Making a Scene Presents an interview with Mehuman
Folk Hop For Hip Folk, is the signature sound coined by singer/songwriter Mehuman (PRON. “May-mon”), and it resonates with authenticity and integrity throughout her music. Mehuman’s personal narrative is fraught with love, joy, loss and sorrow. From the vantage point of her most recent release. “Beautiful Ashes, her perspective is further entwined by the thematic threads of redemption and restoration Beautiful Ashes” is a collection of twelve vignettes produced by Darren Elder (The Halo Studio, Maine), with origins in Folk, Rock Jazz, and Old Time Gospel music. Whether joyfully exuberant, or belligerently grave, each track is inhabited with a rocking “blueness”, like a new mother’s comforting sway. The songs are transparent and the highlights of Mehuman’s earnest search for reconciliation, revival, and perhaps, relief? For certain, “Beautiful Ashes” is a love offering a spiritual truce that embraces forgiveness while awaiting true peace.
Mehuman’s colorfully storied pilgrimage towards the emotional monuments of shelter and security resounds with preternatural determination in “My Home Is On The Water,” “Only Angels”, and “Beauty In The Ashes.” Essentially they are declarations of her faith in the powers of, “The Divine”, to heal and restore what is ugly and broken within each of us. “Beautiful Ashes, is aptly named for the kind of scarred loveliness, Wabi-Sabi, (A Japanese concept for “finding beauty in imperfections, impermanence, and the incomplete”), or the ashen remains left after a purifying fire. “Beautiful Ashes” is bittersweet with the nostalgia of “The Winding Road”, “Ticket” and “China Will Jump. Through restorative grooves and keening melodies, Mehuman audibly navigates a map of passions, not fit for the faint of heart. She is complicated, problematic, distinctive and real. She has lived a life of both grace and regret. At times, Mehuman is a kaiju, a dangerous “strange beast. She’s an ambush predator or Femme Fatale Mantis growling out “Heavyweight” or “Black & Blue”. Then murmuring oaths through the melancholy dream-lens of This Side of Heaven,” “High-Wire, and “Tremble” Mehuman deftly turns her guileless and tender gaze towards her “beloved”,
As a global citizen Mebumian continues to forge onward as an artist and producer having toured mach of the world whole Acaing will trafted songs of solace Each song by their mierit, are responses to the universal desires for acceptance and longing to belang Anticipating a 2022 release and prescribed as a musical medicinal with each hopeful reframe “And So was chosen for a Spotify compilation, pre COVID 19 as a reflection of Mehuman’s fulfilled and failed espectations in life and love. With a life journey as vitirant as her music, Mehuman, a former Arista Recond’s artist and multi award-winning SESAC songwriter has shared stages with Norah Jones. Rufus Wainwright, Sheila E Luka Bloom, Laura Nyro, Nona Hendryx, Amelia White. Jimmy Gnecco (Ours). Ani Difranco, The Verve. Becca Dean Biggs, Ruthie Foster, King Kyoti, C-Love Koko Taylor, Laurie Jones, and many more. With each release. (most notable and Killing Cain, “Angel”, Mehuman has skillfully transformed devastating moments into hopeful appeals that resonate with diverse cultures and generations. “Quietly amassing an array of stunning collaborations, including co-producing with Darren Elder, Laurie Jones formidable recording. “Dark Horse and composing the score and choreography for a contemporary production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, for Maine’s acclaimed black box. Heartwood Theater Mehuman has earned other accolades, including NYC’s Songwriters’ Hall of Fame Award, Best R&B Singer, Detroit City Rock Awards for Best Rock and Roll Band (Urban Voodoo Juice) and Best Americana Roots Band, (Roothox), and reigning as the first national Steve Madden Rock ‘N Sole Songwriting Champion in NYC
Surprisingly introverted. Mehuman is most comfortable in the wings cheering on other artists than performing herself prefer performing in intimate little listening rooms where one can hear every word and the listeners responses to the music. It is so much more conversational,” Mehuman confided “One” silver lining of the these troubled times has been the increase in access to more opportunities around the world through technology, says Mehuman, “I have formed legitimate friendships, new musical alliances and joined virtual communities nationally and internationally from the comfort of home. Mehuman recently launched a weekly livestream broadcast. Wish I Wrote It! The show supplies the demand for collaborative adventures, fresh entertainment, and musical hijinks while featuring the coveted songs of Mehuman’s favorite contemporary songwriting peers: Tm often inspired by other songwriters, and it is important to me to acknowledge and share my appreciation for their work in “Eulogies For The Living Mehuman says of her muses. “When someone touches my life with their music. I want them to pow (while they are still alive to hear it) that they have influenced and impacted my life with their artistry. I want them to know that their music makes a difference and matters, especially in this uncertain times. Regarding Mehuman’s own prolific efforts, she confesses. I’m still processing what I’ve seen, heard, learned and unlearned during this season of global grief, upset, resilience and innovation. I feel very much like a rising phoenix, shedding the charred things that no longer serve me or no longer reflect how I want to occur in this world. So, I am allowing new songs to find me.” Mehuman smiled. “I write daily but without forcing anything. Then, I breath and quiet myself to actively wait to receive whatever a song has to offer me and others,” says Mehuman, “and sometimes it is nothing and sometimes it is a windfall!” “Either way. I have write and wait for clarity. So, Is there another record on the horizon for Mehuman in 2022? Absolutely.” Mehuman assures her fans with a bright and confidence. Until then listeners, you may feast on Mehuman’s latest release-the impassioned and lovely-the utterly raw.
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