73. Jim O’DonoghueMartin Video Blue

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My song ‘Re­viver’ was made in re­sponse to my own deal­ings with anx­i­ety and panic at­tacks. When over­whelmed, lis­ten­ing to and cre­at­ing sound helps. I wanted to cre­ate some­thing that could be used in mind­ful­ness – prac­tice, med­i­ta­tion or as a dis­creet back­drop to some­thing more phys­i­cal.

Some­thing you could sleep to, run to, or write to. A piece de­signed for in­tro­spec­tion in a world like ours. There was a plant on our liv­ing room ta­ble, called a calathea or­nata (that’s the im­age on the art­work). I watched it in dif­fer­ent states, mov­ing up­wards, fight­ing for light as a re­sponse to the on­set of dark­ness; and then in a re­laxed state as it bathed in sun in the morn­ing.

I learned this was called nycti­nasty, and it seemed like a good metaphor for the swings in men­tal well-be­ing a day can of­fer. This record­ing takes that jour­ney; an ex­pe­ri­ence with dark­ness but ul­ti­mately of­fer­ing up­lift­ing cathar­sis. This was a re­viv­ing thing to make – hope­fully it can ben­e­fit oth­ers.

One is never alone.

•Jim O’Donoghue-Martin

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