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“It wasn’t until about three years ago,” Meedon says, “that I started to write or sing.” She was at “a low of a low point” in her personal life, and, depressed, sat down in front of her piano for some relief. Her very first song ever, “You”, was followed by her second song, “Broken Reeds” a week later. Without any real game plan, she recorded the songs at home and posted them on Facebook. Within a few months, she’d attracted more than 20,000 fans (a number which has since grown to nearly 200,000). “The energy was so real and authentic…pure heart!” she says. Encouraged by the overwhelmingly positive feedback to her first few songs, she kept writing and posting songs to her Facebook page, and that group of songs were collected into her first album, A Gray Matter. “Looking back,” she says, “I made some rookie errors,” but the songs resonated with her Facebook fans, and the album was described by Billboard Magazine’s Cortney Harding as having “an abstract, ethereal quality that will appeal to fans of Morcheeba, Kate Bush or Mazzy Star.” Harding added that Meedon had the “potential to add to a niche that could certainly use an infusion of fresh talent.”
Meedon never expected that she would pursue a life making music. Growing up, she played classical piano music well and had an intense interest in music after hearing her older brother’s Beatles albums. In high school, she quietly blended in, and “hung out with the misfits, listening to artists like Tom Waits, Kinks, Stones, Ella, Byrne, Eno, and others, which then led to Nirvana, Mary J., Lauryn Hill, and Radiohead,” but she never once wrote a song or poem, joined a rock band, or even sang in public.
Still, no one had been more surprised by her natural ability to write and perform music than she was – especially given how she grew up. “You know how people are told to ‘follow your heart,’ or to ‘stop and smell the flowers’? My childhood was the opposite of that. You ignored your heart, ran past the flowers, and endured to go where you ‘ought to’ go.” Her parents, who immigrated to the U.S. from South Korea in the 1960’s, showed no interest in popular music. “My parents were old-school. Their intentions were good, but didn’t suit me,” she says. “My mom did her M.D. residency here, while my dad came to the U.S. for his PhD in political science. An intense fear and severe pragmatism was instilled in me since I was little. Music was considered a ‘hobby,’ but never a career. At best, it was a fantasy. At worst, it was a complete waste of time, energy and resources. I was convinced that it would be impossible and unrealistic to pursue, that I would become a burden and an embarrassment to my family.” In college, she felt obligated to go along with her parents’ plans for her and dutifully enrolled in science and history classes even though her favorite and most successful subjects had always been art and music. She felt adrift, “like a cork at sea” floating down the path towards becoming the kind of professional -- a lawyer or a doctor -- that her family always expected. But it wasn’t right for her. “I always knew I didn’t fit in,” she admits.
And when she finally hit that low point in her adult life, she was pleasantly surprised that she had a talent for writing. “But more important to me was the cathartic and creative outlet it gave me.” Meedon’s first album, A Gray Matter, written and recorded during a time which she confesses was “pure madness and personal chaos”, was her way of dealing with the darkness of despair and depression. Meedon’s latest album, A Little Peace, shows she’s “a different person. There have been a lot of realizations and changes in an extremely short period of time.”
Many of these realizations began with her journey to a Shamanic Center in the rainforests of Peru, where she was transformed by the plant medicines, Ayahuasca and Sanango. “They’re plants God put on earth to heal you on every level: physical, psychological, and spiritual,” she says. “There’s nothing like it. If you cried about something during a ceremony, the source of the tears would be gone forever by the next day.” Her intense and unimaginable spiritual and emotional healing called her back to Peru three more times over six months. The trips permanently lifted her from despair …and the last one almost landed her in jail. (To read more about this incident, click http://www.reverbnation.com/page_object/page_object_blogs/artist_2693636?blog_id=6728464 )
Meedon describes “The Haze,” written after her first Peru trip, as a transitional song, and you can hear in the other songs a brighter, more Technicolor tone than the gloom that pervaded her debut. Her new optimistic spirit is evident from the opening track, “Say Yes”: “Watch me dancing across the room” is the first line from the album’s first song, going on to ask, “Can you get out of your own way? Maybe you’ll finally get what you want today.” Other songs on the album like “Just A Story” (“Take off your blindfold and what do you see?”) and “It’s Time” are also signs that Meedon has shaken off the restrictions and constraints on her creativity and is allowing her musical spirit to roam free.
Although Meedon wrote, sang, and played many of the instruments on “A Little Peace”, this time she had some assistance in finishing the album. She called on industry veteran Rob Fraboni (John and Sean Lennon, U2, Joe Cocker, Etta James, Emmylou Harris, Eric Clapton, and many others) to mix and master her work.
As the album’s title indicates, her new music “comes from self-love, joy, and peace.” Meedon admits, “I’m a work in progress, but there is wonder and magic in life now. I’m finally free to be me.”