Noelene Power

FRESH: ‘Damaged’ – Noelene Power

Noelene Power releases “Damaged”!

by Christopher Smith

NYC based singer/songwriter, runner, yogi and bread enthusiast Noelene Power has just released her striking new single “Damaged”. Lyrically, “Damaged” is the song that really hits home. Noelene spoke to us about the song recently: “Sometimes when we get out of relationships we almost feel like we are flawed human beings because something that we cared so much about didn’t work out for the long run”.

She adds: “I can’t even count the number of times where I have had friends that have felt like they were “damaged goods” because of various bad things that had happened to them in their life. “Damaged” is about a realisation I had after I got out of a toxic relationship I was in during a very transformative time in my life. At first, I felt like I was a failure for being taken advantage of after being open and vulnerable and honest with someone that had meant so much to me”.

“After some time and self-reflection, I came to the conclusion that the hurt and the pain that I had been through was a superpower and that I came out better and stronger at the other end. Once I learned to own everything that had happened to me in my life, I was no longer ashamed of what had happened to me. Being “damaged” is no longer a badge of shame. Being “damaged” means that you’ve been through tough times and you have come out alive and you are better able to handle life because of it. After all, all the best people are damaged”. How very true Noelene.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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