Yeah, No is out via Sony’s The Orchard
Following the March release of her latest EP, Yeah, No, rising pop artist Elle Winter shares a guest blog post about her time spent in self-isolation. Read the full post below:
Hi Soundazed, this is Elle Winter! I want to share with you the way I am spending my time while in quarantine and isolation, particularly if you are in need of something to read while you’re “bored in the house, and in the house, bored.”
I am approaching my 38th night of social distancing in a house in South Hampton, NY, with my immediate family. I am strangely getting adjusted to this new normal. I find myself constantly hearing Doja Cat’s fierce voice in my head singing “ohhh what a time to be alive,” as I learn to master various websites, which allow me to stream live performances and give interviews from home. My usual indifference to and frustration with technology is no longer an option, given it is the only medium through which I can get things done these days. Zoom interviews, Instagram live stream performances, and social media takeovers are an everyday occurrence and necessity. I am getting better at mastering all platforms, and I must say, I am impressed with myself. Small victories, right?!
I have also been learning to play the piano. I have played the guitar for the last ten years and have always found it essential for my journey as a songwriter and performer, but the piano has been a true game-changer for me. I watched a YouTube tutorial video last week, and in 5 minutes, I learned to play almost any chord with a simple formula given to me by the video’s creator (who I would shout out here, but I don’t know his handle!), and voila! I can play almost any popular song.
The first song I learned to play was “All of Me” by John Legend. I have played this song on my guitar for years, but when I sat down at the piano to sing and play it I felt a deeper connection with the song. I have been writing new songs on the piano, and find myself awakened by the different emotions that playing the piano elicits in me. I have also started writing a song journal while in quarantine, I call it my “Solitude Song Journal.” Rather than writing songs on my phone like I typically do, I am making a physical journal of the songs I write during this period of my life. I do find that the quarantine has affected my writing, as I have had time to reflect on a lot of things.
Before this virus outbreak, I had just moved to Los Angeles to begin working on a larger music project, and while those west coast plans have been put on hold, I am continuing full speed ahead with writing new music for my debut album. All-day, I write songs, stories, and poems. I am almost ready for a new song journal! I am grateful to have music as an outlet for me, keeping me centered and creative during this crazy time.
Stream Elle Winter’s Yeah, No
I am incredibly grateful to be healthy and quarantined with my family, spending more time together than ever before. I am also taking a moment to embrace this time of stillness; I joke with my friends and family that I am typically constantly on the go, always traveling and moving from city to city. While this experience is unsettling and uncertain and difficult for so many people, I am doing my best to focus on my gratitude and appreciation for my health, and I am trying to find personal peace amidst the chaos. My staying indoors and practicing social distancing is the least I can do to serve my community and protect those around me.
I am in awe of the incredible health heroes who are working on the frontlines, tirelessly, and putting themselves at risk for all of us. I urge all of you to stay inside and stay safe. While we may be in isolation, we are connected more so now than ever before.