Hello beautiful people!
Hello San Francisco! And friends and fans everywhere.
Back to the city-home-studio, at least for a minute, where new energy is put into motion, and old energy is channeled back in! Michael Creature made it back from her solo tour through the Southwest! She embraced the art of recording in her car, rocked electrified on the lip of the Grand Canyon, and composed, most spiritually fulfilled, in the Petrified Forest.
Her travels were funded by shows played from California to Colorado,
in RV parks, music venues, restaurants, private residences, and B&Bs. Thanks to everyone who bought the album, who welcomed live music into
their audio space, especially in places where the Internet has yet to arrive.
Huge love to the Laughing Horse Inn in Taos, NM, where Michael made the stage for 8 nights consecutively, entertaining and performing. Her tour was really infused with cosmic life there, but truly, it was due to the amazing musicians and artists that she communed with.. Special thanks to Ramsey, Grey, Julia, Toni, Erin, Patton, and Donald for bringing so much love, laughter, and wisdom to the music and “to my soul”.
So Michael wasn’t sleeping in her car the whole time (wink wink). Everyone knows no tour is complete without an impromptu freshening up from many long nights on the road, alone and alive, yet a bit weathered, at a legendary-rock-photographer’s creative and comforting homestead, of course! Thanks Baron! we’ve got the connection!
And out in Colorado, Michael played a full house at one of her favorite spots – Front Range – and reconnected with her co-producer Johnny, who escorted her on to Utah. They have scheduled a week of recording back in the studio in coming months, to work on the upcoming Creature Sessions.
We do want to tell you all about the new album, and the new people contributing, and how Michael has been doing nothing but playing her piano since her return. How no one has really even seen her face , but can her hear intricate finger picking through the alleys of San Francisco. But we can’t tell you yet, because she hasn’t emerged from her musical bubble. Stay tuned and in tune.
Michael’s experiences watching the sunsets in the Southwest, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah have definitely shaped the feel of her new album. But really she was just honored to play with and for so many great people who made her feel as though she was needed and her purpose was recognized. Thanks to all the great bands she had the joy of playing with. Gemma, Stephan, and Numani, your gypsy music still makes me dance and live. Thanks to Grass it Up for loaning me their Martin and sharing the stage.
We should take a moment to remind everyone that Naked is available for sale on iTunes now, search for “oh my naked” and then buy a copy!
Also, hook up a good friend and let them know about how to sign up for Michael’s Creature News. Just enter their e-mail address at the top right of the front page of creaturerock.com. We love meeting more music lovers!
Let’s all take a moment of silence for a long-time companion of Michael’s her loving canine protector shar-pei/lab mix Huaningu, who has
passed on after 7 years of unconditional love. Huaningu accompanied Michael from the east coast to the west, and is sorely missed.
HUGE LOVE TO YOU ALL!!!!!! —–
Michael Scott Parker is featured in the concluding Gazette article that was following her musical pursuits.
Original article can be found here.
Springs dream drifts West
By BILL REED THE GAZETTE
May 4, 2007 – 8:25AM
Michael Scott Parker is very, very serious about making it big in music. And so she left town.
The Gazette began following Parker’s career when she moved here two years ago, using her struggles to tell the stories of young musicians trying to make it.
She vowed to form an all-female band called Oh My!, head into the studio, tour the United Kingdom, and “change the face of independent music.”
She enriched the scene here, winning a Peak Area Performances and Artists Awards for best popular music solo/duo from the Pikes Peak Arts Council, exhibiting artwork in the “Victoria’s Secret Service” show at Goede Art Space, and seeing the Ormao Dance Company choreograph a dance to one of her tunes.
But, as it turned out, Colorado Springs wasn’t the ideal place to pursue her dream, and so she recently moved to San Francisco. This is the end of the story for one musician trying to make it Colorado Springs.
“This is just not where I need to be,” she said.
Don’t get the wrong idea. She loved it here. She wrote the best music of her life here.
She found great blues and jazz musicians to inspire her and great producers to help her record an album.
But one necessary resource was missing: rockers who were just as obsessive about the dream as she is, who were ready to leave behind day jobs to play music and were prepared to leave home for months at a time to hit the road.
“I just have not been able to find the musicians who make themselves available to tour as professionals,” Parker said.
“I kept reaching out and reaching out to the female rockers in the area.”
It makes sense, really.
Young rock ’n’ rollers who are dead set on living the dream usually head off to New York or L.A. or Austin or Seattle, to a place where the music scene is thumping and it’s easy to get musicians to line up for auditions.
A healthy scene requires a critical mass of musicians.
The music scene here is geared to blues, jazz and classic-rock cover bands, Parker said, but not original music.
“There’s not a lot of venues for that type of creativity,” she said.
“I’ve been told that in San Francisco they want the weirdest, strangest things in their venues. That’s why people like me move there.”
When Parker advertised for auditions in Colorado Springs for her all-female band, only a few musicians showed up.
She did find Karen Spritzer Flores, a keyboardist and violinist who meshed with her musically. And she found Emily Gould, a teenage drummer with loads of talent.
But Emily can’t play in bars and Flores is understandably tied to a steady income. (Parker’s husband works in the computer industry, giving her the luxury to pursue music full time.)
Parker was wired a bit differently than most of her neighbors.
It goes deeper than the bohemian/cosmopolitan look she sported while zipping around town on her pink scooter, wearing homemade clothes and quirky accessories.
Her mom is a Hollywood stunt woman and Parker grew up hopscotching across the world to movie sets.
Her voice is a cacophony of different accents, and she speaks several languages. She even dreamed up her own language, Euthinethany, and writes her journal in code incomprehensible to others.
Her mom taught her that creating art is a real job, not a hobby — “art and passion and doing what you’re made to do is all that matters.”
And so her perspective is different than most local musicians. They might love it, but it seems unrealistic to live it.
“Here, music is fun for people, but when it becomes work, people can’t see it as a profession,” Parker said.
“I don’t think people are willing to get out of their comfort zones to pursue a dream. Music takes tenacity, it doesn’t take security.”
Parker is undeniably talented. She plays guitar, cello, saxophone and piano, to go with her sensual vocals and a quixotic songwriting style that’s been compared to David Bowie and Ani DiFranco. She prefers weird time signatures to catchy hooks.
Not that she’s bragging or anything, but her bio reads: “Oh My! is frequently the response evoked when hearing the hauntingly mellifluous voice of the uncut indie rock diamond, Michael Scott Parker!”
Dreaming big requires ego.
In San Francisco, she’ll try to break into the indie-rock scene.
She’s going to try once again to assemble a band, although this time she doesn’t care about gender (“I want the best, and I don’t care if they’re hermaphrodite”).
She still plans to tour the U.K. this summer. She’ll try to catch on with a bigger label.
And, if she hits the big time someday, maybe she’ll come back to Colorado Springs to get away from the rock scene and record her introspective album.
For more information about Michael’s language Euthinethany, click here.
Michael Scott Parker and Karen Spritzer Flores are profiled again by the Gazette, in their ongoing quest for female musicians in preparation for touring.
Oh My! will be making a special appearance at the VIP gathering for the Parade of Homes, from 6:00PM to 8:00PM on August 3. If you are one of the 1,000 people invited, make sure you catch the women of rock!
80′s eclectic group Sassy Jones is pleased to make use of Michael’s delectable voice in their tunes for their one-time reunion at the upcoming Magic 99.5 Red, Waite, and Blue Festival in Albuquerque, NM, June 30.
Oh My!’s producer, John Standish, plays keys for Sassy Jones. They are thrilled to be playing with John Waite after 25 years of rocking out.
Oh My! is profiled in the Colorado Springs Gazette, in their continuing quest for musicians and stardom. Interesting news about a young session musician.
Original article can be found here.
15-year-old may join Oh My! as drummer
June 23, 2006 – 12:00AM
I’ve been writing periodically about local rocker Michael Scott Parker’s efforts to put together an all-female band.
In my May 19 Tune Town column, I told you about Parker’s partnership with Karen Flores, a local singer-songwriter-keyboardist-violinist. The duo is calling itself “Oh My!”
Parker still wants to add a drummer or bassist to the band before it embarks on a European tour in the summer of 2007.
“I’m trying to find women who want to go make history with me,” Parker tells me.
Well, you can’t ignore history. So I’ve decided to follow Parker in this pursuit, and I’ll report on it in a series of installments.
Here’s the third:
Michael Scott Parker is chipper — even more chipper than usual.
Her face aglow, her long skirt and tank top paired with bright red lipstick, she looks every bit the glamourous star she aspires to be. She glides around her home near Cheyenne Cañon, smiling and doling out cups of rose tea. For Parker, things are good. Scratch that. They’re wonderful.
“Things are really working out for me in a way I hadn’t expected,” she said.
She and Flores had their first performance together at the V Bar in downtown Colorado Springs on June 4. The two pulled it off beautifully. The night was sprinkled with little bits of drama — a duet between Parker and her visiting stuntwoman mother, a midshow phone call from the duo’s promoting manager in Scotland, and a contract for Flores, cementing her as a permanent member of Oh My!
“It was pretty cool,” Flores said of the show.
Parker feels like she and Flores are ready for the world, and that’s a good thing, especially because Parker recently confirmed dates for the group’s 2007 European tour. They’ll play shows overseas from May 20 through June 23.
In preparation, Parker and Flores are recording an album they hope to release in January. That means even more work for the duo — who already put in six- to eight-hour practices several times a week. Parker and Flores say they’re ready for it — even excited about it.
In more good news, Parker may have found a female drummer. Emily Gould, 15, isn’t old enough to join the band and play to bar crowds, but she may be talented enough to be a studio drummer for the group’s album.
Gould stopped by Parker’s house for an interview and audition June 9. Tall and a bit shy, with innocent blue eyes and a neat ponytail, Gould looks like an average teenager. But behind a drum set, Gould stands out from her peers. She’s been training on the drums since she was 9 and told Parker she aspires to be “the best female drummer ever.”
After all, she said, “There’s not that many of them.”
Gould, who is homeschooled, said she has plenty of time for the band. Her parents are supportive of her musical aspirations, and though she has trouble concentrating on schoolwork, she’s dedicated to the drums. She admitted that she may have to overcome a bad case of claustrophobia before she packs herself and a drumset into a tiny, windowless studio, but she seemed willing to challenge herself.
A grinning Parker and a beaming Flores were even more impressed when Gould began to play her drums.
Gould is creative and focused, and she picks up new songs quickly. The Oh My! women were especially impressed when Gould nailed the rhythm for the quirky “Good With A Knife” on her first try. Gould had never heard the song, yet she waded through its odd rhythms with veteran skill.
“She did take instructions very well, and when I told her to get creative, she did,” Parker said after the audition.
So, Oh My! may have found a drummer to add zest to its album, but Parker’s still on the lookout for a permanent rhythm section for the band. Check www.creaturerock.com under “Events” for more about the job, and e-mail Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out Michael Scott Parker and Karen Spritzer Flores at the V-Bar on Sunday, June 4 at 9:00PM! This duo is magic and the show will kick some serious butt!
In a completely unexpected turn of events, Michael Scott Parker has been mentioned in the Colorado Springs Gazette‘s ”Best Of The Springs”! Pulling down the award for Best Local Singer-Songwriter-Artist-Pilates-Instructor!!!
Thank you, Colorado Springs!
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