Joyce described her first full-length album Breaking and Entering, released in 2020, as a personal consideration of having an acquired disability, and used her lyrics rather than directly. described as metaphorical.
new album, “perspective,” Born out of a project she started in 2019 after Judith Hughmann, a well-known disability rights activist who Joyce considers a mentor, challenged Joyce to speak openly about her disability. He said it creates more stigma when people don’t talk about their disability because they are worried about stigma.
“After all these years, I can say that I don’t care what people think, but I was afraid they would think so. [the emphasis on disability studies] It came out suddenly compared to the previous work.
“‘Perspective’ presents a more intimate view of disability,” said Joyce. So she presents people’s voices and perspectives directly, rather than the external narratives of others.
She has also received rave reviews for this latest work and from her UVA professors.
Ted Coffey, who chairs the music department and also works on computer technology, describes her work as “very well thought out in terms of instruments and other media resources, technical means and emotional character.” She constructs spaces for others to hear, see, and feel.”
JoVia Armstrong, her faculty advisor, said: Throughout our conversation, Molly took me deep into the lens of what it means to be disabled and how that means differently to different people.
“Her music is also very engaging,” said Armstrong, an assistant professor who joined the music department this year. “The focus seems to be on the words of people with disabilities about what disability means. increase.
“Her work ethic sets her apart as a student with very strong goals. She’s very determined,” said Armstrong. “She’s really at the top of her game.”