22-year-old Laura Lucas is an up and coming folk singer-songwriter from Winnipeg, Canada that has just recently released her first single “Poetry”. Laura is also a poet, something that shines through in her lyrics and adds another layer of creativity to her songs. She works with producer Garrett Kato to turn her poems and melodies into works of art that can be appreciated by all. “Moon Dream” is Laura Lucas’ latest release, an acoustic folk song that leaves you feeling light and airy after a first listen.
Her voice is soft and sweet, dancing between notes and complimenting the acoustics. She is accompanied by light guitar and piano, helping guide her voice to the next note but not overpowering the lyrics. The melody is simple yet captivating, sounding almost solemn in contrast to her serene voice. “Moon Dream” is the type of song that makes you close your eyes and take in the music, bringing you an appreciation for stripped-down, beautiful songs that accentuate the vocals of the artist. The song truly emulates the flowing, stories, and images created in our minds as we dream, and Laura takes us through a dream about the moon and the power that it holds. She sings about wanting to surrender to its beauty, in a touching song you’ll want to listen to.
Listen to “Moon Dream” by Laura Lucas here.
Welcome to BuzzMusic Laura Lucas! “Moon Dream” is filled with beautiful metaphors and lyrics, we truly enjoyed listening to this one! Did you base this track on a real dream you had? Where do you usually draw inspiration for your songs and poems?
Thanks for having me! I’m glad you enjoyed it. Yes, the song is based on an actual dream I had a couple of years ago. It was one of those super-intense dreams that almost feels real and then you can’t stop thinking about it throughout the day. That doesn’t happen to me often, though. For me, writing is a way to reflect and to understand myself more, so I often find inspiration from my own life experiences and my relationships with other people.
It’s safe to say that some of the most impact a song can have is through the lyrics. Being heavily involved with poetry, do you usually start songs as poems? At what point does a melody usually come to you?
Moon Dream was actually the first time I tried writing a song by starting with a poem I had already written. It’s not something I do too often, but I’m definitely trying to connect the two approaches to writing a bit more. I agree that lyrics are often the most impactful part of a song, and so I think starting with a poem lets you choose your words more carefully since you’re not focussing on melody just yet. But I often just begin with a simple chord progression, and then play around with melodies and add lyrics last. So it really depends, there are so many ways to go about it!
You mentioned that you spent a year in Australia in 2019, and from here your love of music was reignited. What experiences did you share there that shifted your focus to this new chapter in your life?
Living in Melbourne was a transformative experience for me in many ways. It is such a creative city and I had so many opportunities to go to live shows and discover new music. I also spent some time in Byron Bay and got to experience the busking culture over there. It was neat to see so many people playing their music in the street and to come across so many talented artists that I wouldn’t have known about otherwise. It seems like Australians really celebrate Australian music and support local artists and I think that’s really cool. It just felt like a really welcoming music community, like there is room for everyone to tell their stories. So I thought maybe I could tell mine too.
What sort of music did you listen to as you were growing up? Who would you say is your biggest inspiration musically?
My music taste has always been pretty diverse. Growing up I would listen to music with my parents a lot. Most of my memories are of the blues and a lot of Johnny Cash. But then I also grew up on Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, so I’ve listened to my fair share of pop. When I started to really explore music on my own as a teenager, I fell in love with some of the older stuff like Leonard Cohen, Jim Croce, and Bob Dylan. I’ve always admired artists who are poets before they are singers, and those are the kinds of artists who really inspire me and who I look up to as a songwriter.