Interview: Kendra & The Bunnies
Need some relief to the summertime heat? Check out the latest video by KENDRA & THE BUNNIES and get in a “WORLD PEACE A THING” state of mind.
Tell us about this new single, World Peace a Thing!
I’d love to! “World Peace a Thing” was a song I wrote originally as a freestyle. I was standing in my kitchen, back when I lived in Denver in 2017, and thought, I’ve got something to record. I wrote this song off the top of my head onto my iPhone’s voice memos. The song rallies as a chant that sings for better days. There is a place for peace within each and every one of us. I believe it begins in our hearts. It expands to our minds, our thoughts, and our actions. This song brings attention to the day-to-day ridiculousness of common societal struggles. What are we fighting for? What are we not fighting for?
The video definitely does look peaceful! How did the concept arise?
The concept arose from a knowing that this piece of art wanted to be placed in nature. Nature is the root from which we spring. I, myself, am a mountain gal. I feel such strength when up on the earth’s rocks. It adds a dimension of this idea: if the earth is wise to grow plants, form mountains, create space for wildlife, then we as a society can reflect that and bring about hope in our community. Follow the way of growth, walk towards those things that grow you, play in the sun, dance with spirit and freedom. This is where the lyrical movement medicine of dancing comes into the video. As a healing exercise, I like to just get up and move my bones around to where they feel they want to go. It relieves pain to mirror the freedom of letting things fall into place.
Where do you find writing inspiration?
Writing inspiration for me comes from things that move my gut into action. Those moments where my mind is like, “I am not privy to letting this go, so either get obsessive on the subject or get to writing.” It is a way for me to script my place into that particular environment while also contributing to it. The inspiration for “World Peace a Thing” is a combination of years of centering my mission statement on the possibility of world peace, the delusion of violence portrayed in the media, and in recognizing each other’s similarities over our differences.
Who have been your strongest role models in the industry?
I look up to those who have walked this path before me, because it shows me that we start from the same place. With hard-work, focus, and dedication, we get where we set our sights to go. A strong role model of mine for public outreach is the sister-duo, Rising Appalachia. They carry the message of sustainability and center their values on current situations relevant to our community. One of their causes that resonates with me is the ‘Slow Music Movement’. It is an effort to create sustainable touring practices. This includes bringing local outreach to each event, reducing single-use waste at venues, and bringing musicians back to the medium of storytelling over the glitz and glam approach of stardom.
When did you know this would be your career path?
There were flashes of this path for me throughout my adolescence. I knew singing would always be a big part of my life beginning as a youngster. I was first introduced to singing through musical theatre at age 4. The theatre is great for singing, because it’s about belting out a good song that carries story; I can really sail my boat to that. Then when I was introduced to rock ’n roll in my teen years, that was when the train-wheels really started moving. I thought to myself, “Wow! I can sing songs with just as much emotion and vigor as in the musical theatre, but to an unbridled audience of misfits over soul-shaking guitar!” What a thought. I was starting to write poetry during those teen years too. I like the emotion that performing brings out of me. Last night, I played a show in Hollywood and got a chance to talk to some people in the audience after. One person mentioned, “There is so much emotion behind your music. I could really see you feeling up there.”
Where can we catch a live show soon?
I have about 10 performances coming up; I’ll mention three notable shows. One is a spoken word performance in Brooklyn, NY at the Hell Phone on Wednesday, October 2nd. The second is a live recording session at Leesta Vall Sound Recordings also in Brooklyn on Thursday, October 3rd. Third is a songwriters showcase at Kulak’s Woodshed in North Hollywood on Tuesday, November 12th. You can find a list of all my upcoming shows on my website linked below.
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If you want to get to know more about me & stay in touch with my upcoming albums, books, & other projects, I recommend following me on Instagram. I am @Kenbunny (https://www.instagram.com/kenbunny). Also, My website has all relevant information, show dates, and offerings: https://kendraelisabethmuecke.com
To watch the “World Peace a Thing” music video and other performances of mine, you can visit my youtube channel here: http://youtube.com/user/thepoliticsofkendra
My debut album, “of Vinyl” is streaming on all platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, SoundCloud & more.
You can find links to each platform here: https://songwhip.com/artist/kendra-and-the-bunnies
If you’d like to support the recording of my upcoming EP, check out the books and albums I currently have for purchase here:
Thank you Kendra & the Bunnies
Thanks for having me!
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