Greetings, friends! Welcome to our new series Talking the Talk. In each interview, we ask a Lady Brain Collective members to talk the talk about the personal, professional and creative walks they walk. We'll chat about their passions and pursuits, entrepreneurship efforts, and more. We hope you'll follow along and discover your next favorite artist! First up, an interview with author, poet, teacher, and songwriter Susan Lipson. In addition to curating, hosting, and performing at this month's community gathering entitled “A Way With Words," Lipson will also be facilitating an optional creative writing activity for all attendees. Read on to learn more about this kind, creative soul.
LB: Tell us a little bit about yourself. How is creativity at work in your life and/or career?
SL: As I’ve stated on my website, I work at “inspiring awe for words and awesome writing.” In addition to teaching creative writing lessons and workshops for over 20 years in San Diego County, and doing occasional freelance editorial work for other authors and agent-clients, I regularly write poetry and poetic prose for kids, teens, and adults. I have published three books (one children’s novel, one instructional text for teachers of writing and their students, and one poetry book), and have edited and coached many more works into print as a freelance editor and former literary agent. Although I have composed dozens of songs, I have never mastered music theory or played any instrument well, and yet a few of my spiritual songs have found their way into synagogue and interfaith music programs in which I have sung them as a soloist, sometimes backed by a choir. I also write two blogs, “Writing Memorable Words” and “Writing for Students and Teachers.” As a mom, I poured my own creativity directly onto my three kids, now all in their 20’s, all multi-talented creative artists in LA.
LB: What made you want to be a part of the Lady Brain Collective?
SL: I attended the Lady Brain Festival last summer and felt the tangible supportiveness for fellow artists in the air, even as I felt blown away by all the talented women striving together to fill hearts with their music. I then decided to lend my voice to Lindsay White's group recording of “Let Love Lead the Way,” and even brought one of my singer daughters to sing with us, too. That joyful experience made me want to become more involved. Unlike other professional artist groups I have joined, I detected no competition among these women, and no wariness of my enthusiasm for supporting my fellow artists. I may be older than many Lady Brains, but I have a forever-young spirit, and I hope to deepen my connections with other Lady Brain artists through attending more events in the future.
LB: You've performed at a community gathering before, but this time you are also hosting and were involved in the planning of the showcase. Thank you for contributing so much to the collective! For those unfamiliar with community gatherings, how would you describe them and why should people attend on November 17?
SL: I am thrilled to host a community gathering, which enables artists to share their passion-powered works with new audiences, in intimate settings, and to broaden their fan bases by personally connecting with people whom they might never have met without their fellow Lady Brain connections.
LB: What new releases or projects are you currently working on? Where can people find more information?
SL: I recently published a book of poetry, Disillusions of Grandeur—and Other Eye-Openers, which I have been reading from at poetry open mic nights in the past month since the book arrived. The book is available exclusively from Amazon, or from me personally (for an autographed copy), and I promise that you need not be a poetry scholar or even a regular poetry reader or a to connect with my poems. I write poetic words to move you, not impress or confuse you. I also maintain an active poetic presence on my Instagram, @susanllipson, often pairing my poetry-evoking photos with short poems or poetic thoughts. Please buy my book and follow my poetic meanderings online!
Thanks to Jim Jones and for inviting Lady Brain Collective founder Lindsay White to be a part of his series, the Kinship Cafe. Check out the 4:15 mark to listen to Lindsay chat about the origins of the collective, and move to the 18:00 mark to discover all the ways we are working together to create supportive physical and digital spaces for womxn-identifying creatives in San Diego. Watch the full episode below, and please consider contributing to Kinship Cafe's Patreon campaign if you'd like to support the series!
Welcome to this month's Brain Candy - here are our picks for the greatest gigs/events happening around town this month!
Saturday, November 2 - Tori Roze at Vanguard Culture's “Future" Themed Event
An avant-garde “Future" themed costume-filled evening of world class spoken word, live music, dance performances, visual art, wine, craft cocktails, and delicious edible treats! This quarterly Spoken Word Series is themed around moments in the history of art, fashion, science, music, pop culture, and more. Partnered with presentations and performances by the FLEET Science Center, UCSD Neuropathy Research, CityFX special effects makeup, Veteran Couture, Chef Daniela de la Puente, Psychic Artist Crystal Daigle, photographer Josue Castro, and renowned spoken word artist Gill Sotu - this night promises to be thoroughly engaging and inspiring. The event is 7-10pm @ IDEA1 (899 Park Blvd 92101, use F St. entrance). Tickets are $25 for industry professionals (show your business card at the door) and $40 general admission - friends get a 25% off discount with code TORI. Avant-garde “Future" themed costumes encouraged (steam punk, etc.). More info
Sunday, November 3 - Gratitude: A soulsong.life Transformative Songwriting Workshop with Astra Kelly at Gypsy Magic in Talmadge
Experience growth, healing and connection through music by tapping into the creative source. As a group, we will explore the theme of gratitude in depth and write a song together that reflects our shared experiences. No musical experience required. 2-5p, $75. Advance registration required. More info/Register
Sunday, November 17 - Lady Brain Presents: A Way With Words Interactive Storytelling Showcase
Join members of the Lady Brain Collective for an interactive storytelling showcase featuring poetry, prose, music, and art. After the showcase, author/poet Susan Lipson will facilitate an optional creative writing exercise for all attendees. Light lunch will be provided. Space is limited - please register online to reserve your seat. More info
Friday, November 22 - Julia Sage and The Bad Hombres at Bar Pink
Start your weekend party early! Have a nice drink while listening to some SouthAmericana™. Julia Sage and The Bad Hombres hit the Bar Pink stage at 7pm! More info
Saturday, November 23 - The Spiritual Motels Album Launch Party at The Merrow, with Lindsay White and the Becca Jay Band
Bring all your friends and experience a Lady Brain-tastic extravaganza of an evening with the launch of the debut album from The Spiritual Motels, a band which deeply values and actively supports the life of the Lady Brain Collective (and includes LB member Amy Day). The evening will include full band performances by Lindsay White (with Jules Stewart) and the Becca Jay Band (which includes Mikayla Beaulieu and Paige Miller), and both Jules and Becca will be sitting in on various songs in The Spiritual Motels' set. And there will be a singalong for all! You can also find the album everywhere that same day, or pre-order it on iTunes beginning Nov. 8. The show begins at 9pm. Tickets $7 adv/ $10 door, 21+. More info
We had a great workshop last night! Special thanks to Karina Frost Moreno for hosting us and to Marti Amado Corr from Amado Music for speaking to the group on the topic of music licensing. We learned so much about production music companies.
Marti shared some advice for songwriters on how to partner with producers and break into the world of writing for production music, plus she also gave some tips for backing musicians on how to go about finding session work with local producers.
Thank you to our workshop sponsors for helping us continue to offer awesome and affordable educational resources for our members! If you'd like to help us with this mission, please consider becoming a sponsor!
We're excited to announce our next community gathering! On November 17, we invite you to join us for a storytelling showcase featuring lyrics, poetry, and prose from several members of the Lady Brain Collective, including Lizzie Wann, Lillian Lefranc, Becca Jay, Lisa Brackmann, Abby Dorsey, Mary Hamer, Bonnie Nicholls, Lindsay White, and Susan Lipson. Our exhibiting artist will be new Lady Brain member Amanda Lea - her work is unreal! In addition to the showcase, we will be offering an (optional) creative writing activity for all attendees, facilitated by our host Susan Lipson. The event will take place at a private residence in Poway, and seating is limited, so make sure to RSVP as soon as possible to reserve your space!
Thanks to all who came out to Lestat's last night to enjoy original music from Rebekkah Darling, Karyn Ann, and Julia Sage. It was lovely seeing Lady Brain Members in the audience supporting their sisters - that's the whole goal of this group! Listening rooms are a wonderful way to experience original music from local and touring acts - it was such a treat to hear these artists in such an intimate setting.
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Thanks to Robonzo for doing this special episode of The Unstarving Musician podcast to help promote our October Community Gathering. Check out his interview with Portland-based touring artist Karyn Ann, who will be performing at the upcoming showcase alongside Lady Brain Collective members Rebekkah Darling and Julia Sage.
Happy fall, friends! We hope you're enjoying this sweet spot between summer and holiday craziness. If you find some time to get out into the world and enjoy live art/music, please consider adding one of the below events to your calendar!
Saturday, October 5 - Lizzie Wann at BookBar in Denver, CO
Support Lady Brain member Lizzie Wann in Colorado (or pass this invite along your Denver friends)! Enjoy an afternoon of wine and poetry with Happy Hour mingling starting at 4:30pm followed by a reading at 5:30pm. Co-featured with Jared Smith. No Cover. More info
Wednesday, October 9 - Rebekkah Darling, Karyn Ann, and Julia Sage at Lestat's in San Diego
Join us at the legendary Lestat’s West for Listening Room Night, featuring original songwriting from local Lady Brain Collective members Rebekkah Darling and SDMA-nominated Julia Sage, along with nationally touring artist Karyn Ann from Portland, OR. More info
Saturday, October 19 - Rockshop: Note To Self at Cinematic Arts & Sound in Oceanside
Rock n'Roll Camp for Girls SD proudly presents our first ever day-long workshop! Over the course of 1 day, participants will write original lyrics, collaborate with professional musicians, and explore themes of self-expression and identity. Open to girls 12-17 years old. Email email@example.com for more info
Saturday, October 19 - Calamity plays the Borrego Springs Desert Fest
Join the Calamity gals in the desert 5-7pm no cover, lots of fun for the entire family! More info
Saturday, October 19 - Rock The March Benefit Concert in El Cajon
Women's March San Diego presents an evening of music with several Lady Brain Members on the lineup, including premier activist band The Resizters who are releasing their new CD Upload Democracy (filled with all the resistance music you love), and special guests Veronica May, Lisa Sanders and Lindsay White, Best Singer Songwriter 2018 San Diego Music Awards! More info
Friday, October 25th - Julia Sage and The Bad Hombres at Grand Ole BBQ Flinn Springs
Start your weekend right by enjoying some delicious food and drinks and listening to the crooning of Julia Sage and The Bad Hombres' serenading you and your family from 5pm to 8pm on an early Friday evening. No cover. All ages venue. More info
We had a feeling last night's community gathering would be pretty special, and we were right! Special thanks to Marlo Smith and Barbara Rutherford for doing all the heavy lifting (as well as our host Buck). And a shout-out to Mr. Moto Pizza for donating pizza so food proceeds could go toward the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We're so grateful to all of our artists, musicians, and community members for coming together in this space to share art and be vulnerable around the topics of death and dying. Grief is such a universal experience, but it's all too often experienced in solitude. We hope events like this can help make it easier to connect with each other and foster more compassion in our community.
photo credit: Darci Fontenot
On Wednesday, October 9, Lady Brain Presents will host their monthly community gathering at the legendary Lestat’s West listening room (3343 Adams Ave San Diego, CA 92116). This month’s showcase will feature original songwriting from local Lady Brain Collective members Rebekkah Darling and SDMA-nominated Julia Sage, as well as nationally touring artist Karyn Ann. The all ages event begins at 8pm, and cover is $10 at the door. More info
Lady Brain Presents organizer Lindsay White shared her thoughts on the importance of supporting and preserving the listening room experience:
“It’s a little jarring how we have all become so accustomed to drifting off into the mindless glow of virtual existence. Listening room concerts are a wonderful way for the community to reconnect and engage with local artists and the businesses who showcase them. These spaces are so healing, and these artists are so worthy of the community’s full attention.”
About the Musicians
Rebekkah Darling: Accompanied by Paul Tillery on upright bass and backing vocals, Rebekkah Darling plays primarily original blues, pop, and jazz tunes with a fun-loving ukulele twist.
Karyn Ann: This Portland, OR-based nationally touring artist draws comparisons to Bonnie Raitt, Carole King, Adele, and Brandi Carlile. Notable appearances include the legendary Bitter End in NYC, and the Women’s Redrock Music Festival alongside Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls.
Julia Sage: Recently nominated for the Best New Artist SDMA alongside her band The Bad Hombres, Julia Sage inspires fans around the world with honest songwriting, raw performances, and distinct South Americana style.
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