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Laryssa Birdseye Finds Common Ground and Unites Us in a Song

Laryssa Birdseye is unstoppable. In September she released “So What?”, her brilliant debut full length album. In December two days before Christmas she released an inspired new song, “Can’t Cry on Christmas”, and music video. Then on Feb 14 she released another new song and music video, “Save Us From Us.” It was an unplanned coincidence that “Save Us From Us” was released on the same day as the Parkland, Florida school shooting. She had actually written the song more than a year prior, as a response to the 2016 election, and had planned to release the video as a Valentine’s Day love song to all of us. The song and music video have ended up being symbolic as the whole country mourns the loss of 17 people and engages in a debate over the right to own automatic rifles. Great art reflects the world we live in, as this song does.

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Laryssa’s lyrics and her own thoughtful description of the song best convey what this song is about and what it means to her.

The world looks darker today, what a strange sky.
It’s nothing we’ve not seen before, another day another headline
So listen up now, and hear who’s to blame, or who to fear, or who to kill, or who to hate this time around, and we grow full on information. Lies are tainted, laced with malice and we’ve fallen to the ground. We’ve fallen down.
So where do we go from here? How do we change?
In a heart filled with fear, what still remains?
Maybe I’m not sure right now. Maybe it’s enough.
Maybe it’s cliche to say, but maybe it could be love.
Maybe it could save us from us.
Give a man a dollar
Give another man a billion
Teach a man to be a scholar
Teach another man to kill, and
We end up with a mess that we cannot contain
We’ve been tricked into thinking we are not the same
So where do we go from here? How do we change?
In a heart filled with fear, what still remains?
Maybe I’m not sure right now. Maybe it’s enough.
Maybe it’s cliche to say, but maybe it could be love.
Maybe it could save us from us.
You are not my enemy
You are not my enemy
You are not my enemy
And I am not yours
Maybe I’m not sure right now. Maybe it’s enough.
Maybe it’s cliche to say, but maybe it could be love.
Maybe I’m not sure right now. Maybe it’s enough.
Maybe it’s cliche to say, but maybe it could be love.
Maybe it could save us from us
From us, from us, from us
Save us from us
Save us from us

“I wrote Save Us From Us around January of 2017. After the stress and fatigue of a long election year gone terribly awry (or perfectly predictably, depending on who you asked), I was tired. It seemed like every day you heard a story of another person of color gunned down in the streets by the police, another muslim immigrant getting beaten or bullied because of their culture and religion, or another woman having to fight her hardest to bring her rapist/abuser to justice, all while getting torn down in the public eye for being too flirtatious, too drunk, too anything. It also seemed like the place I lived in, this political bubble that Portland can often be, was truly not immune to what the rest of the country was experiencing. I began to realize that Portland is not the haven that I had once thought it was. This country has some real issues. If one group does not have justice, then none of us have justice, none of us have peace. I began writing this song as something more politically overt, I wanted to truly rage against what I thought was unjust, but then something happened. I had felt so hopeless about the world, about the situation we have found ourselves in, that I realized I could not contribute more to that message. The chorus just came out of me, in a shy way, as I realized that I am truly hopeful about the future. Is love the answer to all of our problems? Not in any practical sense of how to fix racial/gender/socioeconomic disparities in this country. I truly think it’s about redistribution of wealth and radical reform in our education system so we know what this country was founded on. Not this narrative we get served in public school, but the REAL history of this nation. We have to rip the bandaid off and look deep at that wound in order to figure out how to heal it. But I do think that radical love, radical understanding and radical compassion is necessary in order to bridge these gaps that divide us. I understand my place in this country as a white woman; that I benefit from many privileges given to me merely by my skin color. I want so much to spend my life using that privilege for good, in any meaningful way possible. It is my aspiration as a songwriter, as a musician, and as a person to speak out about injustice, to be the best ally that I can be, and to listen. I think, at the very essence of it, we are all people that want love, that want to be understood, and that want to be safe. That is what unites us. It is up to all of us to ensure that we are all given the same opportunities, that we fight for what is right, and not to react, or hate out of fear. Fear divides. Love unites. I know it all sounds cliche in a song, but that’s all I have figured out at this point.” -Laryssa Birdseye

Catch Laryssa’s residency at Al’s Den during the week of March 4-10 and at the Old Church on March 15. She is amazing to hear live and makes the world a better place. Keep up with her upcoming events on fb and her website.

Laryssa Birdseye Makes the World a Better Place

Laryssa Birdseye might be Portland’s most compelling singer-songwriter. Last weekend at Kelly’s Olympian she and her all-star band delivered a memorable performance that reflected their natural connection with each other and with the audience. Laryssa’s voice was brilliant, but her keen sense of awareness, introspection, sense of humor, and sincerity were what made the show even more special.

Between songs she talked about her recent breakup, proclaiming that she has no luck in love, which is ironic given her incredible talent, intelligence, and warmth. She also talked about the topic of suicide- saying something that seems obvious, but is never talked about- that everyone on this planet has probably contemplated suicide at one point in time or another. In another truly intimate moment, she talked about a recent audition and the struggles of being an artist, and then debuted a brand new song called “Famous”.


Laryssa Birdseye debuting “Famous” with Agyei Marshall on guitar, Sean Kenny on drums, and Matt Brewster on bass.

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Laryssa Birdseye and her band make the world a better place. Learn more about her on Portland Notes and listen to her new album on Bandcamp, Spotify, etc. Check out Layrssa’s website and follow her on Facebook. Her next gig is at the Local Celebrity on Dec 6.

Laryssa Birdseye’s Debut Album is Better than Perfect

The production, songwriting, and singing on Laryssa Birdseye’s debut album, “So What?” rival any major label release. It’s incredible that this kind of talent exists right here in Portland.

Birdseye’s musical style hints of two of her influences, Adele and Amy Winehouse. Her songs tell honest stories about co-dependence, self-doubt, breaking free from addictions, and her journey to self-acceptance. Like her influences, Laryssa lives her life with passion, and it shows in her unguarded songwriting and singing. On this album she gives it her all. “Loser“ and “Done For” are standout R&B tunes. “Haunt” is a highlight for its spare authenticity and tenderness. “All of You” is a great example of Laryssa’s vocal suppleness and lofty highs.

Laryssa has been singing ever since she can remember, and has been writing songs since she was 13. Her early singing background included musicals and choir, but where she really began to blossom and feel free was in college in gospel choir. She found the ability to let emotions fly, rather than control everything perfectly. She learned to to let loose and go after the song.

She met producer, Jeanot Lewis-Rolland, two years ago by chance when a friend’s band needed a fill-in back-up singer. His production includes playing acoustic and electric guitar, bass, piano, strings, synthesizers, marimba, mandolin, and drum programming- which is a testament to Jeanot’s ability to know exactly how to make each song shine. Laryssa says that “he had such a clear vision with the songs, and it took us 2 years to stop being perfectionists and just release it.”

Several of her songs have explicit lyrics. Laryssa explains that she started writing these songs before ever considering that they would be shared with the public. She says “I say what I mean in exactly the way I mean to say it.”

The music video for the opening track “Loser” depicts a complex alter ego with several dimensions. The last track, “So What”, wraps the album up with a final acceptance of self. This album has depth from beginning to end. Learn more about Laryssa in a candid personal interview with Vortex magazine. Listen to her entire album on Bandcamp, Spotify, etc. Check out Layrssa’s website and follow her on Facebook. Her next gig is at the White Eagle on Oct 23.

The Intriguing Laryssa Birdseye at McMenamins’ Al’s Den with Will Kinky on February 16

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Yes! It’s her real name! Yes – she’s coming up with all sorts of fun puns for her new band name, “Birdseye Blind” being the one that made me laugh the hardest…Laryssa is a character you cannot help but love. She’s bright, funny, hopeful, and introspective. She has a sexy, smoky singing voice that comes across as intensely emotional. When talking, Laryssa is genuinely sharing energy with her audience, laughing and telling stories that naturally draw people in to listen more closely.

Laryssa-Birdseye-at-Als-Den-on-02-16-16-01I met Laryssa at a bowling party last year – she was so energetic and hopeful about the music community in Portland – looking forward to making connections and being part of building a spirit of cooperation and support system for local artists. Her positivity and enthusiasm led to her being an emcee at last November’s Mogo Music Festival, where she helped to introduce many outstanding local bands, such as Redcast, Bart Hafeman, Haley Johnsen, Mosby, Jordan Harris, Harper, Emotitron, Goldfoot, Berahmand, and ADDverse Effects on the Star Theater stage.

Laryssa-Birdseye-at-Als-Den-on-02-16-16-02Laryssa has been performing around town lately – and I was lucky to catch her at Valentine’s last week. Heather Hanson, host of Portland Radio Project’s “The Bus Stop” and creator of Super Groovy Cosmic Bus Entertainment, put together a fun, light-hearted bill of artists including Improv Logic, Matt Varga, and Craig Irby, Jr. Laryssa closed out the night with some beautifully moving covers and striking originals with her new band. Vincent Jaime of ADDverse Effects and Matt Brewster, formerly of Ancient Sol, are great additions to Laryssa’s guitar and vocals. The resulting sound is full, warm, and inviting. Click on the link to listen.

Laryssa-Birdseye-at-Als-Den-on-02-16-16-03Following is an interview with Laryssa Birdseye – you can catch her next at Plew’s Brews on Saturday, February 13, and at McMenamin’s Al’s Den on Tuesday, February 16, where she will be a guest of resident Will Kinky! Great opportunity to meet Will and Laryssa, as the venue is intimate and they have nowhere to hide! 7-10 PM, FREE show!


Is your band new? How long have you been together?

I’ve been writing songs for nearly ten years now, and have finally gotten around to putting them in the public eye. Both Vincent Jaime (of Addverse Effects) and Matt Brewster (formerly of Ancient Sol) are good friends of mine, and we just came together a few months ago to add additional layers to my music. They’re a great team to work with, and I’m really enjoying where we’re taking these songs.

What projects are you currently working on?

Currently, I’m working on a single with Randal Wyatt of speaker minds–something I’m very excited about, as I really admire him as an artist and as a leader in the Portland music community.

Most excitingly, I’m working with the multi-talented, badass human of a producer, Jeanot Rolland, on my first record ever. It’s a culmination of ten years of writing, and we’ve just finished up the demo. I can’t wait to show the world what we’ve been working on. I’m lucky enough to work with him, and I would highly recommend him to other artists looking for a solid producer.

What are your goals this year – musically or personally?

My goals this year include getting this record out, putting out videos, focusing on the music above all, and to keep grinding at what it is I love most in this world. Music is such a terrific unifier. I hope to impact people with my music in a positive way. I just want to reach out and touch some hearts and souls.