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Stuck at Home (together)

Artist Spotlight

Emily Maguire

British singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and poet Emily Maguire is truly “a talent to be reckoned with” (RnR Magazine, UK). With five albums and three books to her name, she has been featured many times in interviews and playlists on BBC national radio. Her thought-provoking lyrics, supremely expressive voice, and spellbinding live performances have inspired her fans across the globe.

Open about her own struggles with bipolar disorder since the publication of her first book ‘Start Over Again’, Emily became a patron of the charity Restore and performed her songs for mental health hospitals and groups across the UK, work which recently earned her an international award for public service and advocacy.”

“I am keeping myself as busy and creative as possible whether that’s writing music or cooking a meal or digging in the veggie garden. I live a fairly isolated life anyway with my husband on a farm in the Australian bush so I am used to spending a lot of time at home,” Emily shared with us. “The most difficult thing at the moment is being so far away from friends and family in the UK, especially my sister who is nursing on a COVID ward.”

To learn more about her, visit her website.

How does her work make you feel? Let us know in the comments below.

​About Everything

“This song is going to be on my sixth album which I’m in the process of recording now.  I’ve shared this demo version now because I guess we all want to do something to help relieve some of the anxiety people are feeling at the moment.  We play music when we’re happy, when we’re sad, when we’re celebrating and when we’re grieving.  So I hope this song might help, if only for a brief moment.”

I’d Rather Be

“This song was played every day on BBC Radio in the UK but no one knew what it was actually about as I was hiding my condition at the time.  I wrote this song about a year after my first psychosis when I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and I was starting to realise that all this energy in my head could be something precious, something I could transform into creativity if I chose to.  And I was thinking we all have choices in life… and these are some of mine.”

2 Comments

  1. Connie Bottoni

    I just retired after over 50 years of working. I feel lost and don’t know how to find my new focus and purpose. Family helps but I want to do something that makes life better for others and our planet. I love being creative and learning new things. I’m searching for a new direction as I’m stuck here at home.

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  2. Kelly

    Congratulations on your retirement! Keep searching, keep learning, keep trying new things, it may take time to find a new path that takes you where you want to go. ☺️

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