Millie Milner and The Passing Sages – live recording by The Creatives Movement

The Creatives Movement have been doing some sterling work producing podcasts and live music during these restrictive times. This weekend (ending Sunday evening) has seen another Creatives Movement you tube webcast featuring West Yorkshire’s Millie Milner and The Passing Sages.

As someone who has supported so many artists this year through watching their Instagram and Facebook podcasts the Creatives Movement offer a different experience. There’s no dips in feed quality and streaming problems as you might have with a live stream performance and certainly the quality in production is notable. For various reasons, this weekend has been busy for me and I’ve valued being able to return to the recording a few times.

Tickets for the show is £7, which is comparable to a live gig at the starter end, and it feels better as we really shouldn’t expect our entertainment for free.

Millie Milner is a performer who has grabbed my attention this year; she is an artist who really explores her world and produces such personal and heartfelt lyrics. Even better, she has a vocal which is as clear as a bell. This year Millie has really grown and developed her style, and where professionally she has embraced being a gay artist and reflecting that in her music. Here Millie performs versions of her songs (not shown as live recordings but with Millie wandering around an old graveyard), including my favourite track of hers so far, Troubled Mind. Millie wrote this song to sooth her stressed up girlfriend, but actually the lyrics have taken on the wider context of the pandemic, our immediate fears, and reminding us that all things must pass, and at some point things will feel much less uncertain and dire.

Millie also sings one of her favourite Christmas songs White Christmas, a tune she would usually perform on the streets at this time of year. Given we are perhaps apprehensive about how Christmas will go, any reminder of that special kind of year is welcome.

Following the songs and the personal introduction Millie provided to each of them, I appreciated the in depth interviews with Millie which not least really drilled down into Millie’s decision to bring queer artist into the musical equation. As Millie says, a lot of the boy-girl situations described in songs do not have resonance for her and countless others. So, she wanted to be the young voice that represented queer women in a way she didn’t have when she was growing up. Millie also spoke about her plans to prepare a 5 track EP showcasing the skills and talents of as many young people in music and production as possible, and with songs which explore the theme of growing up and gaining maturity.

While I can’t particularly speak as a musician, I can speak as a music writer and interviewer and I really appreciated the work that Creative Movements Mollie put into that interview piece, as she really drew out what Millie is about.

Following the interview with Millie, the main event is a performance from The Passing Sages. From the first track, Burning Up, the sound quality and performance shines through. The Passing Sages have a very accessible, dancey pop rock style which both complimented and added to Millie’s more folkish and more reflective and stripped back style. The Scottish band rocked through their set, and the end saw the band chatting to Mollie.

Again, the interview really drew more from the band with questions about them getting together, how lock down worked for them and finding out more about their new EP.

Overall, I really like the style of the Creatives Movement format; you really get a feel for the artist, the quality is great which I’m sure the performers also appreciate, and it’s very clear there’s a huge attention to detail in production and in making sure it all hangs together.

Next up for the Creatives Movement is a Christmas Special which will be able to be viewed just before Christmas with proceeds going to a charity which has a place in all our hearts this year, the music venues trust.

You can find out more about the Creatives Movement on their linktree.

Chris R

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