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If you’ve ever been to a poetry reading, or perhaps an open-mic night, this performance captures the best parts of both. Part Self is a story told through five parts about the journeys, experiences and choices we make through our lives. Adelyn Bell conveys these monologues and songs through heartfelt readings and hauntingly beautiful vocals. If you enjoy the music of St. Vincent, you may find a similar feel here. I too felt the struggles and emotions that were being told throughout her story. The musical accompaniment was very well done and played with the lyrics quite well, but I did find myself so caught up in the smooth beats and music ques at times, that I did not register the story being told around them. An overall very well executed and personal performance that left the audience feeling the same powerful emotions and endearing parting words that the performer clearly felt as well.
submitted by: Paul Verlaine, PF23 Independent Review Team
Adelyn Bell invites us to pull up a chair, sit comfortably, and bare witness to the deepest parts of her. While her performance is both heartbreaking and hopeful, there is a profound intimacy in sharing space with her. Her piece felt like deeply comforting nostalgia. I found myself crying the kind of cathartic tears that come from experiencing a sense of grief and gratitude when looking back on struggle. Adelyn brought me back to a time in my young adult life when I felt untethered and unseen, grasping for purpose, connection, and answers. She told my story and I am certain this piece will resonate with many.
submitted by: Lindsey Jade Higgins, PF23 Independent Review Team