March 28-April 3, 2019 Up Front News Opinion Culture
especially true of “Old White House.” “You’ve got to go back and get that little girl.” “I was doing shadow work, where you do deep imagin“I usually write the music first, so I’m playing with a ings — almost hypnosis work, going into the things that guitar riff and all of a sudden the lyrics to that song fell trigger you every day, and identifying them,” Dowd says. out,” Dowd says. “I realized by the second verse what “I identified [an emotion] as shame and then, Wait, when I was singing about, and that was really wild because is the first time that you felt that really was the only way I that? It immediately took me could go back and get that little back to this time when I was girl, through the song. It’s like Learn more at abigaildowd.com. three-and-a-half, four years old. releasing the story and it has no And I realized that was really power anymore, and then other heavy, and I’d been carrying it people can relate to the song, around.” and maybe it’ll be healing for them, too, knowing that The resurfaced memory prompted Dowd to reach out they’re not alone in that. The fact that I wrote this song to an aunt she’d distanced herself from out of sublimimeans I don’t own it anymore. I let the story go. And nal association with that traumatizing time. Her aunt then I can sing it with a total freedom.” imparted advice she heard from Oprah Winfrey, who is vocal about the repercussions of trauma in early life:
Shot in the Triad
Dowd, for so long, lived under the weight of the male gaze. The new work grapples with what resides in the chasm between self-perception and how others see us.
Furniture returns to High Point. Abigail Dowd looks inward. Forsyth sheriff changes his tune. And more.