SD Reader Article By Dave Good, September 23, 2013

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But the showcase name, says curator Donna Larsen, may be too long
By Dave Good, September 23, 2013

Donna Larsen, a singer/songwriter, explains her long sabbatical from local stages:

“Because I was a mom.”

She still is a mom, but the kids are older now and there’s this backlog of material to deal with. “I kept writing songs,” she tells the Reader. “Children’s songs. A lot of them.” After all, it’s not like she hasn’t had a lot of time, in children years, to write music.
“My first child was born 13 years ago.”

Larsen created what she calls a “kid’s picture song book with a circus theme. I didn’t know what I was going to do with it,” she says, “until my kids found it one day.” Their interest spurred her to finish the project.

Larsen approached an illustrator who was willing to complete the project, “and I found someone else to lay out the book, and that’s when things really lined up for me.”
There are now 1,000 copies of the book, printed and ready for delivery, sitting in cartons in Larsen’s garage. They await only the completion of the accompanying CD.

“It was all about the book. I decided I wanted to perform live shows again. I had been out of the scene for so long.”

She played a three-song opener for Lisa Sanders then booked herself into a few open mic nights at the Queen Bee’s in North Park. “Alma [Rodriguez, the owner] liked what I did and she offered me a four hour slot. I said, how am I gonna fill four hours? And she said, you get other people to perform with you.”
Larsen lined up 10 musicians for that night.

“It’s happening again,” she tells the Reader. “Only this time at ArtLab Studios on Adams Avenue in Normal Heights.” Larsen’s San Diego Indie Acoustic Original Artist Showcase kicks off in November with Josh Damigo as headliner. “It will be a full night of music and food,” she says, “for $10.”

“San Diego is a Mecca of talent. There are so many way talented songwriters here.” She’d like to host the showcase four times a year. “But the name is too long. Maybe we can have a contest to see what to call it.”

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