The shady oaks and canola fields in Headingley, MB seem plain and quiet at first. Look closer, and there are grasshoppers chirping, blackbirds calling, foxes jumping, and wildflowers growing. It takes time and attention to uncover things, that’s how Larysa sees it.
With a last name like Musick, making music might have been fate, but she sees it as a coincidence.
A firm believer in the slow build, Larysa wrote and recorded songs quietly, while performing on various public stages and hosting slam poetry open mic nights as a spoken word poet. Walking through her neighborhood in Headingley alone, Larysa clapped, stomped, sang to herself until melodic lines and lyrics came, building her catalog of songs from acapella.
Musick’s songs blend roots and blues in a way that’s nostalgic for the 1960s folk revival or old western country, with fingerpicking and open tuning guitar stylings. Her distinctive voice is sometimes compared to Joan Baez and Stevie Nicks.
Formerly, Larysa was the Artistic Director for Winnipeg Poetry Slam, performed spoken word poetry across Canada, and held poetry workshops with kids in schools. She’s also an illustrator and has self-published an illustrated poetry coloring book.