Belinda Griffin’s musical debut Elucidation takes listeners on a hero’s journey and introduces them to a rising star. An hour of storytelling and song sharing the work transports audiences to a roaring campfire (a faux one of course as the show takes place indoors) where the only things missing are a comfy blanket and some toasted marshmallows.
After a rather busy week I hoped I would be able to escape my worries for a while by indulging in this work, even if that escape was only brief. So, I made my way through the chaos and debauchery of Fortitude Valley on a Saturday night to the EC Venue and was not disappointed by what I found. Griffin’s music is the perfect blend of the best of Stevie Nicks and Shania Twain. That is, a blend of new age lyricism and honest country melodies. Being able to listen to Griffin explain the intention and imagery of each track made the work equally as intimate as it was cosmic. It truly was the perfect sonic sanctuary.
Griffin herself is an absolute ray of sunshine. She seems like the type of person who just knows how you take your tea and is glad to continue an afternoon chat long after that tea goes cold. She endears herself immediately to her audience and her joy is infectious. I couldn’t help but smile seeing the glee that comes with being able to share your art with an audience in Griffin’s eyes. After learning both showings of the work had sold out I have to say such success has been bestowed upon someone who truly deserves it.
After the show’s end I re-emerged into the cold, windy pandemonium of Fortitude Valley feeling renewed, feeling the bustle of my life was meant for me, and feeling that if I needed to change my path I had the power to choose again.
The reviewer attended on the 15th of May.