Scranton’s Rachel Lucille Woodworth creates Mediterranean musings under moniker LittleStarRun
Rachel Lucille Woodworth grew up in Scranton, but her musical moniker, LittleStarRun, grew up in Athens, Greece.
“Being in another culture and away from where I grew up and being in touch with so many different energies, it really put me in a different mindset,” Woodworth said. “I don’t think I would’ve made the music I make never having left the space because it definitely opened up my senses to a lot of things.”
Woodworth visited Athens while touring Europe with a Cirque du Soleil-esque circus theater company. She said she became overwhelmed with the landscape and the energy of the Mediterranean city, and after returning to America, decided to make a permanent move from The Electric City to the birthplace of Western civilization. She remained there for the better part of a decade.
“When I was in Greece I started to write songs kind of spontaneously, just vocally,” Woodworth said. “After that, I decided to try and accompany myself and I learned to play guitar.”
Barring a brief stint with the clarinet in middle school, Woodworth’s pre-Athens musical endeavors involved spectating as part of the Scranton music scene. Today she plays almost every instrument on her studio recordings. On her first single, “Wilting,” Woodworth forces each sound to work together to create a landscape dotted with lyrics built from marble slabs of Hellenic inspiration.
“A lot of my music is inspired by dreams that I have that combine a lot of visual elements that I’ve seen through my travels,” Woodworth said. “Alienation, time travel, astral projection, dreams. There’s definitely a lot of love and loss like all music.”
Scranton and Athens are on separate continents, but Woodworth said she discovered a strong connection between the two after she returned to America: nature and the simple life. Her live show reflects those elements with what she described as a “mature, folky sound,” something forced upon her by her inability to play every instrument in her arrangements at once.
Woodworth said she’s looking to fill out her live lineup to better reflect her studio sound. Until then, catch an unplugged LittleStarRun June 11, at Scranton Zine Fest, an all-day event at Adezzo Coffee Shop, 515 Center St., Scranton, or listen to her full arrangements at littlestarrun.bandcamp.com.
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