22 C
Byron Shire
January 22, 2022

What happens in Washington

Latest News

Boat people we are

We here in this country, now called Australia, need to be reminded that we started off as ‘boat people’. The...

Other News

1,114 cases of COVID-19 in the Northern Rivers in last 24 hours

The Northern NSW Local Health District say that to 8pm yesterday, January 17, there were confirmed 1,114 new PCR cases of COVID-19.

Empty shelves

The local supermarket has no toilet paper, rice and little pet food. This is not merely a local event,...

Spice Palace: Fresh, local and made from scratch

Rob Cullinan and Duska Jefed are the couple behind Spice Palace. They lovingly make dips, tapenade, dukkah, harissa, chilli...

Ocean Shores DA threat to biodiversity, say residents

A proposal to subdivide one lot (2,097m2) into three lots, and build two dwellings and three secondary dwellings, in densly forested riparian land in North Ocean Shores would create ‘Gold-Coast-style overdevelopment’, say residents.

Greens Mandy Nolan to hold community forum in support of nurses and paramedics

Locally and across the state nurses, and paramedics are struggling in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as they are being asked to do double shifts and manage effectively in health system that is struggling to cope. This has led to an increasing number of nurses and paramedics resigning.

Renew Fest hosts May vigil for grief

Renew Fest will host a weekend-long Vigil For Grief in May 2022, and will return with the festival itself in 2023.

On There There, Megan Washington’s second full-length album and the followup to her ARIA-award-winning platinum debut I Believe You Liar (2010) Washington flexes her songwriter muscle, diving headfirst into themes centred on anxiety, bad sex, being unfaithful, being reckless and selfish, losing a best friend, and of course heart-cracking sadness.

It was producer Sam Dixon whom Washington credits with helping to crack her songwriting wide open. 

‘The writing and recording process was about four months long. If you can imagine spending eight hours a day every day in a room the size of your bathroom speaking about ideas and emotions, very quickly your measure of normal and the culture of that space rapidly becomes a safe haven where anything can be shared. All I did for four months was confide in Sam. We did so much talking. So by the time he got around to saying you have these habits I can identify, like when he said, ‘You don’t write about things that are really important to you. You just [write about] things that affect you moderately. You will never write a hit song because, let’s face it, if it’s bullshit then why would anyone care about it. It made perfect sense, although the process of breaking those habits was extremely painful.’

Megan-Washington_157At one stage, Sam gave Megan homework. ‘He told me, “Go home and think about something in your life – something that’s actually happened, but you’ve never written about. Something you believe to be songworthy. Tomorrow we’re going to write about that.”’ Megan remembered she had once been engaged. ‘I’d never really written about it, because I always had held the belief that it was too complex a situation to be contained in three and a half minutes.’ That evening though, between glasses of wine and bed, she wrote about having her engagement ring resized. The song became a key track titled Marry Me

‘I always cringe when creative people talk about breakthrough moments,’ she says. ‘There’s something so clichéd about pretending ‘eureka moments’ happen all the time. In my experience, they don’t. But something about this song – about being connected to the subject, and the terror you’ll get it wrong – was a breakthrough.

‘Part of the difficulty of writing that song was the process of identifying what sort of song it should be. Is it a “we were together and broke up and I hate you” or “I regret it” or “fuck you”? 

‘What actually was it? It took me a while and I reached a point where I could find something reasonable. In the end I went for “I can’t believe you would have done that because I’m so fucked up”. Which is the truth… so I was comfortable with that.’ 

Washington has a disarming honesty, something she laughingly refers to as a bit of a setback in the world of celebrity, which often calls for a more duplicitous approach.

‘I am a terrible celebrity. I do that celebrity thing really badly because I just want to feel connected – I am a bit of a sucker.’

Anxiety is also a constant companion for this talented singer/songwriter.

‘When it’s really active I just wake up with this impending sense of doom – and that’s something I have experienced on and off since I was a teenager. I’ve come to find some easy safeguards against that; for example I am a vegan now and that is extremely effective, my levels of anxiety almost halved when I stopped eating meat. I think it’s like an energetic transfer; when you eat meat you are eating little slabs of fear… I don’t know any creative person or any slightly intelligent person who doesn’t have some sort of anxiety about something – they say ignorance is bliss – I feel like anxiety is really really normal.’

Refreshingly frank, it’s perhaps Washington’s penchant for critical self-examination that is the most charming. 

As for the new album, Washington’s creative thirst is sated, at least for now.

‘I wrote all the songs I was afraid to write… I told the truth, as best I remember.’

Megan Washington is one of the many featured performers at Falls Festival. There are still New Years Eve (31st day and night $99) tickets available for Byron Shire and south Tweed Shire residents through byron.fallsfestival.com.au/locals.

Multi-day passes have sold out.

Car passes are now on sale through the website too. Camping is free and included in ticket prices but punters will need to purchase the appropriate car pass (fully refunded if three or more festivalgoers in the car).


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Israel and Palestine

As an apologist for Israel, Michael Burd (Letters, 12 January) conveniently ignores the harsh truth of Israel’s brutal oppression, while claiming there are two...

Greens Mandy Nolan to hold community forum in support of nurses and paramedics

Locally and across the state nurses, and paramedics are struggling in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as they are being asked to do double shifts and manage effectively in health system that is struggling to cope. This has led to an increasing number of nurses and paramedics resigning.

NSW COVID update on COVID deaths – vax stats and comorbidities

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet again opened his COVID update with condolences to families who have lost loved ones, and thanks to the  ‘inspirational work of our health workers'.

January 21 National Cabinet on Omicron, RATs, vax and treatments

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has issued a media release about yesterday's meeting of the National Cabinet.