normal fauna FAqs
Q: I noticed that in some of your photos and videos you are wearing sunglasses indoors. Why?
A: Those actually are not sunglasses, they are prescription eyeglasses with what is called an FL-41 (very dark pink) tint. Thanks to these lenses, migraines (which I used to get at least once a month) are a thing of the past! I also have far less eyelid twitching than I used to have.
Typically I wear them when there is bright stage or outdoor lighting, or I need to be able to read a phone or computer. I do sometimes go without glasses on stage or in photos, and wear a brimmed hat to block the light, or I wear distance vision glasses with a lighter pink tint. But when I wear the dark lenses, it's not so I can look cool, although I'll cop to being happy not to futz around as much with eye makeup.
Q: How did you come up with the name Normal Fauna?
A: I used to do medical transcription and frequently transcribed the results of cultures, which grow out "normal flora" if they are negative for infection. One day I told my partner and he said, "You mean as opposed to normal fauna?" and thus a music nym was born. The idea, of course, is that "normal fauna," as such, don't really exist. Added bonus: Fauna can be singular or plural, so I can bring in other musicians and we can all be Normal Fauna.
Q: But why not just use your name, Andee Joyce, instead of Normal Fauna?
A: I have been known to perform as either one, and don't have a problem being booked under my actual name if that is what the booker prefers. But part of why I associate my music with the nym Normal Fauna is that I also have an identity as a writer (of prose) under the name Andee Joyce, and Normal Fauna will make it easier for people who are looking up my music to find it. Also, let's be real, Normal Fauna looks cooler on a T-shirt (and there are going to be T-shirts). But please do call me Andee (not Fauna!).
Q: Are you the same Andee Joyce who wrote the young adult novel THE AMY VIRUS that was featured on the Multnomah County (Portland, OR) Overdrive e-book system in 2017?
A: Yes! And a paper version (more condensed than the original) will be forthcoming from Autonomous Press. When I have an official pub date I will let y'all know.