Sometimes we forget what it’s like to be in it when we’ve gone through it. And sometimes when we’re in it we feel like we will never make it through.
When Halestorm released the 10th anniversary edition of their debut album last year, the band’s gale-force lead singer Lzzy Hale made an entry into her diary. She said it felt like she’s lived several lifetimes since the debut. She wrote about the hard times they went through together as a band. They were able to make it through those tough times. So I thought I would scrape up her words and share some of them with you here. If you’re a musician, there may be some inspiration in it for you.
American folk music legend Don McLean decided on a list of songs that he was going to perform at the annual Jeopardy! staff Christmas party, a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the musician at the request of the late Alex Trebek. The longtime Jeopardy host knew he didn’t have much time left as his cancer was terminal. Seeing McLean perform live was one of his final wishes.
I haven’t heard that phrase in decades but that’s what this student said in a surprise Zoom video call when she learned that she won a scholarship. Staff told her they had some follow-up questions to ask her as part of the application process as they were continuing to review the applications from students transitioning from high school to post-secondary education. Instead, they were actually planning to tell her that she was this year’s winner.
Their music gives off a vibe of being listened to in the 23rd century while being played on electronic devices and instruments in the mid-20th century. Notes are bent, sounds are warped, voices are soft, the volume goes up and down, the speed of the music changes, crackle and grit get in the way of the smoothness of their sound and gives it a vintage vinyl feel.
What if I told you that Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness, the Dalai Lama was dropping an album on his birthday next month? My initial reaction was “Fake news,” but then I thought what if it’s true?