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Commissioned Work: State Of The Arts - The Artist

This year’s commissioned work is The Arts in SA and has been composed by Robyn Habel and Adam Page.

In these songs we celebrate how we are ALL involved in the arts in some way – as the artist, or the audience and how through sharing and engaging with the arts we can ALL take part. These are light-hearted and fun songs, each one with a different vibe, offering a variety of singing and vocal opportunities.
How ‘dull, colourless and boring’ life would be without The Arts!

YOU are our Artists of the future!

The Artist

Words and Music by R. Habel and A. Page. 
Piano arrangement by R. Ennis. Orchestral arrangement by A. Page.

The Artist is about the person who CREATES the art – the painter, the composer, the sculptor, the choreographer, the writer, the dancer, the fashion designer, the illustrator, etc.
This song is a slow melodic ballad. It has only two sections – the verse and chorus. 
The verse focuses on how the artist thinks and feels. It tells us that the artist’s aim is to always be open and honest with their audience about how they see themselves and the world. They hope that this will help others understand themselves better, and in turn become more connected with each other. 
The chorus is written from the perspective of the audience. The audience sees the artist in our culture as a kind of light; they reflect the world back to us, so we see ourselves more clearly. 
The lyrics here draw upon two works of art: Vincent Van Gogh’s famous painting ‘The Starry Night’ (1889);  and Leonard Cohen’s famous song Anthem (1992).

Can you create an ‘atmosphere’ as you sing this song? Think about your expression and accuracy for part singing and rhythms.

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