Shirlé Hale starts her solo career with the release of ‘Lullaby’, the premiere single from her debut solo album, The Silver Garden.
The formerly Baltimore based, now Portugal based artist has spent years in the music industry, first entering the scene in the mid-80s. After more than 30 years, Shirlé Hale has re-entered the playing field with her first solo album, The Silver Garden. The album is an ode to aging, and all the beautiful and hideous things that come with it. The first song off the album dropped on July 28th, ‘Lullaby’, is a bittersweet rock ballad. Hale wrote the song with bandmate Sei Petersen about the recent death of their mutual friend, successfully trying to honor their memory.
“It’s a sweet song that comes from a place of remembrance, of youth that knew no end, and a consideration of where we all are now,” Hale says in the description for the music video.
The music video introduces us to The Silver Garden that Hale centers the album around. It features Hale, sitting alone, in this glimmering garden of almost metallic plants. She sits alone at her piano, playing to no one but herself. The atmosphere is a grim, bittersweet sort of joy, a great representation of the celebration of life this song dedicates itself to. She sings to her piano and the camera, effectively inviting the audience to celebrate their own friends that they have lost to the world.
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Flow-bending artist aSanTIS discusses art, culture, and whether sound can solve the world’s problems in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
My interview with Amy Santis aka aSanTIS began in the most unexpected way. The Maryland-based flow-bending artist and lyrical storyteller came prepared to engage in conversation around questions I had posed – and she also brought one or two of her own thoughtful prompts based on her curiosities around my view of learning.
This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”
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