Posted by Sandra Thacker, SCENE Producer | Saturday March 30, 2013
Ismaila Alfa with Serena Postel (CBC/Thacker)
I want to find a way to have music and yoga and some of those things crossover....I'm really excited because I feel like there are so many places now that I can go with this.
—Serena Postel, singer/songwriter
Serena Postel is a singer with a great voice and a songwriter who draws from her life experiences to write lyrics that last.
She got her start in the business by busking. "I wanted to test out singing," she explains to CBC host Ismaila Alfa. "It's a great place to write because people are coming and going so if you play the same song they don't notice. And you can see genuine reaction from people as they come and go."
Most singer/songwriters start out playing other people's music. But Postel found that too frustrating. "I can't read music but I had a list of covers I wanted to try to learn. The problem was that I couldn't sing and play at the same time. That really got under my skin and made me mad, so I wrote my own songs."
Postel also admits that music has been therapeutic for her. "It was cheaper than a therapist actually. Writing became an escape."
She's also found a connection between the emphasis on the breath as a singer, and a yoga instructor. "Being immersed now in yoga, and becoming a yoga teacher, I want to find a way to have music and yoga and some of those things crossover. I'm really excited because I feel like there are so many places now that I can go with this."
Postel shares some unreleased music with SCENE host Ismaila Alfa on Saturday March 30. The show airs every
from 5 - 6
p.m. on CBC Radio One, 89.3 FM/990 AM/97.9 FM in Brandon. Then she performs at the North End Artist Collective and Kildonan United Church House Concert on Saturday April 6 starting at 7 p.m., at Kildonan United Church.