So, most of you know how involved I am with social media. When I’m not writing, performing or recording, I’m on the internet communicating. Too much information….I’m sure… some times even I get overloaded and I have a high tolerance for it! I’m thankful for things like Twitter because, if it’s more than 140 characters, my brain starts to lose focus. And for blogs because sometimes I want more and more and more. I can’t tell you the number of wonderful people I’ve met, the opportunities I’ve been given and the people I’ve reached with my music all because of social media. I’m so enmeshed in it that I’ve been asked to help other musicians get better at doing the same(see SN4M.com). What can I say? I’m viral.
and the world is getting smaller….less degrees of separation, you know? It’s happening faster and faster….live streaming relationships. With the number of people I come in contact with, I’m grateful that most are wonderfully kind and courteous but, with everything happening so fast, details are missed and assumptions are made and, well, I can’t tell you everything I am in 140 characters or less. Who can? So, here are some Frequently Asked Questions. FAQs, if you will:
Q: Do you know who you sound like?
Q: Is Marie your last name?
A: No and Yes. The names Laura and Marie are my first and middle names. The name Laura Marie is my DBA. It’s official so, for all non-family purposes, that is my name.
Q: Who was your first/biggest/greatest influence.
A: Surprisingly not Natalie Merchant. Sorry to disappoint. The Police, Sting, the Beatles, Paul McCartney, Fleetwood Mac and the Pretenders were big early influences. Natalie Merchant came much, much later and after I had been writing for several years. It went like this: I wrote poetry and lyrics and wanted to sing in a band. A man told me, “you need to write songs that are less like poetry and prose and more like pop and rock”. Then, I was introduced to the 10,000 Maniacs and said, “See! NO, I DON’T!” Then, a few months later I went into a recording studio and the producer said, “You sound just like Natalie Merchant” and I was shocked until I heard the playback. And now I hug people who say I sound like Carly Simon or Joan Baez. Not because I dislike Natalie Merchant (I really do like her music) but because I want to know who else I sound like.
I can’t point to one person or group as my biggest influence. I can say that there are a number of songwriters who have inspired me by writing extraordinary songs. The list is very long so I won’t go into it here. But, if you were sitting here in my office, you would see them lined up on my wall.
Q: Will you git wit me after a show?
Q: Can I have your number? You know, I want to git to know u.
A: Um….no. I’m pretty much an open book and much of what I’m going to share, I’m going to share right here on my blog or in my tweets. I’ll trust that if I’m meant to know more about you I already do or will. I hope you will trust the same. Really.
Q: When are you coming to Seattle/San Diego/Phoenix/other places not in Texas?
A: For me, being ‘indie’ means I have to choose between recording and traveling. Right now, I’m recording. But, I have plans to travel a bit this Summer. I’ll have more on that soon.
Q: Why aren’t you on the radio?
A: I am. I’m not mainstream yet, but, there are a number of lovely indie and college stations that play my music. As a matter of fact, one of them is having a pledge drive right now!!! You should support them. Go to :
Pledge online and get a t-shirt or listen to the show and pledge a donation for one of the announced items. Do it! It’s a good deed for the day 🙂
Q: Are you gay?
A: Labels…they make me uncomfortable…even when I use them. I am married to a man. There. He is the one man who is allowed to git wit me after a show.
So, call me a heterosexual. Love is love is love….no one can tell me that one form of human love is less than or greater than another. Well, you can tell me but, I won’t believe you.
Q: Why don’t you come to Nashville?
A: Why don’t you come to Texas?
Q: What’s wrong with you?
A: Nothing. I’m just as I was made.
Q: Where are you not?
A: Nowhere I am not. 🙂
So, if you look for me and I’m not there…exactly.
Special thanks to Lenn for making the following compilation video of me to spread the word about my music to his friends. Lenn, you are awesome!