The most engaging musicians for me lately, are ones who have perfected the art of music as Trojan horse. Unleashing their rage from within a perfect overlay of pop, R&B, or Indigenous drumming, Janelle Monáe, King Princess, Eastern Owl, and U.S. Girls, create sublime melodies and catchy hooks that tackle an array of topics not often captured in song. From decrying the horrific ongoing consequences of residential schools, to celebrating women’s sexuality, exploring our unique individual “Rosebuds” of pain, or depicting the range of queer romance and heartbreak, these artists have created works of beauty and grit and depth, of sensuality, sorrow, and sheer joy.
Diane Carley lives and writes in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She has been longlisted for CBC's Short Story Contest, PRISM’s Jacob Zilber Prize, and Exile Quarterly’s CVC Award. Her short stories have appeared in Riddle Fence, The New Quarterly, and subTerrain. Her story "Dead Reckoning" was published in The Fiddlehead No. 282 (Winter 2020).