Songs for Other People was a performance made in collaboration with conceptual and installation artist Melissa Dyne. It centered around a body of songs that I wrote for the album of a tabloid starlet and singer whose lesbian romance drew celebratory headlines in 2008. I performed as myself, the singer from The Blow, and delivered a narrative about my experience working with the celebrity that seemed true but wasn’t. The songs and the performance traced the vicissitudes of the very public love story as translated through my own projections and distortions, and meditated on the range of sensations related to the experience of feeling exposed. Under the excuse of songwriting research, I took the liberty of trying on elements of the starlet’s identity, adopting foreign postures and mannerisms, exploring the delicate and sometimes blurry line surrounding the sense of self. The visual and aural effects were designed and performed by Melissa Dyne.
Songs For Other People was performed at The Warhol Museum, The Wexner Center, Great American Music Hall, Joe’s Pub, among other venues. The songs from Songs For Other People were released on the album The Blow, by Kanine Records in 2013.