Julia Lau is an up-and-coming singer songwriter from the Bay Area. Her first CD, "In The Wildflowers and Weeds," is due out shortly. Like Vienna, Julia had a pretty interesting day job before turning to music: She worked as a community activist in San Francisco's Chinatown. That experience was, not suprisingly, a significant influence.
One example: Her song To Be Beautiful
is about the impossible pressures on young girls to be physically "perfect." Adolescent and teenaged girls of all backgrounds will relate to this lyric:
And all the models
so thin and tall
she tries to stop herself
from eating much at all
But then comes a stanza than can only be understood by a certain audience:
Her mother told her
That "our eyes aren’t right"
it’s just a little cut
a crease would look real nice
Every time I've heard her sing that song, those words have had an almost physical impact on the listeners.
The CD has a special item of interest for the Warm Strangers: Our lodge brother Eric Cheng plays cello on several tracks.
Julia's web site is: