Vanessa Kuzina of "Oh My Darling" (Victoria Anne)
"Deep in the pages of my 'office' are my friends, loved ones, my sorrows and joys, the chatterings of a coffee house or passersby in the corner store"
—Vanessa Kuzina, Songwriter
Oh My Darling's Vanessa Kuzina is joining her creative forces with the Winnipeg Public Library's Writer-in-Residence Terry Jordan for a songwriting workshop.
The workshop begins Tuesday January 17, and continues over three Tuesday evenings until the end of January. It takes place in the Carol Shields Auditorium at the Millennium Library downtown. The workshop will focus on combining songwriting with structure, use of language, various thematic approaches and marrying melody to mood.
Vanessa Kuzina is known as the 'cowboy poet' of Oh My Darling. She sings and plays guitar in the band. She also writes lyrics that inevitably draw from life on the prairies, probing emotions that run deep through the human experience.
SCENE asked Vanessa to take us behind the scenes, to the place where she writes her songs:
Looking out on a true January day, the sun spills out over cracking elms that line my street, casting long, thin shadows into the salty grooves from car wheels. This is one of my many vistas I enjoy when I write.
My journal pages are emblazoned with southern exposure when I sit here at home. But I have many vistas when I write. Many are from the places that feel like home to me here in Manitoba. I often long for my favourite vista, the one where no mosquito can find me, as I sway in the gazebo hammock. Nowhere else can I faintly hear the shores of Lake Winnipeg with the poplars, oaks and pine rustling with gentle breeze and wild fowl.