documenting vocal & emotional changes in the first year of HRT. a musical chronicle of the highs & lows of chemical transition.
PEOPLE OF TUMBLR, HELLO THERE!
I’m Quentin Henry Hedwig Ainur Took. Bit of a mouthful. Call me Quen.
If I know you in person, then I’ve already screamed excitedly at you about this. If not, then you should know that I’m starting hormone therapy in the next few weeks. This is obviously going to make me grumpier and spottier in the short-term (help!) then hairier and gruffer in the long-term.
Grumpy, spotty, and hairy are somewhat irrelevant, but a deeper voice is interesting. And terrifying. Singing is really fucking important to me, and I love it. Since I came out as transgender, and decided to chemically transition, the main reservation I’ve had with the physical changes has been the alterations to my voice.
But I realised that, however I end up sounding, I can make a really positive experience out of the way my body is evolving.
So, with my one-Quen band, Kissfriend, I’m planning to produce an album of songs, written and recorded across the first year of my transition, chronicling my changing vocals and documenting (lyrically) the highs and lows of my changing life. The last song on the album will contain pre-T vocals, and vocals after a year of hormone therapy.
I have a habit of sitting on projects until they feel ‘perfect’. This one can’t be perfect; by its very nature, it will be raw, and immediate, and intimate - the vocals will be, in all likelihood, rather patchy after my current voice begins to change, and before my (longed-for) DEEP BOOMING BARITONE comes through.
Transitioning is the biggest thing I’ve ever done, so I want this project to be EVEN FUCKING BIGGER. I want as many people as possible to hear this - I want to signal-boost it across the LGBTQ+ community (and beyond) and I want to look back on this year of my life and see it as the greatest, proudest time to be alive. I also want to be able to give something back to a community that has stood with me in solidarity during the darkest days of my life. This album is for all of us who have never been able to find our stories in books, films, television, and music.
This will not be perfect. This will not be polished. But I think it could be fucking revolutionary.
please help get this album off the ground. I really think this could be an exciting project. if you can’t back the project, please like, reblog, signal boost the fuck out of this. I’m excited and terrified. And I really want to make something beautiful out of my excitement and terror, and to tell a story that does not get told enough.
then you can ‘like’ my band, and see some covers of Billy Joel & The Smiths, to give you an idea of what the vocals will sound like.