#wcw Kendra Lou

“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.

 

 

i eat mop who

Lately I’ve been into this knock knock joke where you get people to say “I eat mop who.”

That’s all I have to say about that.

Did I tell you that I filmed an episode of “I Love You… But I Lied” for the Lifetime Movie Network? Probably not. When things feel like a big deal, I tend to keep it to myself for fear that the opportunity will go away. I am superstitious like that. It’s genetic.

I auditioned for 5 episodes, I believe, but most of them were before I started taking Anthony Abeson’s class, which has transformed the way I find the character and prep for an audition. The show is improvised, so there were no lines to memorize, which helped me because I spent more time fleshing out the life of the character, rather than simply memorizing lines and trying to fit the character into the spaces between them.

All this helped for the actual shoot too, as we had a very challenging and emotional scene to shoot at the end of the day, which is something I’ve never done before. Anthony’s class has helped me find choices to make to “stay in it,” which helped me banish bad actor thoughts from my mind while the shot was being set up and I was pacing like a lion, telling myself I couldn’t do and what if I failed?…

So we’ll see how it turns out when it airs sometime early next year.

In other news, the Annoyance has decided to stop having the house teams perform on Thursday nights, which is a great idea because it will allow the theatre to be more inclusive. So goodbye weekly performance opportunity! I feel good about this though, because focusing on improv for the past few years has helped me develop a lot of great skills, and it’s time for me to move on to the next challenge.

The other reason not to be bummed about the loss of the Thursday night show: I will still have the opportunity to get my creative yah yahs out on stage because the Magdalene Sisters Musical got a run at the Annoyance! Friday nights at 8, starting in January. We’re still working on the script and the music and we’re all really fucking excited.

Okay tata I did it I wrote a post even though it’s a solid B- but it’s my blog so I do what I want.