My name is Kelsie Mcnair, I write and play music around the Norfolk area… mostly performing in my own bedroom.
I’ve been attempting over the past few years to find good places to play that work well with the over-all feeling of my music and performance, but sometimes it can be difficult for a solo singer/songwriter in a up-and-coming city. Bars are usually too loud, actual venues are too spacious, coffee shops can get too sleepy but my bedroom is always just right!
I started making Bedroom Ballads at the end of 2014, and I’m going to attempt to make at least one each month this year. I’ve enjoyed working on them because they allow my music to be heard and watched in the same intimate manor in which it was made. I hope that the videos will become something really special for myself over time by documenting my current room and living space along with the songs of my changing heart.
I’ve also just begun developing my first album under the new music moniker, Pyrrhic Whim. Pyrrhic Whim is essentially all of my songs with the production and tender sound love of local musician and composer, Jake Hull. We have been working together on different musical things for a few years now. He has been producing alongside me for some time, helping me to create larger and sweeter soundscapes for the songs. The project has started to grow much bigger than me and it’s beginning to feel like the songs are finally finding their homes within Jake’s atmospheric string arrangements and intrinsic underwater guitar melodies. Since the collaboration began, I’ve been thinking about how important it is to document the songs before they become fully Pyrrhic Whim creations. Making bedroom ballads of each song helps the listener follow the path of each song’s development.
I like the idea of watching music grow; these videos give the listener the original movement and intimacy they were made to portray. They mark the starting point of each song that will be on the record when it comes out later this year.
If you’re interested in making your own music videos at home, smart phones make the process super easy! Use your phone to create the video by setting it on a shelf and record yourself in a good environment. Use a video editing app like Videocraft or iMovie to enhance the color and boost the good sound and post it on YouTube!
Pyrrhic Whim is having our very first Norfolk performance tomorrow night (Friday, FEB 6th) at the Parlor on Granby… complete with a cellist, keyboardist and some percussion. Jake and I are really excited to share the stage with Baltimore’s Kindlewood and local music maker Lenee Thornton’s new project.. Poiê. Here’s the even page for that. For more of Pyrrhic Whim, here is the Facebook, Instgram, newsletter, and YouTube.