A New Direction

A lot has changed for me in the past couple years, most notably that I am moving into a completely different career path. Right now I’m working in post on a film at Sony that I am thrilled to be a part of. The crew I’m working with are all smart, capable and kind people at the top of their professions and I’ve learned a lot from them so far.

Additionally, this job has afforded me some organized down-time in which I have been writing (a little music but mostly words). My interests have steered towards production management, with storytelling as a new hobby. I’ve decided this is a much healthier lifestyle for me where I am getting the human contact I need but without the emotionally exhausting cost of self-promotion.

I don’t expect anyone to follow this blog and sometimes I’ll write things that maybe I don’t want anyone to see. I’m working on a few projects of my own but have put my personal story on the front burner and I am finding it very difficult to write. Not because I don’t know what to say, but because I’m confronting things that I avoid thinking about on a regular basis. But I think if you want to write a compelling story that will also be a cathartic experience for yourself, then you need to get a little uncomfortable.

Eve Luckring: With What Tongue

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Eve Luckring in person, along with Madison Brookshire, Carmina Escobar, Sharon Kim, Aniela Perry, and Argenta Walther!

With What Tongue is a multi-media event presenting live music and the world premiere of Eve Luckring’s The Junicho Video-Renku Book, a series of videos based on a 17th century Japanese form of poetry.  As a conversation between visual, sonic, and verbal fields, the program breaks down boundaries between these categories and cross-fertilizes them. Elegant, raw, and humorous, these works encourage an active attentiveness as they combine into a time-based collage.

Tickets: $12 general admission; $7 students with valid ID

Tickets available in advance at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/258310

FREE for MOCA and Los Angeles Filmforum members; must present current membership card to claim free tickets

INFO 213/621-1745 or education@moca.org

 

 

Antoon Van Welie (Dutch artist, 1866-1956)  Holy Cecilia With LyreAfter 13 years of volunteering as a bass instructor at the Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls I have decided to go the extra mile and put together this event.

Rock Camp is a cause I’m deeply passionate about, because I discovered as a girl, music was a way to develop my voice, my sense of self, and carve a path through life that I can fully believe in. I want to share with you a brief but meaningful story about why this is so important to me.  When I was young, nothing like Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls existed. It was luck that led me to discover music as a healthy outlet. The process of learning about music and how to play an instrument dramatically transformed my life. At the time I started playing the bass, I was a high school drop-out who had left home to stay with friends. I had little direction, discipline, or self-respect. I was desperate to connect with other people but had no idea how. I lived this way for two years before I was drawn back to music, having only a bit of experience with the piano as a child, and later with what little music was left in the public schools I attended.

employeesOne summer, on my 15th birthday my mother purchased a used electric bass for me from a local music store. It was inexpensive and beat up and was covered in Jägermeister stickers and even a decal from a gas station restroom reminding employees to wash their hands before returning to work. It didn’t come with a case and so I quickly became known as this weird little street punk who walked around with a bass guitar slung across her back. I got all kinds of attention, which both I liked and didn’t like. To be truthful, I probably liked some of the negative attention I received for being a cute young girl with a bass, and recoiled at a lot of the attention I received that placed demands on me musically. Hindsight being 20/20, I can say now that I wish I had had a little more guidance then and a few better influences.

 Despite this, my appetite for learning was not satisfied in my urchin lifestyle and lead me back to school where I knew I would have access to more instruments, ensembles and peers who shared my interests. I went from street punk to band geek in the span of just a few months. In the span of just a few years I went from high school drop-out to Master of Fine Arts (I have a piece of paper that proves it)! While this is a truncated version of my story – I’ve left out many more hair-raising details about my many sordid adventures — the point remains clear; I found my passion despite what was stacked against me and I was lucky enough to be in an environment where I could run with it. This was all by the skin of my teeth. I would learn just after entering college that all of the music programs I was fortunate enough to have had access to as a teenager were being cut from public schools, along with other important life lines for at-risk kids like myself.  So this is why Rock Camp is so meaningful to me. I just knew I had to do something to keep more options open to kids like I me. Especially for girls, who even today are still steered away from doing things that make them loud, that make them occupy more space than they should occupy, and who are steered towards accepting whatever meager-to-tragic fate might await them through their own acquiescence. So many girls I see today don’t even realize that voicing their opinions and pursuing what they want in their lives is even an option.

If you are unable to attend the recital on July 8th at New Roads School, or would like to donate to the Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls additionally, please follow the link below. Remember to fill in the phrase “Chamber Music” in the Comments field. Your support is appreciated tremendously!

Donate to The Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls, Los Angeles

Buy Tickets

Additional Information:

Chamber Music for Rock Camp
Tuesday July 8th at 8:30 pm 
New Roads School
3131 Olympic Blvd,
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls, Los Angeles Summer Session
July 7th to July 12th
Showcase:
Saturday, July 12th
TBA

Rock Camp for Girls Featured Volunteer!

Hey, look guys! I’m a featured volunteer on the Rock and Roll Camp for Girls website! This is a very proud moment for me, I’ve been at this gig for years!

But seriously, if you haven’t participated by volunteering, donating or simply attending the end of camp showcase, you are missing out on a high dosage of inspiration delivered via excited and inspired kids. It is the highlight of my summer, for sure.