a book about my story, but not once did anyone say anything about a blog. And...that's when "she" appears like clockwork.
My inner overachiever, Gung-Ho Bevie (GHB), rears her ambitious head and starts taunting me. Telling me that I don't deserve the opportunities that have been placed on my lap. That I should either take a cue from my uterus, be resilient and stick this through to the end or call it quits while I'm ahead as I sit in a corner and cry.
Ugh! I hate her but she does have a point. But I also think there should be a talking doll of her. People need a little tough love once in a while.
I mean, now that I think of it, my life has never been anything less than full of challenges and I seem to have overcome every single one of them so far and I've come out on the other side mostly unscathed and in fact, better for it.
Maybe I do blossom during adversity, after all.
Alright my lovelies, I hate to love you and leave you but it's come to that point again where I apologize for taking up more than enough of your time and I hope you'll tune in next week to read my new post/s. I don't know what exciting stories I'll have for you then but I can promise it will be rather tongue-in-cheek. Feel free to leave a comment telling me which posts you enjoy and what you'd like to hear about next time.
So, until then, what can you look forward to in my future posts?
Well, I'll endeavor to bring you interviews with up and coming local and international artistes, celebrities (I'm working on it!), DJs, bands, local cover bands, album launches and music events happening all over Singapore.
Also, keep a lookout for my weekly curated Affluent Society Music Playlist where I feature 5 videos (one a day, like your multivitamins) and share why they're so special.
This coming week I've lined up 5 pioneers of my choice, from Singapore's music industry way back when, so tune in to discover how each one contributed to the colorful scene we have today!
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