But I Can’t See Ya, Sia

Most of you have probably heard of or seen listened to an Australian singer/songwriter by the name of Sia. She’s a very successful songwriter who has written songs, for and with, people like Christina Aquilera, Rhianna, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Lea Michele and Mary J Blige, among others. She has also toured and performed on a number of television shows, including a recent appearance on The Voice.
However the thing that sets Sia apart from other people who decide to tour or perform live, is that she doesn’t want anyone to see her face. So she either wears a wig that covers all but her lips or she sings with her back to the audience.

Like this…..images-4

Or this……..images-1And she gives
interviews like this….images-3Or with a bag covering her face, which is how she appears on the cover of Billboard Magazine.

At first I thought this was pretty cool. It’s a quirky thing to do but it does get your attention so from a publicity position people will definitely be talking about you and listening to your music.

But quite honestly, after five minutes the novelty wore off and it got old for me. I even started getting a little annoyed.

Now, I think people should be allowed to market themselves any way they like, regardless of how it makes them appear to me or anyone else.  Hell, I don’t care if you walk down the street with a bag over your head or a wig covering your face. It’s your life and you can live it any way you choose as long as you’re not hurting anyone or invading my space.

Just please don’t be a hypocrite.

The reasons Sia gives for not wanting to show her face in public is because she claims that becoming a celebrity is her worst nightmare and she doesn’t want to sell her soul, body and peace of mind for fame.  Hey, I’m all on board with that philosophy. You want to stay in the background anonymously and write music in the comfort of your room while you lay around with your dogs? I wish you all the peace and success in the world. Fame and success can be difficult, at time.

images-2I’m just a little confused about why you’re looking to retain ownership of your body and soul, and then decide to go on tour. I’m also skeptical about why you feel being a celebrity is your worst nightmare and then appear on Ellen and The Voice, among other national shows.  Did you believe your exposure on tour and national television would lessen after those appearances?
You also said you’re not going to tour anymore but when you do perform you’ll do it with your back to the audience. HUH? Now, I’m really stumped. Are you going to tour or not going to tour? Is performing different from touring if you travel to different locations and sing in front of live audiences? Is it just me that thinks you’re speaking out of both sides of your exposed lips?

Oh, I forgot to mention. In 2014, Sia was ranked as the 97th richest Australian under the age of 40. Now, I’m not a genius but I’m guessing some of that money came from those tours where she refused to look at her audience while she sang.  Some people call that disrespect. Some might call it quirkiness. Some might even call it brilliant. Hey, she’s probably laughing on her way to the bank and can care less how this all sounds or what people think. Good for her.

I don’t know what it is with some artists today. Everything has to be an outlandish production that gets people talking the next day. Look, when you’re talented you don’t need props or twerks to get you headlines. A few years ago Adele took the stage at the Grammy’s in a simple black dress with four backup singers and six or seven band members. She stood in front of an audience of her peers and didn’t move at all as she sang.

And she burned the house down. Standing O. Take a look……

When you have talent,you don’t need anything else to make it work.

See ya, Sia.

14 thoughts on “But I Can’t See Ya, Sia

    1. George Post author

      Well, she’s already forty so that ship has sailed. Maybe when she takes the bag off her head/the bob off her head/turns around, she’ll see things more clearly. If not, she’ll be a wealthy quirky person. Lord knows there are enough of them to go around.

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  1. Dale

    Gimmicks are just that: weird and different ways to gain attention. She’s being a hypocrite about the whole thing by saying that is not what she is searching for!

    Hey Lady Gaga is beyond weird but when it comes down to the nitty-gritty, the woman has a helluva voice. Even I have to admit it (I just don’t have to watch her perform.) Maybe her time with Tony Bennett is going to show her that she doesn’t need all that fluff. Then again, it is what she does. At least she doesn’t pretend not to be what she is. One must respect that.

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    1. George Post author

      I was amazed when I heard lady Gaga sing with Tony Bennett. And then I heard her sing those times from The Sound of Music and was again surprised. That lady can sing the phone book and make it sound good.

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  2. mikeytbull

    I’m with you regarding the gimmick thing. True artists really don’t need it – it’s all about the song. Sia is just dong a Gaga! It’s outlandish attention seeking to ensure the maximum controversy – a bit like we are doing right here! From what I’ve heard from her so far, she needs the gimmicks. Gaga’s songs are brilliant – with or without the gimmicks. I’m not sure I can say that about Sia. She’s playing the game. She wouldn’t expose herself as an artist on tour, interviews and TV shows if it was just about songwriting and recording for her or for others. It’s definitely hypocritical. Sorry Sia!

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  3. A.PROMPTreply

    George, I hadn’t heard of this Sia before but I must agree with you….either be a celebrity or go home, either give a concert, or don’t, but don’t act like you’re so special that no one is allowed to gander upon your face. How strange some of these people are today! Quirkiness doesn’t even seem enough to describe this almost narcissistic need some of them need to have to draw such attention to themselves in strange ways.

    Am definitely with you….if you have talent, you’ll burn the house down!

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  4. Mindy

    I love Sia, and I get why she might not want to show her face; however, at a concert? Come on. COME ON. If I paid money to see something, I’d like to see it… although, I guess if she performs well, I could get over it.

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    1. George Post author

      I think she has talent as a songwriter and on occasion as a performer. Not the best voice I’ve heard but she has a style, which describes the greater population of talent these days. But I would have a problem with any level of talent that turned their back on me while performing in concert. I think it’s disrespectful to the audience that paid to SEE you perform. That goes beyond quirky for me. Could you really sit through a two hour concert and just stare at her back the whole time without getting annoyed? Really?….:)
      And if you want a certain lifestyle, which I respect, than why perform in the first pace? It doesn’t make sense. If all she wanted to be was a songwriter no one would ever recognize her.
      But I am curious…you said that you get why she might not want to show her face. Why do you think that is?
      This should be good.😀

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      1. Mindy

        All very good points! I get why she might not want to show her face if she wanted to keep some privacy for herself. For example, if she were walking around town or just going about her daily life. The concert part, I don’t really get and can’t really defend her on haha

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