Kendra Muecke is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, poet and published novelist performing under the act name of Kendra & the Bunnies. Based in Los Angeles, her mission is to bring about peaceful gathering of community through song. Kendra’s sound is composed with the musical notes of singing, spoken word, guitar, rooted within the blend of Folk-Americana and New-School Blues. There’s a lot of storytelling prevalent in the creation and continuation within her music, exemplifying the roots of her our own musical stylings over the generations.
Founded on the notion of waking up within one’s own dreams, “Silent Sleeper” is a tale of bringing the peaceful bliss of desired reality out from the mind into the shared experience of day-to-day life. Throughout the journey of the single, Kendra & the Bunnies transports us into a trance-like musical experience. Like the sound of a music box that spins and spins and spins, we find ourselves in that fantastical place where mystical spirit revels. To follow one’s pursuits, to take manifestations by the hand, to set intention within the dream-world, to wake one’s self into the re-invigoration of life. “Silent Sleeper” reminds you where your soul’s song lives within your own dreams.
We get to talk with the singer-songwriter about her new single and what else is in stores!
Hi Kendra, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thanks so much for inviting me to interview today! I am very well! I have been writing a lot of music, lyrics, and chord progressions. It’s cool, because several of these songs are influenced by a wide span of genres. For instance, a song I recently wrote called “Slippers” has a Primus feel. Another song I wrote about New York City has A Tribe Called Quest and Grateful Dead influences. There are also pop and Celtic folk muses coming through. I’m all about the unique variations!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Silent Sleeper”?
“Silent Sleeper” lands somewhere between ambient anthem and loving lullaby. It was written about that state between dreaming and waking, where the participant feels paralyzed. An angel comes to defend the sleeper and coax them into an awaken state of consciousness. It is influenced by the 1970’s song “Dreamweaver”, The Beatle’s “Let it Be”, and “Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I went through a metaphorically similar event in my life. I was going through a phase of immense spiritual development in 2015 to 2016. I felt so alive and, yet, so concealed. Moving fast, but walking slow. Active and, at the same time, latent. My very good friend, Alisa Fedele, who the angel in the song is modeled after, was there for me during that time of my life. I feel that having a steady friend there during this transformation of self was formative and necessary.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Definitely! I have already scouted various locations in the San Diego, CA area to film the video. The concept has to do with a ballet dancer in a music box. She comes alive with the music, yet what happens when the box is closed? Does she still move around? The video will be released with Vevo.
How was the recording and writing process?
I wrote the lyrics to this song in 2017 in one take on my iPhone memos. Inspiration struck, I responded. The chord progression came about later, as I was deciding how the vibe of the song wanted to be. For this track, I played the acoustic guitar and sang vocals. I asked my friend, Matt Dolan, to guest as lead electric guitar on the track. We know each other from the Independent Artist Program at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA.
What role does LA play in your music?
Los Angeles plays a big role in my music! As far as rock ‘n roll goes, there is so much history here. The fact that I get to play at places like the infamous Viper Room on Sunset Boulevard kind-of blows my mind. I think as I am on stage, “This is the same town were The Doors got their start… I am getting my start in the same town as The Doors.” I am very into the energy of places. I like to feel it, move with it, and expand. I also love LA, as it is a town of creatives. We are the dreamers, shakers, and movie-makers.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
YES! I have actually completely written my next two albums and am currently composing songs for the release to follow these! The album that “Silent Sleeper” is from is a full length release titled “of Thank You”. It is a western-rock ode to our country and the freedom of what was here before… It brings about the discussion of “What are we founded on?” Then comes the full length album “of Consideration”. This is where those Tribe Called Quest and Grateful Dead influences come in. “of Consideration” melds together 1970’s and 1990’s elements. Stay tuned for the next single from “of Thank You” in the next few months or so. Also, stay tuned for a live performance release of a couple songs from my North Hollywood show in January 2020.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
“of Thank You” – full length album containing single, “Silent Sleeper”
(tentative release date – June 2020)
“of Consideration” – full length 1970’s/1990’s album
(tentative release date – late 2020)
“Requiem for a Night Sky” Tracks Live from North Hollywood, CA
(tentative release date – next couple months)
Any plans to hit the road?
Kendra & the Bunnies has a bunch of upcoming tour dates. I will be performing in Portland, Denver, and Pennsylvania in February 2020. Southern California, San Francisco and NorCal area in March, April, and May 2020. Texas in June 2020. Full list of dates and venues available on my website, linked below.
What else is happening next in Kendra & The Bunnies’ world?
Magickal compiling of my third book of poetry, and I am currently writing a novel-memoir. Collaborations with other artists. Sharing the message of caring! Performing. Stay up to date with everything Kendra Muecke/Kendra & the Bunnies on my website [https://kendraelisabethmuecke.com]. Peace!