Viewing life curiously.
The unusually cool temperature, with minimal humidity, made the 7 block jaunt along 5th Avenue to Bryant Park seem more like a leisurely stroll on the latter half of this mid-week July afternoon. I hummed along with the tinkling melody of the park’s infamous roundabout and took notice of the young woman sitting on a bench just across the pathway, with her eyes fixed like a curious child, watching the elderly statesmen engage in a passionate game of Chinese Chess. She is Cyra Morgan, a resident of this Metropolis, and when she’s not at the beach, often she finds herself here, people watching, or just taking in nature – it’s her way of connecting and finding inspiration for another verse to add to her growing repertoire of intimate acoustic folk songs.
When she was 5 her father would invite his musician friends over for jam sessions and Cyra was often asked to get on the microphone to sing. The delight of those moments led to her penning her first lyrics and performing them to a sold out imaginary audience in her bedroom. In 8th grade, she wrote a song for her teacher and taught it to her classmates, who performed it as their end-of-year swan-song. Only a few years ago, her father taught her to play the guitar, it’s the only instrument she plays, and it has unshackled her from needy dependence upon another musician to help her get the songs out of her head.
This would be only our second meeting, yet she recognized my face as I approached, and waved me over to take a seat. A self-proclaimed Instagram addict, she said she’d captured several moments of the day and proceeded to show me her latest exhibits on her iPhone. I asked if I could scroll through her music playlists and was delightfully surprised to see an eclectic mix of artist – Regina Spektor, Damien Rice, Ray LaMontange, Mumford and Sons, The Black Keys, The Artic Monkeys, and The Beastie Boys.
“Regina Spektor is such a huge inspiration and influence for me. I tend to be a person that feels deeply, and life sometimes guides me to places where my emotions are too big to contain. I feel like if I can capture it, whatever it is I’m feeling, as authentically, as truthfully as possible in my writing, it helps to bear the burden of the vulnerability, the fears, the love, the heartache, the hope.”
15 months ago, Cyra was one of the top 10 finalist in the Guitar Center’s Singer – Songwriter Competition, and this past March she was one of the featured artist on the SoundCloud stage at SXSW, both she professes have been
highlights in her budding career.
“I owe so much of my success thus far to SoundCloud, so it was kind of a huge honor for me to play on their stage. But generally, meeting other SoundClouders or fans is always really meaningful for me. Maybe it’s because I share so much of my soul in my songs, it means the world to me that people want to listen.”
She’s definitely a dream seeker with professional aspirations of a world tour, performing on all of the late night talk shows, and Saturday Night Live.
The potrait of Cyra’s future will also be accented with highlights of what she believes will be the richness of life’s adventure.
“Personally, my goals are to be an amazing mother and partner, to shower my children and family with love. To appreciate, to be grateful for every beautiful moment that I am given.”