Musical Muse: Lara Murray


When did you start singing? Playing the guitar? What inspired you to do so? I liked to sing a lot when I was younger but then I got pretty shy and didn't really ever sing in front of anyone.  My dad had a really good voice so I always liked to listen to him sing.  My freshman year of high school I was placed in a public speaking class--which I hadn't wanted to take at all-- but there was always a guitar in the room that we had class.  There were 2 boys in my class who played and it really impressed me, and I decided that I might want to learn.  I got a guitar for Christmas that year and I ended up teaching myself how to play.  One of my good friends played guitar and sang, so I decided to play around with her.  We signed up for a coffeehouse -- a small performance put on by one of the clubs at our high school-- and it was terrifying, but I had a lot of fun so I decided to stick with it.

Are you involved with any other musicians on campus?

I have been fortunate enough to play with Isaac Dost and Drew Picketts, who are both excellent musicians.  I also have been performing with Abbie Titus, who has an incredible voice, and she and I are going to be performing together in our next show!

What are the top 3 songs on your iPod right now?

The top 3 songs on my iPod are... 1. “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” - Death Cab for Cutie 2. “Isn't She Lovely” - Stevie Wonder 3. “Vienna”- Billy Joel.  My favorite song ever is probably Home by Michael Buble.  I don't know why it isn't in the top 3.

What musician and music style do you see yourself fitting into most?

I'm not so sure-- I really appreciate a lot of different types of music so I can't choose one that I identify with the most.

Where can we find you playing your sweet, sweet tunes around campus?

In my room, always. I will be performing at 7th street on Valentine's Day (for all of those lonely souls...) as well as on March 28th!

How do you feel about the current Bucknell music scene? What would you want to see different?

I think the music scene could be expanded upon greatly.  It seems that the same handful of people perform at 7th Street and there aren't many new musicians! I feel like they're all just to nervous to show their talents.  The a cappella groups do a good job of sharing their music with the Bucknell community, but I think there should be more options for those who play an instrument as well as sing!

Bucknell NewsAnnie Dempsey