Art and Lisa Talk About Their New Album "Healin Time"
Roberto Alvarez-Galloso | November 6, 2010 at 03:07 pmby
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1. What was the purpose behind "Healin Time"?
This CD was such a wonderful way for us to express things that we might
not ever say out loud to someone without the use of the music. . The CD
in general is about relationships, reconciliation, forgiveness,
acceptance, moving forward, and learning to forgive yourself.
2. How long did it take for you to record "Healin Time"?
We started recording back in April, and just really took our time. We
would go to the studio and do maybe two songs. Work on those two songs
til they were almost complete and then a month or so later we would come
back and do another couple of songs. Several of the songs were actually
written in the months we were working on the CD. One song that Art wrote
was even partially written outside the studio while I was inside
recording my vocals.
3. What are some of the songs in "Healin Time" and their significance?
Art and I have been through some really rough times this past year, both
together and seperately. The song "Healin' Time" was written from me to
Art, to let him know I'm here for the long haul, no matter what goes on
in our lives and around us, just like I know he is for me.
"Broken Without You (Briana's Song)" I wrote to my daughter, who is 24 and
just moved 1400 miles away to start a new life of her own, it just broke
my heart. So I sat down and wrote what I felt. If we have done our jobs as
parents, our children will desire to move out on their own, and have their
own lives, but that doesn't change how hard it is for us as parents to let
Sands of Lubbock is a song that I wrote sort of not really knowing why I
was writing it. It just flowed out of me. I was born in Lubbock, Texas
but moved away when I was pretty young. I have very few memories of the
place, and yet have always felt this draw to go back there and get to
know my real home town. The line in the song "you can't run from who you
are and what you're always gonna be, and the sands of Lubbock, Texas are
still blowin' straight through me", well I guess that's just how I feel.
No matter where I have been I've always known just who I am and where I
come from, even though I don't know the town well, In my mind, it's an
unpretentious place, where all are welcome and made to feel at home. A
down home, nobody is a stranger kind of place. I feel a sense of pride to
be from Lubbock. My mom always used to tell me stories of her life in
Lubbock, and our family when I was younger. So, I guess, even though I
don't know it well, it still feels like my home and my family.
The song "Mama's Prayers" is a song I wrote in April of 2009 to sing at my
church for my mom on Mother's Day. My mom was very sick with cancer, but
we had no idea that she would pass on just one month after Mother's day. I
sang that song for her at church and at her funeral. I always knew my mom
prayed for me. I was somewhat of a wild child in my teens and early
twenties, and I know for certain, that without my mama's prayers covering
me, I would not be who I am today. Who I am is someone she was proud of.
"Long Gone" is one that Art wrote after a fight we had. That's all I'm
gonna say about that, except that, the fight was worth it since he got a
great song from it.
"Mother Of Pearl" written by Art, came about because Art and I were out
listening to one of our favorite local bands "Lloyd Bonham Band", who are
all friends of ours and the bass player instead of cursing would say
"mother of pearl" every time he felt the need to swear, and about the
fourth time I turned to Art and said wow that's a song "mother of pearl".
I had intended to go home and write a song inspired by it, but went to bed
and Art stayed up and wrote the song. So I have to tell everyone how he
stole my idea for a song. It really is a great song though. We have very
different writing styles. So it's nice to see what he comes up with in
contradiction to what I might have written.
4. Have you done any promotion tours for your new album?
We have been doing some traveling. We recently played Poor David's Pub in
Dallas and The Back Porch Bar down in Port Aransas. We still have stuck
pretty regularly to the Texas Hill Country. We have lots of work here and
a pretty good fan base. We are trying to stretch our wings a bit and just
enjoying what we do and the people we meet in this wonderful life.
We are planning a couple of CD release parties here in the Hill Country
and will be doing some local advertising. Since we are not with any label,
we have to do all of the promotions ourselves, and it's expensive and time
consuming. We try to work the areas where people know us. It definately
helps when good folks like you do interviews that help us get the word out
that we have a new CD coming out and it's something we are really proud
of. We really enjoyed taking our time with it.
5. What is your message for your audeince and music lovers around the
world about "Healin Time"?
Love each other and enjoy each other while you are here. Don't sweat the
small stuff. Be forgiving of each other.
It has been a pleasure to interview you again. My best wishes to you in the success of your latest album which is one of the gems to have emerged in this time of year.
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