As a singer-songwriter with experience of new motherhood, my research will address women’s experiences of motherhood through songwriting and interviews with mother-songwriters exploring their practices and experiences.
Matrescence is a developmental life passage, which produces: ‘…dramatic changes in the new mother’s physical being, in her emotional life, in her status within the group, even in her own female identity’ (Raphael, 1973).
I argue that songwriting can be used as a tool to facilitate the re-imagining of a mother and as a way to explore all aspects of motherhood, therefore, fostering a more positive transition through matrescence.
Music Video: I Didn’t Think
Album: Can’t Seem to Move On