Liza Anne, a musician based in Nashville, recently released her third album, Fine But Dying, that speaks about her personal mental health experience, something that she has not written about before. While reading her interview with Seth Johnson on Nuvo, I found two points particularly interesting and worth discussing on this platform.
I first took interest with the first sentence of the article. It’s a blunt statement, “Liza Odachowski is tired of being called a folk-rock artist.” Now, I know nothing about Liza Anne; however, this statement paints a small picture of this artist’s career already. A major issue that artists have to handle during their career is the constant comments from their fanbase that they miss the artist’s old sound, or even difficulties from management if their sound grows into something different from their previous releases. Based off this opening statement, its clear that Liza Anne has grown to the point in her career where it is difficult to separate their previous records from their current sound.
Her album, Fine But Dying, reflects a significant musical and personal growth from her previous albums. Her sound has evolved past the “folk-rock” sound on her older work and her writing has expanded to include more personal experiences, especially with her mental health. She describes the latter by saying, “I think it’s just a catalog of growth because I didn’t even have the words to talk about those things when I was 18. I hadn’t been in my body long enough to realize what was going on, ya know?”
Music is a very emotional and personal medium so there can be a false expectation for artists to bare more than what they understand about themselves. Liza Anne allowed herself to speak about these topics in her new music because she had finally gotten to a point in understanding herself that she could properly discuss her experiences. She mentioned how it was difficult to put her panic disorder into words because she didn’t have the understanding that her sad and frantic behavior was from mental illness. It isn’t uncommon for people to think that certain behaviors are just apart of their personality, rather than from a mental illness. This especially comes up where people are in environments where mental health is not discussed regularly and mental health education is not provided. However, through time and growth, people begin to understand that these behaviors are not normal and are tied to their mental health.
Overall, this article highlighted some important experiences that every musician faces at some point during their career. Growth and understanding within themselves and their music can have a reflection on how their management and fans perceive them. However, this evolution is necessary as a person and is a part of life that we all experience. If you would like to read the article, you can find it here.