Cleopatra

About my Life

The power just went off in my building for no apparent reason. It probably has nothing to do with Cleopatra, but I think the timing is interesting…

So, if you’ve been following me closely, you may have noticed I signed to a modeling agency for a short time. I have since cancelled the contract, because they charged me a marketing fee at sign up and promised with no guarantee that I would get work to pay off said fee within 6 months. It was only refundable for one month, so I cancelled the contract in that time to avoid having an extra $500 in debt. They managed to get me one casting for modeling firemen safety equipment, but I didn’t hear back and I wasn’t about to just take that fee without any work coming my way.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a very big modeling scene in Boston and most models have to go to NYC in order to get regular castings. I was advised that it wasn’t possible to get full-time work and that being here, I should think of modeling more as a hobby than a job. I also had this, not so cool, exclusive modeling clause that meant I wasn’t allowed to model with anyone, other than roles they find for me. It was limiting and I turned down some offers because of it.

I’m a bit disappointed, but I guess it was good experience. I overcame my fear of auditioning in a really profound way during the fire safety casting, that I feel has made me a stronger person. I’m still going to be modeling on instagram and have photographer friends that would like to work with me, but my chances of making money in modeling are pretty low as things are now. Regardless, I am going to model for One Gig in the next week or so and hope that there will be more opportunities, even though I am independent in everything Sage Suede.

About Cleopatra

This song is about Cleopatra VII Philopator, commonly just called Cleopatra. I touch on a few things about her, like the ambiguity surrounding her death. Some theorize she committed suicide with a poisonous snake, while others believe she was murdered. I don’t claim to know and speak more about how she is a strong queen that led her people in the song.

The song is a bit saucy (sexy) and I also mention a popular story about Cleopatra, when she seduced Julius Caesar. She was wrapped up in a rug, which was unrolled in front of the emperor. In the song, I say “to win the war I’ll use the heat.” this is a reference to how Cleopatra used her sexuality to gain strategic alliances with Caesar and later, Mark Antony after Caeser’s death. This allowed for Egypt to have a position of strength and she was regarded by many to be a pharaoh. “Caesar himself was content with Cleopatra ruling Egypt as the two of them found in each other the same kind of stratagem and intelligence, bonding them together with a mutual respect.” When meeting Mark Antony, she took the awesome approach of dressing as Aphrodite, also called Venus, goddess of love.

I was really interested in Ancient Egypt as a child and still find it fascinating today. Cleopatra was clearly pretty cool and she did a lot for the people of Egypt and maintained the nation’s sovereignty through a period of war. This was my mom’s favorite song on the album DIAMONDBACK and I am planning to make more tracks in a similar style. My performance and rock vocals have improved a lot since the release and there is great stuff to come!

Cleopatra – snake queen lyrics

Did she ask the snake to bite her?
Cleopatra Cleopatra
Fighting just to keep her lover
Cleopatra Cleopatra
A superwoman leads with grace
Hard to die and still save face
Lovers are the loneliest
Cleopatra Cleopatra

Sphinxed me at the break of day
sands of time I won’t forget
made a vow I read in fire
with oh, so subtle
chills regret
watch me with her evil eye
kept my soul from running wild
naked in my favorite rug
smelled like the Nile lilies of love

Did she ask the snake to bite her?
Cleopatra Cleopatra
Fighting just to keep her lover
Cleopatra Cleopatra
A superwoman leads with grace
Hard to die and still save face
Lovers are the loneliest
Cleopatra Cleopatra

And once I wake
I’ll make the same mistakes
just one more day
for me to fake

Take me, use me
don’t abuse me
sandstorms are my remedy
stash, preserve the inner me
dark clouds say what I can’t speak
into the passion of my dreams
got to ration all of me
to win the war, I’ll use the heat

Did she ask the snake to bite her?
Cleopatra Cleopatra
Fighting just to keep her lover
Cleopatra Cleopatra
A superwoman leads with grace
Hard to die and still save face
Lovers are the loneliest
Cleopatra Cleopatra

Kiss your sexy venom lips
Cleopatra Cleopatra
fangs to wrist you leave me limp
Cleopatra Cleopatra
one more day is too insane
conquering all over again
wish I had a way to numb the pain
look at my eyes and tell me no again

I am the sand and I will blow away
you can’t keep controlling me

Thanks for listening! 

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