Behind The Music with Jenn Rodgers on Fallen Angel

Band Name: Pixy Muse

Person Interviewing: Jenn Rodgers

Song name: Fallen Angel

Music Genre: Indie, 80's pop

I live in... Louisiana

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This song is about a girl from a wealthy family, and the pressures behind coming from a wealthy family like having to be perfect all the time; have perfect grades, perfect hair, best behavior, etc. This can be hard on teens and sometimes they look for an escape from reality whether it is good or bad. In this case it was something bad, hence the title Fallen Angel; however, I leave the listeners to interpret what kind of bad the girl turns to so that they may relate it in some way to their own lives. Because we have all had a 'crutch" that helped us get through hard times at one time in our lives.

My music is...
When I began doing music in 2015, I was doing everything; I wrote, composed, and produced each song. In 2017, I began collaborating with others who composed the music and then I did everything else for the song. So, now I pretty much just write the lyrics and produce a song and then submit it for release. What drives me to write my songs is strictly and utterly pure emotion. All of my songs that I have released are of my own lyrics inspired by personal experiences of mine, unless it was a collaboration, and on those songs I just wrote my part.

How do you think this release represents your current direction..
This song was released in 2018, but I wanted to have it promoted because I feel it's a story that other teens out there, or anyone for that matter, can relate to. And because I spent more time on it then on any other songs prior to this one, and worked with my vocal coach, who is my mom, a lot so I could get a really good vocal. The song is a collaboration with a former partner of mine who provided the musical composition for me, after which I wrote the lyrics.

I like to create songs of different genres, and I grew up listening to 80's bands, one in particular was Depeche Mode, and he structured Fallen Angel's composition around their sound.

As for my direction, I am not really sure. I've been dealing with some stuff, and I've hit a mental block so I have quit doing music for now. I keep my lyric notebook though for whenever lyrics pop into my head, and I write them down. So, who knows, you might see the name Pixy Muse come around again lol.

What most inspires you?
I have always loved to sing and wanted to be a singer since I was 17. When I was 40, I found out I have a mental condition called Borderline Personality Disorder. It is easy for me to fall into a depression if I don't keep my mind busy. So, I began reading... alot lol . Then, I found out how easy it was to submit your own music and I decided to try it. My musical journey began.

I learned a music program so I could make my own tracks. I'm a freelance writer with lots of experiences, so writing lyrics wasn't hard and singing became a way of expressing a lot of feelings I had within.

I wouldn't say music has enriched my life, but it certainly has helped me mentally. My favorite instrument is probably the piano, and I wish my parents would have put me through the lessons as a kid, because learning it now is not so easy lol. The piano is a soothing instrument and it’s great for calming the nerves. Many times, I have relaxed while playing after a long day.

The music industry…
The music industry is a hard and frustrating industry to get into and even more so if you're an Independent musician, and if people are just in it for the money, they're in for a long and difficult road ahead. For me, getting into it was not about the money. It was about the emotional connection my song could have with a listener, or knowing that one of my songs could inspire another, or even help them to have a better day. Two years ago, I got a message from a listener who told me that he was glad that he discovered my music, because my songs helped him get through a difficult time he was having. That made making what I chose to do all the more worth it.

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Behind The Music Interview:
Pixy Muse (Jenn Rodgers) speaks with Jacqueline Jax about being a writer, lyricist, and singer with Borderline Personality Disorder. Ageism in the music business and what drives her projects. They also talked about rhyme versus rhythm in the structure of a hit song. Find out what’s on her “Bucket list”. Keep an eye out for her up coming book about living with Borderline Personality Disorder.