Artistic Statement - Eva Moon


Artistic Statement - Eva Moon

First as a songwriter and later as a playwright and writer, I have always made wry observations about the ironies of modern life. Even in the simplest song or story I strive to shine a fresh light on the familiar and give the audience an altered perspective - one in which personal frustration becomes communal laughter and despair becomes hope.

Drawn to storytelling since childhood, I have consistently approached each new work as an opportunity to take the audience on a journey to someplace new, yet where they discover they’re not alone. Whether it is a three-minute rap about email spam or a full length solo musical about turning a devastating medical prognosis into a new lease on life, my goal is to inspire people to go out and create their own happiness. I know I have succeeded when all the elements work together seamlessly: The script is honest and conversational. Music is at once familiar and fresh. Lyrics are heightened natural speech. Broad themes emerge holistically from unvarnished prosaic detail, and meaning may be found on multiple levels. My listeners respond, “Yes. I know that feeling. But I never thought of it that way before.”

As an artist performing my own work, there is no greater satisfaction than knowing I’ve connected with a live audience. Art is energy that must be both given and received to close the circuit and make the light go on.

“The Mutant Diaries: Unzipping My Genes” is the culmination and extension of all my work to date. I had played daughter, mother, lover, wife, woman. Then I was unexpectedly given the role of fighter, battling through a full hysterectomy and double mastectomy to avoid near certain odds of cancer - all while my mother was dying of cancer herself. In the past I have always shared the stage with other musicians and performers, but this is such an intimate story that it must be a solo show. Telling it alone on stage mirrors the internal isolation of living it and sharing it with the audience mirrors the external support of loved ones. Even though my particular journey is not one most have gone through, every human faces personal, life-altering challenges. Through my art, with music and laughter instead of lectures and preaching, I deliver an uplifting message that it is possible to change your future.