Kendra Muecke is a singer/songwriter, guitarist and poet performing as a solo act under the name “Kendra & the Bunnies”. Based in Los Angeles and born in Houston, Texas, her mission is to bring about peaceful gathering of community through song, voice, and action. Kendra combines music, spoken word, theatrical staging, and healing ritual to transport the audience into a mystical-surrender of now. Under the self-titled genre of “Native Americana’ that chants from the valley of Folk and Rock”, Kendra aims to bring the listener into thinking about where the roots of folk-americana were founded. With her new album “of Vinyl” out now, Kendra Muecke is the one to watch!
Featured on the album “of Vinyl” is a piece of musical brilliance titled “Figure 8”. Modern with a hint of melancholy, Kendra keeps us captivated through her descriptive lyricism and intense acoustics. The lyricism and emotion behind her words is captivating throughout the single “Figure 8” and I’d love to know the inspiration behind this track. Kendra is a skilled and established songwriter, I love when artists are able to convey vulnerability and emotion through music. Kendra has the finely-tuned talent of writing music that her fans can relate and vibe to. I highly recommend you check out this single and many of her others that have launched her in the music industry in an impressive way. As a vocalist, Kendra is gifted beyond her years and we can’t get enough! She’s earned her success and we’re excited to see how much further this rising start will go.
Check out “Figure 8” here and read more below in our exclusive interview!
Hi Kendra! Can you tell us more about yourself and what inspires you to write music?
Hi! Thanks so much for inviting me to interview with Buzz Music! Being an artist is really groovy! It is truly, truly magical to spend each day crafting creative projects that are in line with a higher purpose. That is how I start my day and, overall, the reason to my rhyme. I have always been a big picture, big dreamer, hit a home-run every time type of person. I believe in the power of collective effort and peaceful thinking. Some would call it idealism, but it is in that idealism that I discover my own joy for life. I am a person who actively seeks out compassion. I go where the wind blows to plant seeds of healing. In every fiber of my bones, I believe and project for a day that brings about “World Peace”. That is what inspires me, moments of shared understanding.
Can you describe your stage presence and live performance?
I’d love to! My stage presence is founded in 3 main vibes: Healing, Theatre, and 1960s & ‘70s Rock ’n Roll. With my singer-songwriter act, Kendra & the Bunnies, I combine music, spoken word, theatrical staging, and healing ritual to transport the audience into a mystical-surrender of now. Throughout my day to day life, I focus on keeping my thoughts precise and on track. I trim the fat away from things I have no business in sifting through. This precision of being allows me to open a shared conscious space during performance. The music I am singing becomes a soundtrack for that higher purpose I shared about earlier. Every single moment of our lives is drenched in meaning, camaraderie, and wisdom. I aim to create a space where listeners can experience this spark. My most recent music video for the track, "World Peace a Thing", really showcases all this mumbo-jumbo. Y'all can watch it on my YouTube channel!
"Figure 8” is a great song! Can you tell us the meaning behind it?
Thank You! “Figure 8” has a lot of meaning behind it. So much meaning, that it will take a few chapters to discuss; I am actually currently in the process of writing a novel/memoir of my life for this very reason and more. The overhead theme of this song, “Figure 8”, is a story of two lovers traveling together. The song goes between their perspectives. While one is on stage, the other is admiring and cheering them on from the backstage wings and vice-versa. “He ain’t no good boy. He just wanna tour with me. Wonder where we are? We’re in the country making memories.” It’s also a slightly dreamy and fantastical song. As you can hear on the bridge, it’s written from the state of a vision. “Maybe, he’s a good one. Maybe, I’ll never know.” It’s because the lovers in this story haven’t actually met each other yet. Let’s be honest, it’s totally about me; someday, I want to tour the country with my musical counterpart, but will I ever find him? “Maybe, I’ll never know…” There is also the essence of Woodstock and the Grateful Dead in there. So, in the last verse and refrain of “Figure 8”, I imagine a camera panning out from the lovers’ perspective over to the crowd. That is where the lyrics, “Everybody was dancing, dancing in the street”, come in. We see everybody dancing and having a real groovy time. “Figure 8” is also a reference to a ribbon microphone. Wink, wink to my fellow musicians.
What challenges did you face when writing this single and how did you overcome them?
During the songwriting process, “Figure 8” flowed through me. I think art, music, poetry, and acting are all perfect when presented exactly as they are poised to be. I bunker down into the energy of a piece of art and live there while interacting with it. This is me giving myself fully to the process. I let a song and poem show me where it wants to go. I stay apt to this way of thinking by practicing meditation, writing, and my instrument everyday.
What makes you so passionate about music and how do you continue to feed that passion?
The music brings me alive. It is in sonic reverence that I come face to face with who I am. As The Dead sing in their song “Throwing Stones”, “The kids they dance. They shake their bones.” It is through the family of the jam-band community and its accompanying scene that I find and feed this passion. It’s about the live music, baby!