MARY LAWSON (OF MESONJIXX)
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These days, there’s much ado about the pseudo-attack on masculinity. The assertion of feminine energy and call for protection of civil rights aligned with the needs of womanhood lay thick in daily dialogue. Social issues regarding the equality of women has been rewarded with counterproductive cries to preserve masculinity. You know how southern racists insist that the rising population of people of color in America will result in the overhaul of ‘Merican values #AllLivesMatter? A subpopulation of men insist that women asking for equality, safety, and respect is a full-fledged war on the ways of man #NotAllMen. Fortunately, adequate literature and the expansion of femme centered media has continued to provide femme positive representation.
The arts have always been a field that encourages full expression. Both the profound and the profane are represented. Gender identity twists and turns across the full spectrum of colors. All are welcome to share their perspective with the world. And femme expression is heralded as the standard for top-tier expression. From Citi Girls and Cardi B to Ariana Grande, music visuals have made the dream twerkfest-- full of backshots, void of unwanted touches and creepy heckles-- a reality. Music has provided the soundtrack to femme positive identity.
As the female lead to Mesonjixx, Mary Lawson provides representation for the heartfelt, the vulnerable, the beautifully feminine. In “My Body”, Mary sings praises to her own feminine form “when she’s dancing in the middle of the night”. The same way the moon influences our moods, the voice of Mary Lawson soothes the soul with her crooning. Her light is made evident by the silvery touch she left in her absence. Her voice bounces delicately on top of stirring and unique live instrumentation. This is the definition of whimsy. With lyrics that are strikingly poignant to the female experience, Mary Lawson and Mesonjixx reminds us that both the divine masculine and divine feminine principles are needed for creation to unfold into being. Catch a glimpse of Mesonjixx’s music and Mary’s perspective below.
For the record, what mediums of art do you partake in?
Songwriting/Composition, Performance Art, Video, Curatorial
How long have you been creating?
I’ve been working under Mesonjixx for 4 years. Singing 10 + years.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned about yourself through your creative process? What inspires you?
The most important thing I’ve learned about myself through my creative process is that it’s always changing. I’m inspired by challenge.
A lot of artists pull inspiration from past creations (like older music artists, movies, etc.). Do you do this at all? If so, what are some of your favorite eras to pull from?
What do you think about music’s classification of genres?
I don’t know I think the times have changed. People are trying different things that happen to be influenced by all genres.
I’ve personally noticed that race and sex can pigeon-hole artists. Many times, large companies expect a certain look or sound depending on racial and/or gender identity. Do you have any thoughts on this? Have you ever witnessed anything like this?
Absolutely. Being a local musician/artist – creative person in Lincoln, Nebraska of all places, as a woman of color definitely has its moments. I think a lot of folks who hear Mesonjixx music and see me automatically want to categorize me as an R&B artist, but I don’t think I fit there. I don’t think I fit anywhere, and I’m cool with that.
What larger themes exist in your music? What is the most important idea you want people to get from your art?
That I am an empowered individual who seeks to inspire the same sense out of those who listen to the music I create. I want you to be empowered and feel good about the life you’re living.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
How do you think the creating process would be different if money wasn’t a factor?
If money wasn’t a factor then we would be more open and free. But money is a factor so we’ve got to make it work.
Is there anything else that you want people to know that they may not have gathered?
Love one another. xX