Tonight, Vessna Scheff of San Francisco was our guest on SCENES Live Sessions. She’s a songwriter, singer, musician and independent recording artist. She plays ukulele and guitar, but that’s not all. She’s also a performance artist of sorts and a painter. Sometimes she wears paint.
As you will see and hear, Vessna Scheff’s manner and sound are gentle and sweet. That’s why I was surprised to find this on her website: “I am inspired by stories of resilience and revolution, in particular by Malcolm X, Assata Shakur, James Baldwin, Gabrielle Union and Angela Davis. The freedom I achieve through creating comes from my passion for beauty and the power of people. Using a combination of watercolors on wood, watercolor on Dura-lar, poetry, beats, movement and voice, I orchestrate performances where we may challenge our fears, craft our freedom and nurture our empowerment.”
I was taken aback because the leaders she names were hostile (to put it lightly) and so I don’t know what her concept of freedom is.
Click the video’s speaker button to turn on the sound. The last song Vessna Scheff sings is an original that begins with “I have been waiting for someone to love me, I have been waiting for someone to see me.” Why not click on the Facebook icon to tell Vessna that you saw her? I hope Vessna is no longer waiting for someone to love her. Already, she is lovable.
Genres: folk, jazz and indie
Band members: “Me and friends”
Here is Vessna Scheff’s version of the Frankie Vallie hit “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.” I like it better than the original.