Cecilia Brandolini is not ready to let the year end without releasing her most vulnerable song to date, ‘Abortion Cake’.
Amanda sings of throwing her friend an abortion party….She inspired me to throw my own.Cecilia Brandolini
“Musically this song is my simplest, but lyrically it might be the strangest,” said Brandolini. “This song is raw and to the point. It’s an insight into my relationship with a trans-woman and freedom of choice.”
In March this year Brandolini entered the COVID clinic concerned she had the virus, only to leave with the news that she was pregnant. Brandolini and her friends laughed about the whole thing but in her down time she didn’t find it so funny.
My girlfriend put a baby inside me / I don’t know why you’re laughing, the song begins. The likelihood of getting pregnant with a transgender woman (who takes estrogen and testosterone blockers) is akin to being on the contraceptive pill.
“I was worried for the both of us,” said Brandolini. “My brain and body were in hell and my girlfriend was experiencing guilt and gender dysphoria in an entirely new way.
“The track is a live recording of the first time I ever performed this song, played on a real grand piano at an incredible house concert in Fremantle. I was shit scared and my voice came through extremely shaky, but it seems appropriate, so I have left it that way.
“‘Abortion Cake’ is inspired by Amanda Palmer’s song, ‘Voicemail for Jill’, which is about how when you are expecting a child, friends might throw you a baby shower or a party, but when you have an abortion nobody celebrates you, no one’s going to bring you cake or shower you with flowers.
“Amanda sings of throwing her friend an abortion party,” said Brandolini. “She inspired me to throw my own.”
You can pre save ‘Abortion Cake’ here.
I’d love to invite you to join me for my abortion party.
There will be cake.
Saturday 19 December
3pm – 6pm at The Bird
181 Williams St, Northbridge
Evan Walsh + Grunge Barbie
Also available on the door
More information here.