73. Jim O’DonoghueMartin Video Blue
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.