The New York songwriter returns to the piano in peaceful Bermuda – The Royal Gazette

In Bermuda, Rivky rediscovered a lost sense of calm and returned to her music.

She had put it aside for much of 2020. Initially, she was concerned with the challenges of living in New York during a pandemic, and when she was inspired to create something again, she became more interested in writing.

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“In those first few months [of the pandemic] It was busy, ”said Rivky, a singer-songwriter who has become an inadvertent advocate of psychosis through her own struggles with some form of schizophrenia.

“I had to move to a new location because my landlady needed her place back, because her father was sick – everyone changed or picked up and moved – and that kind of thing stopped a lot of my creativity. I had to focus more on self-sufficiency. That was work too. I’ve spent a lot of time doing what most people are doing right now – just walking or doing extra stretches, a priority that takes precedence over everything else, including creativity. “

The book “kind of ignited more music”. Rivky is preparing to release the video for the single she recently produced, Neki Neki in Zoom Zoom, on March 31st on streaming platforms.

However, it was only once in Bermuda that she felt moved to play the piano again.

She came on vacation a week ago with her partner Magda.

“I didn’t want to travel at all, but she made me come here,” said the singer. “I have never been here. Bermuda was a very calming place.

“I don’t know what it is – maybe it’s the aquamarine water that lies in the distance and gives me peace. I resigned from my music for almost a year. I hadn’t really touched the piano and the irony is that in Bermuda, of all places, I managed to get a piano, a Roland, from one of the musicians here. “

Tony Brannon’s gift enabled her to practice for an impromptu Covid memorial concert in New York, which she attended via Zoom yesterday.

“I was invited to share my music and I have the first song I ever wrote. It is a laudation years ago that is very close to my heart. And I made a memorial video on Covid, as a kind of farewell and tribute to those who have lost.

“[The music came] Suddenly, after a year of not doing much and just focusing on writing. And then, for the last month or two, just an inspiration to write Neki Neki about the Zoom Zoom. “

The song is a departure from the typical “folksy, bluesy, jazz” music that she normally creates and performs.

“I took a little inspiration from Covid and the Zoom online things that people were doing,” she said. “It’s more hip hop, the spoken word, a kind of rap genre … a strange song that is kind of silly and funny and sheds some light on it.”

Rivky grew up in Brooklyn, New York, in a “small island community in Orthodox Hasidic and Yeshivic culture”.

As a young child, she kept to herself because she was shy and had “a lot of mental health problems” and focused on her talents.

“I think creativity was more like something that made me survive, but I didn’t know it was a tool that would help me move forward in my life,” said Rivky.

“The more I did, the more I played the piano or painted or wrote music – that kind of thing drove me into the world of music and the arts in general.”

While composing for off-Broadway productions, she met Bernie Sanders, a two-fingered cellist with whom she often appears today. She encouraged them to keep making music and believe in themselves.

“I started painting before I started singing. Because I was so shy, I never thought that I would even have the ability or the strength to stand in front of an audience or to actually compose, ”said Rivky, who started composing professionally almost a decade ago.

“But I’ve met a lot of people in the creative industry related to theater, and I’ve worked with a playwright who wanted to use my music in his play. He wanted me to do an acting and be a narrator on stage, which I never thought of either. It was really just kind of mind-boggling unexpected in some kind of self-identity discovery. “

Along the way, she began talking to the audience about her schizophrenia in an attempt to remove the stigma associated with the disorder as it was used to portray people in the news and movies.

“I’m not that keen on labels, but I’m in the spectrum. When I was first diagnosed, I didn’t understand what was wrong with me. I had been isolated and had a hard time interacting with people for a number of years and I was able to get help from some incredible organizations [such as] one called Brunnenhaus.

“It really made me focus more on my strengths than just the simple diagnosis. I diverted my energy to focus on the beautiful things I have, rather than the barriers that made me feel like I couldn’t possibly do much because of my diagnosis. “

Her way of describing her challenge is that her “brain processes things differently”.

“People don’t really understand the range of these things, and I feel like it’s so much more frightening about you [learn about it from a screen] instead of hearing someone speak who has the diagnosis. I feel like the news and movies have kind of gone wrong with it for so many years and people like me really have an opportunity to let people know that it’s just a diagnosis; It’s just people who receive information differently and process the world a little differently. “

She continued, “There are certain things that are just a little bit sharper and so I have to take it in a little slower and understand the signal a little bit. I just need a little more time. Sometimes I take things a little more literally. “

Amid the sadness of the coronavirus pandemic, there has also been “some kind of reawakening” to how important it is for us to bond, she said.

“That way, it was kind of a light in the dark … especially for those dealing with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, autism – things that are more sensory and people who deal with isolation. I think Covid can make it worse because we don’t really connect with our support. It is more difficult. So it’s so important to make sure people have a team, friends, or parents to call them up and say, “Hey, how are you? How are you?’ Even those who are not into sensory experiences and neurodivergent brains have a hard time, even for normal people. We all need a sense of community and to know that human touch and that human contact just to say hello. It is an important time to do more of this. “

The singer-songwriter Rivky discovered a feeling of calm again in Bermuda (photo included)

The singer-songwriter Rivky discovered a feeling of calm again in Bermuda (photo included)

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