Shannon Venasse Interview – Phillip Hong – SRN Mediaworks – 18 March, 2009
I must admit: Sometimes the pace of life tends to make me forget about what life should be about. In these days of gloom and doom, combined with the inability to slow down or turn back time, I tend to listen to music for a bit of comfort.
For those in need of a bit of calm, the meaningful sounds of Shannon Venasse will at least help you put life in perspective. It takes a lot of effort to write a song that does more than aesthetically please and that’s the product of this indie artist.
If you’re interested, her CD titled “The Lion’s Share” can be purchased from her official website.
PHIL: What, whom, and how were you influenced into becoming a singer songwriter?
SHANNON: I would say my mom Helen, was my first musical influence. She didn’t sing or play an instrument but she absolutely loved music. There was always music playing in our house. My mother like most people from her generation loved Elvis and ABBA but she’d also listen to stuff from tons of newer artists as well. I’d say she taught me to appreciate music of all kinds. I didn’t start playing the guitar until I was a bit older. I always wanted to learn an instrument so when I moved to Toronto and had some friends who played I decided to learn. I was always under the impression that it would be too hard but I picked it up fairly quickly.
PHIL: What inspired you to write “Days Roll By”?
SHANNON: The inspiration for my songs generally comes from various different emotions or situations I’m in. I think the main message I was trying to convey with that song was how we all let things slip away from us. Nothing lasts forever and some of us forget about that simple fact of life. We let the days roll on and on without thinking of the consequences. If you want something or you want a relationship to last you have to work hard to make it happen. Otherwise, it’ll just pass you by.
PHIL: Toronto Experimental Artists describes you having a “K.D. Lang-ish dreamy romanticism”. What’s your favourite K.D. Lang song, if you have one?