My name’s Nene, singer/songwriter/instrumentalist/producer… you get the idea.
I’m a published Dutch-American author under the name A. E. H. Veenman. When I’m not penning novels for the Marjorie Gardens Mystery series…
Ten Days in Tahiti (romance mystery novella)
I’m composing and recording for 3RD Season.
Then, what am I doing on WordPress? Good Question.
The purpose of this blog may be a bit different than you’re used to seeing in the music industry. Ours is an open window for you to peek inside and see who we are, and what we’re about.
Specifically, my segment (Nene) will be a feature article called:
Alternatively, Growing Up Black is autobiographical. But it’s certainly not my story alone. Just told from my own experiences.
Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey …coined “Murder Capital of America” during the 90s…(now teetering somewhere between #14 and #16 in the ranking)…
I’m a black woman who studied Classical music yet embraced Rock, Grunge, and Heavy Metal…rather than Rap and Hip Hop.
In a crowd of my peers, I was easy to spot. Popular among the culture at the time were Adidas, fat ribbed coats, and thick, gold link chains. I used Kool-Aid to color my hair purple and dangled a key from one earring.
Some people rolled their eyes, others shook their heads, but there were those who were intrigued. Yet, no one could figure me out. Hell, I couldn’t figure me out. Ultimately, I accepted I was different. And that was okay.
It’s my hope that by opening myself up to you, these posts will actually highlight the wonderful diversity in today’s indie music industry. Timely and relevant, the endeavor behind my little feature is to further examine the preconceptions of racial and gender stereotypes, trustfully opening a positive dialogue among you, my readers.
So, if you like where this is headed, be sure to Follow this Blog. Oh, but before I go…
What segment will Jess be doing?
Pretty much whatever she’d like to add when she finds the time.