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INTERVIEW: Lisa Marie Ellingsen

Hi Lisa, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Great! So glad winter is ending!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Rodeo of Broken Dreams”?

Rodeo of Broken Dreams is a great rock’roll song. I tried to get a southern rock vibe going with the electric guitars playing off one another.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I play in a group called the Woman Songwriter Collective. I used the women in the group as my muses. I pretended I was in love with them but they reject me. It has also taken on a second meaning, of these women being in the world with their own dreams but being “thrown to the ground again”. These women following their music dreams and having varying levels of success. No matter what your goal in life is, you will face setbacks and failures, the most successful people have. And if you are a rodeo person, you are guaranteed to land your ass flat on the ground it is only a matter of time! It is all about getting back up again in this life. I think the sound of the song speaks to that toughness and resilience that we need in this life.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

The ideas I have had for a video for this song are too elaborate and expensive. If I did do a video for this song it would probably be pretty low key, like the band playing. I have other songs that might be more conducive to a video.

The single comes off your new album Nola to Noho – what’s the story behind the title?

I started playing my own originals live when I moved to New Orleans from my hometown San Diego. People who live in New Orleans call it Nola (New Orleans, Loiusiana). I moved to Northampton, MA where people call it Noho for short. Both places have nicknames that start in NO, are 4 letters, and end in a vowel so I just thought that was kind of cool. Also, it is a combination of songs I wrote while living in New Orleans and songs written in Northampton.

How was the recording and writing process?

Writing for this song came pretty quickly and easily. Sometimes songs need to go through a lot of editing/reworking but this one was pretty straightforward. What can I say I had good muses to work from! The recording of this song was so fun! I really like how my guitar solo and the producer’s guitar solo (Anand Nayak) play off each other. It is just so rock’n’roll.

What role does Lucinda Williams and Kathleen Edwards in your music?

I love their lyrics. They convey common topics in new and interesting ways as far as lyrics go. Their recordings have integrity to them, nothing icky going on like orchestral violins or modern country synthesizers. They got taste!

The record also features some covers by other great artists – did you handpick them or how was the selection process like?

No covers on this album, maybe you are thinking of an older album by a blues band I had. All originals on this one.

Where did you find the inspiration for the original songs?

A lot of inspiration is from my personal life. When I listen to music that is new to me I am often inspired to write. Sometimes I am just going about my daily business and words and music drop into my head. There are songs about emotional struggle, political apathy, bad breakups, seeking God, encouraging myself and others to go out and have fun. And I wrote an untrue true crime song which I just wanted to do. My own Pancho and Lefty kind of thing. I also put an instrumental, Akumal,  on the album to display that side of my talent.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, I would like to play throughout the Northeast to promote the record. Going down to Nola would be fun too! I miss it there.

What else is happening next in Lisa Marie Ellingsen’s world?

Gotta walk the chihuahua every day. He rules the house with an iron paw.

Stream “Rodeo of Broken Dreams” here:

https://soundcloud.com/user-458505865/rodeo-of-broken-dreams-1

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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