Wednesday, May 17, 2017

“ALIGNING STARS BECOME UBIQUITOUS FOR EMMELINE”

Emmeline Selected as a Finalist in the Top Ten
for 2017 Wildflower! Performing Songwriter Contest 

“HIGH SCHOOL NEVER ENDS WITH BOWLING FOR SOUP”

Bowling For Soup - Headlining Sat, May 20, 2017
at the 25th Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival
Guest contributor: Maggie Hunter

On March 5, 2011, the crew of Space Shuttle Discovery received their requested wake up call to the tune of the song “Ohio,” better known as “Come Back to Texas.” The song title will be coming true this weekend.  The Wichita Falls-native band, Bowling For Soup, will take the State Farm Plaza Stage at 8:45 p.m. at the 25th Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival in Richardson.

“THE MUSE OF THE MOMENT - MIKE LAUREANNO”

1.  Where is the best place to experience songwriting utopia?

A place that serves you a fine vintage bottle of Bordeaux. Just kidding. I have enjoyed writing just about everywhere... from locations and climates that were glamorous to downright hideous. The vista is not as important as the muse of the moment.

2.  How did you select the songs for the Wildflower contest and are they based on any memories or experiences?

For contests, I usually select recent songs I have written. Most songwriters will tell you that they are excited about the latest song they have written, so I guess I am no different.  The songs I submitted to Wildflower were all from my latest album "Tightrope" which was released in February 2017. "Brother Leonard" is a tribute to Leonard Cohen who passed away in November 2016. He was a massive influence and inspiration to my songwriting over the years and his death was a shock. "Tightrope" was another song I submitted and it deals with the famous French high wire walker, Philippe Petit, and his famous walk for peace across the Ben Hinnom valley in Jerusalem in 1987.