“..the painting is a really crucial part of the artistic process for me. I helps me organize my ideas and visually convey the concept behind every song.”
In my project Borg Queen I wear many hats. Having a career where I can use as many of my skills as possible and be creative has been a lifelong goal of mine. I knew I could never be content just doing one thing. I have to do all the things! The trouble was that I could never find a “job” where I could do that. When people ask me what I do I’m reluctant to tell them that, “I bring complex psychological concepts to life through as many artistic disciplines as possible” because it makes me sound like a pretentious douche, BUT that’s exactly what I do. Most of the time I just tell them I’m an artist or a musician and that will usually segway into a conversation about all the shit that I do within this project that I call Borg Queen.
Today’s post isn’t about everything I do because that would make for an extremely long post, and who has time these days to read something longer than 5 paragraphs with all that other click bait you have to get to. Today’s focus is the paintings that I create for every song that I write. Doing the painting is a really crucial part of the artistic process for me. I helps me organize my ideas and visually convey the concept behind every song.
My album Sex, Drugs & Shiny Brass Poles is 10 songs and 10 paintings that tell a true story of why I fell into addiction and how I found my way out. SDSBP is a coming of age story set in a strip club. Each song is a life lesson or insight I gained from working as a stripper. The first 5 songs are written from my perspective as an addict who had lost all hope and put her faith in money. The turning point in the album is when I have a spiritual awakening and the last 5 songs are written from my perspective as a woman who has come into her own and discovered her life purpose despite still being a stripper.
Track List & Paintings
1. This Is Real –
It’s a reverse Cinderella story. It’s about having being a young adult with goals, hopes and ambitions, but having them destroyed by circumstances beyond control like illness, a bad economy and death. It’s about the huge mistake a lot of young people make which is making money a priority in life. I foolishly thought that money would solve all my problems and give me comfort, but when it didn’t I became depressed and turned to alcohol and drugs.
2. Sex, Drugs & Shiny Brass Poles –
In short it’s about the trap of greed that a lot of strippers fall into. You get so obsessed with making money that you lose perspective and fall into a vicious cycle of making a bunch of money, but spending it as fast as you make and never getting ahead.
3. Little Miss Liquid Courage –
It’s about me selling out to the playboy standard of beauty so I could make more money as a stripper. There’s a tremendous amount of pressure in the exotic entertainment industry to make yourself look as close to humanly possible as a Barbie Doll just so you can make more money. Sadly, I succumbed to that pressure and hated myself for it.
4. Hedonist: The Birth Of Venus Demilo –
It’s about me coping with domestic abuse by turning to various forms of hedonism that were in turn killing me. My hedonist lifestyle took over my personality and eventually transformed me into the alter ego that I was playing on stage.
5. The Bottom Of The Glass –
It’s about hitting rock bottom as an addict, being totally alone and just crying out to anyone or anything that will listen.
6. My Resurrection –
It’s the turning point and about facing my demons of greed, abuse and addiction and telling them that they no longer control me.
7. It’s Over –
It’s a break up song about my abusive relationship with my addictions.
8. We’re All Whores –
It’s an insight that I had when a customer basically called me a whore for taking my clothes off for money. We all have a price. We’re all a commodity. We’ve all done something for money that we wouldn’t have done otherwise. Therefore, we’re all whores.
9. Lapdance Romance –
When you’re a stripper you’re not supposed to fall for the customers, but it ended up happening to me. I tried to deny my feelings for him, but I couldn’t so I took a chance, gave up control and allowed myself to fall in love.
10. Imago Dei –
It’s Latin for image of God. It’s about being a stripper and a person of faith at the same time.