“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” -Elvis Costello
So I’ve been sitting here for a long time trying to channel my inner Rolling Stones reporter and write something cognizant about the music from my friend Kendra Lou’s new album, but here I am listening to it for inspiration and I’m so swept away that all I can write is:
OMG you guys. You HAVE to listen to my friend Kendra’s music!
I want to tell you about the crispness of her voice, and how it makes you feel clean when you listen to it- calm, like the glassy lid of a pond before it catches a rock- the diversity of the tracks, the rawness of the lyrics. But let’s face it, I’m not a music writer, and the best way I can put it is:
OMG YOU GUYS! You HAVE to listen to this!!! It’s like Peggy Lee and Portishead in Motown! It’s weird and fun and beautiful and UNIQUE!
I could continue to list adjectives that won’t do it justice, or you could listen for yourself: www.kendralou.com.
What’s more interesting to me, however, is where all this music comes from. Kendra is a creative powerhouse with many incredible gifts.
I met Kendra when I first moved here, through her roommate Daniel. They moved here from Denmark together not too long ago, and having them in my life is one of the best things about living in NYC. First of all, I love to be around people who are proud to share in their culture and traditions, but it’s also hard to find people who are really listening. Kendra is a healer. I leave the coffee shop and feel like I can do it- whatever “it” happens to mean that day- and this quality of hers, well, I have to assume it’s the foundation of her artistic life, and what drives her to create REALLY GOOD SHIT. Because it’s not just for her- it’s for us too. Sometimes I feel like that is missing from a performer.
Whether it’s music, theatre or the written word, Kendra always has something new to share with us, and it comes from a part of her that longs to use these talents for the good of humanity.
She states it better in her hilarious and charming IndieGoGo video. You can click here to fund her campaign.