By Kat Goldman
Finding Your Look
If you are a going to be a songwriter working in the music industry, you might want to spend a lot of time thinking about your “ look.”
Have you ever wondered why it is that some people find their “ look ” much easier than others ?
They just throw on a cap, or a cowboy hat, or they swing a cape around their shoulders, and they are good to go. Elvis had a “ look.” So did Madonna. The Beatles had a number of compelling hairdos over the course of their career. I myself have still not found my “ look ”, although I am open to suggestions.
Don’t get me wrong! I have tried a few numbers, like when I wore a white, puffy, and generous tutu for one opening night. My drummer at the time really took offense to it. “ You looked ridiculous! ” He said. “ And my friends thought so too! ”
Well I thought that was very unkind! Especially since I was paying him for the gig plus the rehearsals! I just don’t know why some people try to knock you down. Maybe it is because they are jealous. I bet he really wanted to wear that tutu, but just couldn’t say so. And anyways, like he was one to talk- wearing those ridiculous, thin, black, ugly, nylon, “drummer” slippers every time he had to play the drum set! Was he drumming or was he going windsurfing ?
For the past few years I’d been threatening to wear an oversized, black, curly, “Cher” wig, in order to promote my new album. However my friends were baffled:
“What does it mean?” They would ask me.
“What? It’s a character!” I would tell them.
To be honest, I’m still not sure what was the meaning of the Cher Wig. All I know is I wore it for one gig and it was so hot under the lights, my make-up began to trickle down my face and I looked like a horror show. I will never wear that wig again, although I still keep it in my closet.
During the time I lived in Boston I tried “ Elvis: The Vegas Years, ” but that was a hard one to pull off. When you wear long sideburns, people tend to mistake you for a man. I also gave the David Bowie “ Unitard ” a whirl for a recent concert, but again, not an easy ensemble; I appeared more like a beached whale in feather earrings.
Maybe one day it will come to me.
Perhaps my greatest stunt was my photo shoot as “ Burlesque Dancer. ” I used it for a poster. I was looking a little more “plump” than usual, what with living in America and all. The night of the show, a fellow songwriter raised a fuss about it:
“ Why would you wear such a silly get-up !” he exclaimed. He was very upset by the way I was going
about my self-promotion !
What I’m trying to say is you can’t let other people‘s opinions of you interfere with your dress choices. Songwriters are typically quirky people ! They need to express themselves freely ! I’ve had managers tell me to wear my hair up, wear my hair down, wear a hat, or not wear a hat. Do not listen to them ! Did they write these songs ?
As singer-songwriters and musicians, it is in our nature to stand out from the crowd. So pull on your tight leather pants, bust out your chest hair, and start growing that handle bar moustache. Dare to be different. Most of all, remember this: just be you. Which is why for my next photo shoot I’m thinking: sombrero and Mexican poncho ?