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THE NELLY FURTADO TUNE: “LET’S PULL THE MASK OFF NOW”

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Ms. Furtado, do you feel like you have a good understanding of who you are at the moment?

Thank God, yes, finally I can say that truly with conviction — I think I’ve said it in the past and lied! Don’t get me wrong though, we’re all still discovering ourselves. I think I continue to take away layers of the onion, you know, I love learning about myself. These days I’m really trying to tackle things that I’m scared of as much as I can.

Why is that so important for you?

I think it’s through action that we really find out who we are. A funny thing happened to me over the years: I became a figurehead of my own company, I had a label, I was signing artists, I was doing development and A&R and production… But that fatigued the other side of me, who is just this creative person who wants to make things.

“When it was over and I realized I’d never have that back again; that experience will only be a memory now.”

How did you snap yourself out of it?

I started doing things like playwriting classes and ceramic classes and sewing class and work at my friend’s record store so that I could really, really unlearn all the rigidity and unlearn all the responsibility and all the pressure and stress. I found that the new stimulation and the new sights and sounds and new learning, new fears, that kind of kept me going. I also did this 10 kilometer race last year… I was going through a hard time emotionally so I used the running as a way to pull myself out of it because that’s when all your synapses are firing, right? I used the running as a way to heal.

Does music also help in that respect?

Definitely. I cried the last day of recording my latest album. Listening to the final mix, the tears just started to fall — I felt immense sadness. And what I was feeling was the loss of the experience of recording. I realized that the studio had become a little safe place for me. It was like confessional! I confessed all my sins on the songs. And then when it was over and I realized I’d never have that back again; that experience will only be a memory now. And that’s always sad, I think, because the best bit is really recording. That’s the best part. Sharing is too, but when you record it, that’s the cathartic moment, right? That’s when the healing really happens.

Has performance and music always played that role for you? Even as a kid?

Yeah, when I was a child, I think I had an undiagnosed obsessive-compulsive disorder. I would have these thoughts, these intrusive thoughts and it was really hard for me. And I didn’t know what it was until I saw Oprah Winfrey talking about OCD on TV. I think I was seven or eight, and I found out that what was going on was at least normal and nothing to be worried about. But it was still hard. When you’re so little and you have these deep thoughts… It can be scary!

It is still difficult when you’re having those thoughts as an adult.

Right and my childhood was interesting too because my mother was just brilliant, she was smart, and although her and my father were immigrants, my mother made a conscious decision to speak English with us at home. She always showed us that we could be Canadian but still connected to our ethnic histories as Portuguese-Canadians. And that was a gift, a real gift! I never felt like I had to choose one or the other, I felt like I could be both… But I also felt like I was living a double life because at church on Sundays, I was surrounded by other Portuguese kids…

And this wasn’t the case during the week?

No, I was surrounded by mostly Anglo kids! Kids who maybe thought my lunches smelled funny, or that my skin was an interesting shade of olive that they weren’t familiar with. There’s shame involved in that, I think. I think you struggle with shame when you deal with insecurity as a child. I guess I was also a bit nerdy too, right? So in general, I was a child who was in my mind a lot. And music was definitely my safe place. I’d get lost in the music. The music could just kind of take over. It was my spirituality, I think. That’s when I felt connected to something higher than myself, I felt safe. I felt love when I sang.

Do you sometimes still feel that kind of Otherness these days?

I think I live in my own world, in my head, and I’m an idealist. I’ve realized that the status quo is overly pacified with things that have nothing to do with who I am, and therefore I feel like a fish out of water. But looking back, I don’t know if my experience was entirely negative, you know? As you get older, even in your twenties, you might be like, “Oh my God, I was so sad as a child!” But then when you get in your thirties, you’re like, “Wait a second…” It can never be perfect. Those experiences definitely made me stronger, like “This is what makes me unique and different and special.” No other kids are playing ukulele in a folkloric outfit on Sundays! (Laughs)

“The song is like the salve, the grease on the wheels of my emotions that help me understand myself more.”

Is that why so many of your songs have themes of individuality and self-discovery?

My songs have been helpful to me mentally. If I don’t understand what I’m feeling, then I write a song. It’s almost like I have latent emotional understanding of myself! And the song is like the salve, the grease on the wheels of my emotions that help me understand myself more. I wrote something like “Shit On The Radio” because I was mad at all those fake friends, who said to me, “Make sure you don’t sell out now that you’ve signed a record deal,” or something. And then, you know, I didn’t understand why people wanted to use Photoshop on my pictures after my first album, so I wrote the song “Powerless” because I felt disenfranchised and I felt the weight of the world, you know?

Petra Collins said that it’s important for young people to see a role model being honest about what they struggle with so that they can see themselves in those role models.

That’s it, and I think a lot of my lyrics are very much about dealing with: “Okay, let’s pull the mask off now.” Is it not enough to just exist and be? Do we have to play all these roles all the time? Do we have to satisfy these quotas? I think people want some type of flashy story with an album from an artist but… I can never fake it. My heart has to be in everything I do. I can’t fake anything; I end up unraveling. So, for me, I think it’s okay to just kind of mess up and fall in the dirt. And that’s a story enough, right?

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Top 5 Takeaways From Tiger Woods’s Latest Press Conference

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Tiger Woods met with the media Wednesday in front of the Farmers Insurance Open and gave a reasonable way to deal with his PGA Tour return. You can see his full question and answer session here.

Underneath, we trimmed it down. Here are the five most interesting statements from Woods’ Wednesday press conference:

  • On his expectations: “I think yeah, my expectations have tempered a little bit because I haven’t played. When I came back off my ACL injury in ’08 and started playing in ’09, it was nine months but I hadn’t played a full schedule prior to that. Here, I haven’t played a full schedule since 2015. It’s been a long time. To be honest with you, I just want to start playing on the Tour and getting into a rhythm of playing a schedule again. I haven’t done that in such a long time, so I don’t know what to expect. Just go out there and just play, I’m going to grind it, give it everything I possibly have if I put the ball in the right position and make some putts and try to work my way up the board.”
  • On how desperate his back woes were: “You know, I tried all different types of treatment on it and we went – I went through every single procedure that is nonsurgical prior to getting it fused. I exhausted every single procedure I could possibly do and it just didn’t get better. So the surgery and fusion was the only step I had left. I was very lucky because it’s down at L5-S1 and it only has maybe six degrees of rotation, so it’s really not much at all so I got lucky in that regard. It’s been tough. I didn’t know when the back was going to go out. I don’t know if you guys were watching this past week with Freddie, how bad it was. He was fine and all of a sudden he makes a couple bad swings and there it goes. That’s very similar to how I was.”
  • On getting his speed back: “I hadn’t felt good in four, five years. My surgeon, you know, he said from the get-go, once it’s fused, you’ll have – you’ll have speed like you did back in your early 30s. And he’s right because there’s no pain, I’m not flinching, it doesn’t hurt as I take the club back, it doesn’t hurt right before impact, it doesn’t hurt after impact, it doesn’t hurt when I walk. It was a tough go for a while and I don’t have any of those feelings.”
  • On why he’s going without a coach (for now): “I’ve said it many times already, it’s just that no one’s had a spinal fusion at that level and be able to hit the ball that hard, as hard as I do. So I’d like to meet somebody who can swing it over 120 miles an hour with a fused back. Do you know anybody? That’s what I mean, no one understands that. So I have to rely own my own feels and play around with what my body can and cannot do. It’s not going to look like it used to, I don’t have the mobility that I do – that I used to and that’s just the reality. Now it’s just a matter of what can I do, and that’s just practicing and getting my feels and trusting, experimenting a lot to try and figure out what can this body do and how explosive can it be and how am I going to control shots with different shapes, am I going to have different feels. Some of that stuff is yes, some of that stuff is different and I’m still learning it.”
  • On his plan early in the year: “I’m just trying to build towards April. That’s what I told you guys last year in the Bahamas, I’m looking forward to playing a full schedule and getting ready for the Masters and I haven’t done that in a very long time. That’s usually been my schedule and my outlook. From ’96 on it’s been that way to try to get ready for Augusta and there’s no reason to change that.”

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Top 5 Times Oprah Has Lost Her Cool On Her Talk Show

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Here are the most effective crossroads in Oprah TV history when everyone’s eyes were on Oprah, and she lost her cool, cries on a show, lost her poise or even merely lost her brain, making all of us either cry or lowered that even Oprah is a slave to her feelings in some cases. Plan to go on the passionate, crazy ride that spread over a very long while with our dearest anchorperson. As we enter her last season, prepare for more Oprah crying minutes. Get ready to see her lose it all the more frequently as she directs some of her most enthusiastic Oprah interviews.

At the point when did Oprah cry on her show? There are a large number of illustrations when the normally quiet symbol loses her self-restraint, this rundown follows those minutes.

Oprah’s Heartthrob Surprise

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Since Oprah has, at last, consented to be the one on the less than the desired end of shocks for her final season, her staff pulled a startling get-together experience for The Big O and welcomed Jackie Jackson to come into her office and amazement her at her work area.

Oprah really liked Jackie and this date dash has been over 43 years really taking shape.

Jackie shocks O and realises her blossoms thirty seconds into the clasp.

Oprah hurls her arms and shouts as he embraces her. She shouts a few more circumstances and after that affectionately, tongue in cheek (obviously), undermines to gun down her snickering staff as she whines that she was not dressed for Jackie. Fantasy and a lousy dream across the board.

As the clasp proceeds with, Oprah ushers Jackie out of the room and begins an energised, scattered endeavour to settle her cosmetics and put eyelashes on and get ready for her fantasy date. “Thank god, Stedman’s in Bermuda.”

This clasp is a great deal of enjoyable to watch, and Oprah’s so endearingly found napping that it influences you to think to any significant amazement you’ve ever gotten in your life.

Oprah Talks About Her Best Friend in the World

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Oprah opens up to Barbara Walters about her association with Gayle King, her closest companion, and the lesbian gossipy tidbits that have surfaced irregularly consistently.

Around one moment into the clasp, Barbara requests that Oprah depict her intimate association with Gayle. Oprah takes over ten seconds to recover her poise and endeavour to answer the inquiry.

Oprah portrays Gayle as the mother she never had, the sister everyone would need, and the companion everyone merits. “I don’t have a clue about a superior individual.” She is exceptionally enthusiastic all through the clasp as she discusses Gayle.

This clasp is a capable demonstration of the actual truthfulness that has characterised Oprah’s vocation.

Oprah’s Tribute to Sophie, Her Faithful, Deceased Cocker Spaniel

 

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Oprah commits a show to her dearest cocker spaniel, Sophie, who she had for a long time and had as of late passed.

The Oprah Winfrey Show group set up an introduction together for Oprah about Sophie and her opportunity as a significant aspect of Oprah’s family.

Oprah tells us previously she has not seen the video and is watching it out of the blue.

The video starts around thirty-five seconds in and includes some excellent photographs and video film of a delightful dark cocker spaniel going through her days with O. It proceeds until the two-moment stamp. At the point when the clasp comes back to Oprah, she is in tears with a Kleenex. She says she knew viewing the video would be hard and battles to get past her guide as she wipes her eyes. O instantly enjoys a business reprieve to get it together and “get [her]self together.”

It is reviving to see this reliable, rousing lady demonstrate a weakness for losing a cherished pet. It proves to every one of us that it’s alright to feel like the organisation we keep, human and non-human, don’t need to be blood-identified with feel like the piece of our family.

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Top 10 Quotes By Leonardio DiCaprio

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Dissimilar to numerous previous youngster on-screen characters who tend to bite the dust (or blur into obscurity) in their teenager years and past, 42-year-old Academy Award victor Leonardo DiCaprio has gloated an unfaltering resume of film hits for almost two decades, from his terrible hand over 1993’s What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? To a featuring part in film industry sensation Titanic.

Notwithstanding his fantastic movie profession, Leo has utilised his Hollywood capital in various generous endeavours. He’s wind up one of the world’s best environmental change champions and backers for more stringent confinements on carbon emanations each shot he gets.

Indeed, he gave particular specify to the earth in his Oscar acknowledgement discourse for his work in The Revenant, entreating the group of onlookers to “work on the whole together and quit tarrying” when managing environmental change. These qualities are reflected in his everyday life; he drives battery-fueled vehicles and lives in a sun-based controlled home.

The following are 10 of the most motivating Leonardo DiCaprio that ought to urge you to deal with what makes you cheerful.

“Be thankful for the hard times, for they have made you” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing all the hype that’s written about you… Who knows? In a couple of years, you might find me in the loony bin!” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“If you can do what you do best and be happy, you’re further along in life than most people.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“Pay close attention to people who don’t clap when you win.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“To believe in love, to be ready to give up anything for it, to be willing to risk your life for it, is the ultimate tragedy.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“A wrong connection will give you shock throughout your life, but the right one will light up your life.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“Everybody has gone through something that has changed them in a way that they could never go back to the person they once were.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“I just really love doing what I do. I know every career is fleeting and there will be time periods when I don’t get the opportunities that I’m getting right now, so I am taking advantage of them.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“Only you and you alone can change your situation. Don’t blame it on anything or anyone.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“I really am motivated by being able to work with great people and create a body of work that I can look back and be proud of.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

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