Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The official Visual for "Merry Me"

So this is my first single drop of 2018. Excited that I produced this song which was on the "Welcome to the Darkside" project released last year on Ratskin Records and the "Darker" album available for purchase in person and online at www.mayasmagicshop.com.

Gonna dive right into my feelings and thoughts about heterosexual marriage and the limits placed upon women with gender roles.

Submitting to a man and becoming subservient to a man in order to feel complete as a woman?

Where as you are absolutely not valued as a woman unless a man chooses to marry you? So I am less than a person because a man deems me unworthy of marriage? This is what we are teaching our future generations of girls today?

Now, totally since day one as coming to this earth with a vagina there has been this constant reminder of preparing myself to be accepted for a man to marry me. I emphasize as if it is some sorta fairytale of the perfect marriage where he is not going to cheat on me or beat me. Yeah you have read that correctly we all know how men can get. Well I want to smash that idea. So what if you never marry as a woman. So what if you don't stay in a bad relationship. Fuck marrying a man for likes on facebook or society roles.

I am asked so many times if I will marry a man. Even on my Grandmas death bed and I told her I Go by Maya Songbird now she rose up and said "Some one married you!" and I politelty said well I might be married to the stage grandma.

I just want to smash this idea with a baseball bat that marriage will make or break you as a woman.It is ok to remain Solo Dolo. Treat your self right. Hook up and ditch how many men you choose.Travel the world. Open a Tinder account across the globe. Break up with that man who keeps you as an option and limits you. Treat men how they treat you.

You don't have to be a married woman you can be a single lady. If your mom ask you when you will get married tell her you will marry your dildo.

Here goes Merry Me....The perfect unmarried manifesto. Shot and Edited by a married woman, Claire Staples. I will say I am not against marriage but I won't force a relationship with someone unworthy of my time. I love freedom and unconventionality. Would love to have a family on my terms. Nothing traditional and I never want to wash the dishes.

Monday, January 15, 2018

New Year, New Logo.

So here we are deeply and officially and fully immersed in 2018. With 350 days left to circle around the sun and already we might feel defeated. I hope we are all taking this as an opportunity to heal from the last few years as they have been really hard on all of us. I think we have to take the time to heal and find what works for us all to be happy.

I have taken on new things personally that I am excited to share them as they open and progress. This is the year where we are approaching Eight years full time as Maya Songbird so it is special to introduce new things showing growth and expansion. It has been a journey of expression that I never could have imagined. And here we are eight years later at the tender age of 35...Which is not to old as long as still can ride the groove. I am pleased to bring more excitement and expansion from my galaxy to yours. In hopes to inspire as usual.

I am happy to share this new logo that you might have slowly seen or taken a peek at last year.

So initially my good friend @LaurieShapiroArt (instagram) and www.looure.com, offered to make me into a painting.

It started out as a simple sketch...

Then it became a gigantic piece in Laurie's Studio...

Then the piece was featured in the San Jose Quilt Museum.

We both agreed that this would be dope as a logo and now we have the new logo.

And these awesome prints are available for sale soon at Maya's Magic Shop!

The original logo was created by Mike Dos in 2012.

And now here they are all together.

Thank you for reading. Thank you for sharing!

Maya Songbird's new logo is alive!

Monday, January 1, 2018

2017....in retrospect.

So I waited to be freshly out of 2017 to post this post. And to be quite honest I literally went in to like a hibernation from the world the last week of 2017.

We all expressed the burden that 2017 kinda was. It was like Good with Bad but for the first year ever in all of my life.. The bad was like a horror film. To be unbelieved.

Starting with kind of the abrupt ending of it all in 2016 when the Ghostship fire happened and I really just could not put the pieces together in my mind. I think mostly it was just the overwhelming idea of injustice. In the beginning of this year, I wrote a post about healing but I did not go into details about losing my friends in the Ghost Ship but it really hit home because I lost people who were soulfully connected to me.

This year has been a year of grieving. I honestly just travelled to try to cope with losing a lot this year. I lost my home of almost eight years due to gentrification in Oakland. It was a whole lot of pointless drama in 2017 and it has been pretty much pointless drama for like the last 6 years and I just think 2017 was when society really took it to the max. Maybe its because we got a new president that was not qualified to do the job which is an injustice to the people and a reminder of a planets consistent attempt to live in discordance. I think the universe obviously met the people with ok this what you will have and the world pretty much fell apart. But honestly how much longer can the world run on these bad ideas of Greed and Drama. Take in to context that the earth travels around the sun for us to have a full year. How can Earth be motivated to give us what we need when we take away so much of earths energy without the labor of rotating around the sun. I am just saying. If we don't become loving and grateful then it just might stop. Like fuck it. Dinosaur apocalypse part two.

I look at that... what they did to us when they displaced so many low income artist who had been living in the space since 2011 under very bad conditions that were not told to us because they just wanted our money and knowing we are beneath the financial bracket they could cheat us. They broke up my home right when my son started high school. That shit was fucked up and they did it so aggressively like menacing and bullying us to get out! They saw a chance to make lots of money off of a space. That was just our homes for many years. So yeah 2017 was rough to me on a level but I toured. An independent artist by the name of Maya Songbird toured the nations and Europe. Literally I was like constanly on the go. It felt like I was literally getting out of car to get on a boat to get on a bus to hop on a plane and then ride on a train. All over the place. That right there was a chance to literally expand and I thank Spray Tan Band, Sister Spit Tour, Dream Nails Band, Girls Go Boom, Charmpit, Erika, And Katers, Joni, All the Venues and Homes that allowed space for us. Thank you Ragana and SBSM for adding me to the bill last minute in Berlin when I lost my money in Copenhagen. Thank you Ananyah for shooting the Staying Alive video with me in London and Calvin for meeting me after talking online for years. Thanks to everyone who just gave me love and support on the dance floor. I played shows in Europe and Canada. I never would have imagined that.

And now my favorite moments in motion over he time frame of like June-December in n particular order....with a dash of short descriptions!

Me with Anne Marie from Charmpit headed to Queer Prom in London!

Charmpit live and direct on stage at Queer Prom..

Family photo in Philly while on The Queer Conversion Tour

Playing Dress up with @JeffandtheJerks in LA

Partying with my friends in Berlin @pauliCakes @Cockroachprincess and @cantnotevernot in Berlin

Meeting my friend/collaborator @CnmKng for the first time after being on the net together since 2012.

Opening for Ragana and SBSM in Berlin

Name in Chalk at Silver Future in Berlin

Thank you for good times at Slo Lady Fest!

Getting the crowd dancing at The universe is Lit!

Moments in Chicago from the Queer Conversion Tour.

Playing at The Silent Barn NYC on the Queer Conversion Tour and legendary sister spitter @CathyDeLaCruz came and saw her sister perform.

Celebrating Spray Tan Band song #PolyDrama in Brooklyn

With @papelonpapelon in the park in Brooklyn!

Performing At Slut island Festival in Montreal Canada.

Opening for Dream Nails in London. Photo by Keira Cullinane

Playing at Girls Go boom in Belgium and Rotterdam for the bloody Birthday Bash.

So what did this 2017 year teach me? It taught me to move in the midst of your world falling apart. Setbacks should not hold you back. I literally lost everything a lot of personal things that I don't want to relive but ya'll know because you went through it with me. The support and love got me through. I could have really slipped into a dark space. But love pulled me through. So looking forward to applying everything I learned and survived through to this new year. This has been a journey of seven years. I have had to literally build my own world away from what is considered the norm journey for a musician. I don't fit in mainstream. I am overlooked by blogs and mainstream culture but thank you to people Nastia who made sure I was in the East bay Express several times this year. Thank you to Jhoni for getting press. Thank you for all media outlets that shared my music! I don't fit the part of what a star might be but thank you for believing in my shine.Looking forward to 2018 and for new doors to open for a peculiar lady who loves to dance.

Excited now to expand with Maya's Magic shop online after being on the road and like selling my art at shows since 2012 to actually having an online store after several failed attempts. Maya's Magic Shop launches on 1/11. Then my bby company I have launched a few times and I wouldn't say we failed but it was not quite right but this year right here its time. On a loving day Wired Weird Ent takes flight again on 2/14... Now if you are subscribed to me on social platforms and I have your email address then you wont miss the festivities. So follow @wiredweirdent and @mayasmagicshop on instagram. Well here goes. Eight years a Songbird. Maya Songbird. Thank you for supporting me! Lets stay on the up for 2018 and beyond!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Official visual for "Staying Alive"

So yeah 2017 has been very interesting. A lot of endings which I am sure in the long run I will be all excited a lot of these things happened for the good of my soul to expand and elevate. But why lord did I have to go through all of this and why did you also? But as we are now in December. Thank Gawd. Things seem to have lightened up even though I am legit holding on to the ceiling of an upside down room like a frazzled black cat with her claws all the way out. This year was a painful one in the aftermath of loosing a lot of people I considered chosen family in 2016.

The universe sheltered me I feel though with a chance to lick my wounds and heal properly. I never thought I would be travelling the world. Playing shows. Meeting new audiences worldwide and that has been special and I promise a recap before the year is completely over.

I am proud to share with you the official Visual for my song "Staying Alive" off of the project collaboration with AmraIsland. Thinking maybe a full release for the project and you are in for a treat 2018.

I thank Ananyah and Nikki for bringing this idea to life. We shot this visual in London!!!!!!!!!!

This video is directed by Maya Songbird @theweirdestmaya and Ananyah (Nai Du) @yennavo and Edited by Nikki Kaplowitz @cockroach.princess

Just a example of that continuous lady power! Music production by @Amraisland and of course all of these @'s lead to pages on instagram!

This video was ideally trying to basically cope with the idea of how life can easily morph into death so take it easy and enjoy life smoothly as possible.

Ok so expect me to tell you about my 2017 adventures filled with ups and downs. I got some tea. I know my friends in heaven smiling down on me like she still crazy and full of life.

Also watch and share the video on YouTube.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Recap of the "Pretty Bird, Song Bird" Tour with BbyBangz and Tig Bitty!

I must warn you. This was quite the adventure.

When Bby and I hit the road we had no idea what we were getting in to.

So we were like driving when all of a sudden my car decides to express his inner bucket.

I did all the things I was supposed to do by getting the car checked out and everything but surprise while we were driving down the highway to hell, my right tire exploded which knocked off my belt and damaged my Axle.

Which left us completely stranded roadside. A voice instantly went off in my head like "How bad do you want this"...But literally within minutes of being stranded a good Samaritan came to our rescue.

After two hours of getting the car back up in running we were headed to Salem, Oregon. Special thanks to John Bolles, who saved us with no hidden agenda, just a pure and kind heart.

So after 8 more hours of driving carefully in my fancy bucket who I have since named "Orion" in response to the tricky and troubled belt in my car. Named after the infamous "Orion's Belt"...I thought that would be awesome as now I would say a little prayer that our Good Samaritan taught us for the rest of our Journey. I was taught the St. Peters prayer and maybe you know it to. I will share it with you as you may need it for your journey's also.

"St Peter keep your shadow on me. Don't let me have any flat tires. Or accidents or any cops stop or arrest me or impound my car."

Well believe it or not that little prayer got us through. I swear every time we turned on the car it knocked and grunted and just was not trying to act right. By the Grace of God, stamina, We got through.

So we made it to our Salem stop at the awesome Space Concert Club. Late as ever. But we were greeted with this awesome name in Chalk...

Everyone at The Space Concert Club was so warm and kind to us. They fed us and gave us great liquor and I played a small set. We ended up actually rescheduling our show for the next Wednesday after it all though.

We then got back in Orion's belt and headed to Portland to crash at Vern and Ian's place. Thank you Vern and Ian for the Hospitality.

Got a chance to hang with Vern in the am and chill in Vern's Fern Garden.

Later that evening we had a gig at Le Voyeur. The legendary punk DIY venue of Olympia!

So we packed up Orion and said our St Peter's prayer. We magically arrived in Olympia.

Olympia was cool because that is where we met up Tig Bitty and we played our first show all together that night.

That is Bby opening up the evening with great Trap Queen Vibrations.

All in all the evening was interesting but fun nonetheless.

But the best was that evening meeting Caitlyn ( The Queen of Olympia who also happened to be a November Sagittarius) and Gabriel who just so happens to go by St Gabriel and is an awesome guy in two cool bands. So yeah we met them at Le Voyeur and then crashed with them for several nights. We even got to have a small house party where Tig Bitty and I performed. Every night spent in Olympia was well spent. Oly has my heart. Here are some Oly moments.

Gabriel took us to a swimhole. It was amazing. Also shout out To Dumpster Value for that amazing swimsuit!

The best part was when we were leaving and Bby picked up what she thought was to be a caterpillar but was actually a poisonous Centipede which secretes Hydrogen Cyanide. Omg.

Our Seattle gig. Well we didn't get paid. They paid the sound guy instead. It was about three touring acts and no one got paid. But the venue was nice. And the drinks were good.

Bby's Set was awesomee.

More beautiful pictures coming from Rachel soon of the Seattle Event.

(me and Tigbitty in between sets)

We didn't leave Seattle without visiting and hanging out in Seattle's night scene. Bby and I packed up Orions Belt and headed to Dwntwn Seattle to hang out with Rachel at a cool hip hop spot! Also thanks Rachel and roommates for letting us crash at your pad after!

We Then headed back to Portland to play The beautiful Twilight cafe and bar. We stayed with my friend Lauren. This was my look for the evening!

Instantly when we walked through the door of the Twilight we were drawn to the magic wall on the stage.

Portland was awesome, although we didn't have the best turnout.

My favorite about Portland is the pot shops everywhere and not needing a Pot card to get in!

We also enjoyed First Thursday's art walk. That was amazing.

Up next we were back in Salem Oregon and that was a majestic evening to be had.

We had a full house at The Space Concert Club and played with Salem legends Night Lizard and Oakland Goth Girl Band, Composite.

It was a smooth evening and every body danced! You would have to have been there to believe the magic was real and felt! Just want to thank Doug and Summer for being so great to us! Along with all the other awesome Salem native that were so hospitable to us not once but twice! The love in Salem is real and if you are ever in Salem make sure to stop by the Space Concert Club because the food is amazing!

So then we packed up the car and headed to our last gig in Arcata at The Outer Space Clubhouse!

OMG the ride down from Portland Oregon was delicious, De-Groovy, and DeGorgeous! Agh! Every single curve turn and uphill and downhill was imperial. Ugh I lived!

We made it to Arcata just in time for Soundcheck and also grabbed some good Pizza.

OMG so Good!

Arcata was perfect! Thank you Cole for this moment!

Thank you Lisken for these awesome photos.

Arcata! You brought it!!!!! Thank you for such good love!

But the After party was also so very lit! IT was so nice to meet and party with everyone!

Thank you to everyone who supported us on this tour! Thank you to our friends in Olympia who donated to our tour fund.

Thank you for the beds to sleep in. Thank you for taking care of BBY and I. Thank Tig Bitty for showing up and showing out! You are amazing and your Success is over the moon high! Love you much! BBY thank you for surviving this adventure with me! Excited for our September adventure. And all of our future endeavors together. You are the bomb my bby from the Bronx!

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Until next time! XO