Still from Stephanie Meyers' LOCKJAW video

Stephanie Meyers releases “LOCKJAW” video

VCFA graduate Stephanie Meyers (Aug ’16) has released the video and single for her new song “LOCKJAW”. The song weaves a message of consent and resistance. The sparse, but striking, video echoes those themes. It invites the viewer to ponder objectification, shame, repression, and solidarity.

Meyers is a singularly powerful creative force, a singer-songwriter with an eye for striking chord changes and lush orchestration. During her time at VCFA she honed her righteous fury into an increasingly perfect gem. Her ear for gorgeous melody funnels that fury into slick earworms that stay with you forever.

Rose Chirillo directed the video, and the song includes credits for fellow VCFA alumi Bradley Turner and Max Johnson.

You can purchase the song (as well as Meyers’ 2015 album “Debussey in Vegas”) at her Bandcamp.

VCFA Music Composition student Bunny Beck

Bunny Beck Featured on Podcast

Sandi Klein’s “Conversations with Creative Women” podcast hasfeatured VCFA student Bunny Beck in her July 3rd episode. The conversation covered Bunny’s musical background, and the way her career as a music teacher and jazz artist sort of snuck up on her, despite music being a constant thread in her life.

The self-described “sound junkie” and composer talks about her winding path to music. While music was always a part of her life, she journeyed from teaching to several types of counseling work before settling into a musical career. (When she finally started making that transition from psychotherapist to performer, as she bought a piano for her office and started jamming in her off-hours with a local bassist and sax player.)

She also talks about things that have helped her along the way – The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, a gig in a restaurant that got her noticed by an entertainment company, and her work at VCFA.

Beck’s conversation is a fantastic insight both into the winding path to success, but also the nuts and bolts of trying to make a living as a freelance musician. Her work in recording, her self-described “background musician” gigs at parties, and her composition work all combine into a career. Like any artistic career, it involves a lot of hustle.

To hear the full conversation (as well as a piece or two of Beck’s) you can listen to the full podcast here.