The Ballad of the Runaway Girl serves as a timely reminder of why we make art and just how powerful music can be.
I’m sitting by the window and the coffee is growing cold. I’ve been trapped in one of those ruts with those questions on repeat, pounding in my skull like a kick drum: why make art? What is the point of it? Why add another drop to the now-overflowing bucket of noise, a drop that will quickly be forgotten?
I just haven’t been able to shake the feeling that this art racket is nothing but a waste.
Elisapie’s new album, The Ballad of the Runaway Girl, served as a timely reminder of why we make art and just how powerful music can be. It’s an album that made that rut just a little bit shallower.
On The Ballad of the Runaway Girl, Elisapie digs deep. Eleven songs, pushing herself into the depth of her own experience and emerging with a raw passion that she has woven into heartfelt, hauntingly beautiful songs; she has created an album that flows to the rhythm of life, touching on feelings of joy, anxiety, confidence, doubt, love, and a sense of loss. The Ballad of The Runaway Girl feels like an embodiment of Elisapie’s life —exploring the different facets and challenges she has faced as a woman, an adopted child, a mother, a lover, and a proud Inuk working for the recognition of her people’s historic difficulties.
With The Ballad of the Runaway Girl, Elisapie has crafted an album that won’t quickly be forgotten. It is a reminder that art isn’t a waste; that we make art because it affords us a glimpse into one another’s human experience, so we can begin to understand and move forward together.