INTERVIEW: Laura Scarborough
Hi Laura, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Excellent thank you.
Can you talk to us more about your latest song “Reflection”?
The album is entitled Reflection and yes there is a song on the album as well called Reflection.
The album release is the first in my second adult life. Meaning, I haven’t had a formal release of my own material in a long time (15+ years). I’ve created a book that accompanies the album that gives insight into the album itself and me.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Reflection was originally entitled Mirrorism — inspired by the thought / concept that we humans are mirrors of one another. We reflect each other. I wanted to compose a piece that also musically represented this mirroring pattern. The song uses with a musical motif that is a counterpoint / mirrored pattern of whole tone steps on the keyboard.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
The first single is Silence. And yes.
Why did you name the album after this track in particular?
Because it felt right. This album comes after a long time of me musically supporting the work of other musicians. I took the side musician route because it was easier, more musically social, and fun. This collection of work needed to be set free as it’s a true reflection of me.
Why did you decide to release this new material now?
Because I’m ready. A lot of it is older and reflects a younger me. Writing the book about the music has deepened my acceptance and understanding of it and myself.
What’s the story behind the title?
In general Reflection is Memory & Acceptance grown into White Light.
Reflecting helps one arrive to the Now.
How was the recording and writing process?
Long going. Silence was written close to 10 years ago.I thought it was strong enough as a song that it shouldn’t be forgotten. The album was recorded over the last 3-4 years. I’m always writing songs – but not necessarily sharing them. I have a section in the book that discusses the suffocation of art. This is when you pick at songs to death and don’t set them free.
What role does Texas play in your music?
I have musical family here in Austin. The caliber of musicianship is off the chart and most musicians here are kind and accessible.
However, I’ve always felt like a fish out of water in Texas (musically speaking).
I have little interest in blues, country, folk, or “Texas music” (whatever that means).
I respect it, but I prefer music that’s less formatted & predictable. I like modern sounds, psychedelic vibe, and music out of the box.
What aspect of life and loss and did you get to explore on this record? By reflecting on my experiences, struggles, questions, I was able to arrive a deeper acceptance of the human condition. My life is simply a mirror of beliefs and choices. There’s no perfection in this world, yet we can choose how we look at things and how we spend our time. There’s opportunity and love everywhere when we choose to see it.
Any plans to hit the road?
I hope so! I’m developing a one woman show with laptop / looping. I feel empowered in this set up because it’s simple and tourable. As much as I love playing with musicians and in bands, I recognize this is an affordable way to tour.
What else is happening next in Laura Scarborough’s world?
The album/book release June 8 (my birthday!) at the Townsend here in Austin, TX.
I’m also touring with my amazing afro-disko-psych band Golden Dawn Arkestra to the southeast and to Europe this summer. I feel blessed to live as a musical adventurer and am excited for the path ahead. It’s never too late to set art free.
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