“Finally someone believed me, said 'what they said wasn't true, but you can't do it like them, you gotta do it like you'...and that's when I grew”
— Andee Joyce, "Can't See a Thing"
about normal fauna
Andee Joyce (the “brain mom” of Normal Fauna) has been described as “the Hannah Gadsby of music.” Her multi-octave, multi-textured voice is a crayon box with 300 colors, and her unforgettable performances make audiences dance, nod, clap along, laugh, and feel every dimension of her “alternate wiring” as a person on the autism spectrum. Her music is a joyous, rhythmically infectious celebration of difference and an open invitation for everyone to be everything they are.
Normal Fauna's new single, "Make You Wanna Dance," is a Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride for the ears, where you come out the other end refreshed and ready to stand up and take on the world. From the gravelly moan that opens the song, through its infectious stomp-clap rhythm, instantly memorable chorus hook, driving dance-rock groove, and a socially conscious lyric that is also exhilarating and great fun, it represents everything Andee and Normal Fauna are about. See Visualizer video below!
Just under three and a half minutes of Andee with guest fauna Chris Mitchell and Price Pdx on percussion, and Justus Reece on guitar. Excerpts from "Stuff My Hands Do," "Imagining Things," "I Feel Weird," "Ice Cream Antisocial," and "A Cat Named Frankenstein."
full song live videos
An anthem of autistic pride, complete with flapping display -- or a song about gaslighting that's actually fun? Decide for yourself! Of all the performances of this song -- and there have been dozens! -- this might be my favorite, because the crowd was so alive to it and I was alive to them. Recorded at Cafe Artichoke, Portland, OR, 1/3/20.
Shakers (many of them made by me!) were shook, hands were clapped, and the holiday season became beautiful for me. This is the song chosen for the Local Roots Music NW Volume 5 CD coming out in early April, here performed in its solo acoustic version with a wonderfully participatory audience. Recorded at Atlantis Lounge, Portland, OR, 12/18/18.