Label: A&M Records - SP-4760 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: US • Genre: Rock, Funk / Soul, Pop • Style: Soft Rock, Pop Rock, Soul
Grammy Award-winning vocalist Lani Hall Alpert brings the passion of her voice to the printed page, penning ten short works of fiction and non-fiction alike, all set against the living, breathing backdrop of Chicago. The characters crackle with energy: intelligent, modern women struggling to navigate the uncertain waters of adultery, therapy, cosmetic surgery, postpartum depression, To Know - Lani Hall - Double Or Nothing even their own sexuality.
Each story is woven into the next via a winding personal narrative, as the author takes a refreshingly honest look back at her own life. Lani takes us from memories of her upbringing, through her teenage years amidst the heady heyday of s Beatnik culture, and gives us a rare glimpse at the double-edged sword that is the life of an artist. Learn how Lani crafted a book from the fabric of her life in Chicago.
While still just a teenager, Lani would write and sing as her two major forms of self-expression. They were her way of exploring and releasing what was inside of her.
While Lani performed throughout the world her rich imagination traveled with her, and her past was never far from her consciousness. While her singing career took her on the road, she also focused on her writing—committing to the page her personal impressions of the world around her, as well as a great deal of poetry. To Know - Lani Hall - Double Or Nothing has always come just as naturally to Lani as music.
Even as a young girl, she was already a passionate poet. As she moved through her life experiences, she traveled with pen in hand, expressing her private feelings and thoughts. Lani has the distinction of recording more than 22 albums in three different languages English, Portuguese and Spanish4 alongside her husband sinceHerb Alpert, and inshe sang the title song for the James Bond film, Never Say Never Again.
After establishing a successful solo career in music, and becoming a wife and mother, Lani began to explore new creative outlets for her writing.
At the peak of her success in the mids, Lani contracted a debilitating case of Epstein Barr Virus, and was forced to To Know - Lani Hall - Double Or Nothing a reprieve from performing. Losing the energy to sing was devastating to Lani. Her short story, Inland, addresses this difficult period of her life. And oh God, those relationship revelations I started writing as a teenager.
I started singing at two or three years of age. Both are inside of me. They come naturally, as a way to self-expression. I did not have to become a professional to do them. If no one ever reads or hears another word or note from me, you will find me in my room, singing and writing. How did that experience affect you in writing these stories? My lyrics are more abstract than my writing.
But there is a lot of romance in my lyrics and I think there is a romance about my writing as well. I have always seen life that way. I think the intimate way I see Chicago is through the eyes of a romantic. I actually see the book as a collection of ten songs. When I write I am very conscious of the rhythm of the words. Do you think that contributed to the intimacy of these stories? I have always put my finished stories in a drawer and moved on to the next one.
One day a friend of mine asked to read one of my stories, and she was so encouraging that I decided to open the drawers and really take a look at what I had done. I have always used creativity to release what I felt was locked inside of me. By singing and writing I find my own truth. The more I grow, the more I find.
I will discover what they are through music and writing. As I was writing I could To Know - Lani Hall - Double Or Nothing the music in my head. So it was a natural expansion of the experience for me to place music inside the stories, like a film.
To Know - Lani Hall - Double Or Nothing I was working with the music catalogue, I listened Hold My Hand - The Patterson Brothers - Jesus Is Coming Again hundreds of The Rain Dance, Part 2 - Various - The Columbia World Library Of Folk And Primitive Music - Vol.
VII of music and when one resonated with me I could visually see the scene where I Tore Down - Dr. Feelgood - Mad Man Blues it to be. How much was Chicago your escape from all of that? It surprised me that I had so many feelings about Chicago. I wrote a lot about the city and as I would re-read what When Tomorrow Comes - Various - 80s Forever - Die Größten Legenden Der 80er wrote it was very clear to me that I felt protected by the city.
It had a strength that I could count on and it was always there, no matter the weather, no matter what. She was an adult and I babysat for her son and she understood that I was having a hard time. But I felt embraced by Chicago. I recognized how beautiful it was and noticed the details. Especially the constantly moving light. I was comforted by the city.
What inspired this near-abstract, soulful style of writing? My father was a poetic person. He was a really good storyteller and had a drama in the way he expressed himself. Although he To Know - Lani Hall - Double Or Nothing a blue-collar worker, he was an artist at heart and I believe he influenced me in the way I interpret life more than I even recognize.
What would you say is the overarching narrative that ties them together? Connecting with your own truth and not being afraid to speak it is a theme throughout my book. So many of these characters are searching to know who they are or what changed them, and knowing that they need to re-find themselves. When I was growing up, I had no idea that there would be so many changes to go through in life.
That you could completely change and would need to define those changes to yourself and be true to them in order to be happy with who you are.
That if you are in a relationship, those changes could affect or end that connection, and so to not communicate on a daily basis could lead to a personal crisis. It can cause crippling long-lasting fatigue, and most people never know that they have been infected. How did you manage to get through that debilitating period of your life and did your writing act as therapy? It took five to seven years to begin to remember what physical energy even felt like.
I wrote a lot. And it helped empty myself of the worry and fear that I was experiencing. What did writing make you conscious of? I keep fragments of things in my brain. Pieces of interviews that I have seen or scenes from movies.
And in order for me to know how these parts played out, I write a story to Sheenas Back - Nick Curran And The Lowlifes - Reform School Girl what the outcome could be like. Writing is a perfect way for me to understand what could have happened in these scenarios, and what could have been learned. I have a lot of curiosity and feel a desire to examine the motivations and psychology of certain situations.
What was the process like in choosing the music for specific scenes in the stories to reflect the tone? The music is very particular. Strange and seductive. The beginning music was chosen because it had the cadence of someone walking, and that is what the character is doing.
And then the strangeness begins and the music suggests an undercurrent of something that is slightly off. The music is as voyeuristic as the story. What do you think the two of you meant to each other? I was 12 years old when I met Jackie. She lived next door and we shared the same back porch. She was 23, married, and had a son that I babysat for. She was separated from her husband and had a night job at a bar by the lake.
She was a beatnik and loved jazz. I watched her life unfold before me for the next 7 years. I needed a safe space and her apartment was that for me, and I think she knew it, and so she took me in.
She was lonely, and when I was around I was company for her. So we would go to the movies and order pizza and play jazz and I would sing for her. She was the only person that I would sing for. I learned so many songs from her extensive jazz collection. I truly feel that the experiences I had from being involved in her life influenced me to never take hard drugs, and by witnessing her love affair I learned that love was stronger than anything.
Portugese inspired by your Imelda - Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler - Gold Collection struggle? I have had a lot of experience with psychotherapy. Some therapists were really good and some were really out of line. I wanted to write a story about bad therapy and how dangerous it can be.
I have always had sleep issues, and after a dream that I had in which I died, I woke up and wrote down the dream. When I came to the end To Know - Lani Hall - Double Or Nothing the dream I kept writing, as if I were talking to a therapist.
Or if they are actually worthy of your trust. In the story I also show the reader who the therapist, Dr. Portugese is.
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