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Liana Conway’s “Sunrise” is….Real - Interview
By Bob Zerull, Managing Editor
I love rooting for young
talents in the music industry. I particularly love rooting for the
young talents that get what it means to be a musician and an artist
and Liana Conway is one of those young talents. She’s not an
artist to be famous and make lots of money, she’s an artist
because she has to be. I hope that fame and success comes to her,
because she’s the real deal. Recently I got the chance to interview
Liana, check it out.
Liana Conway: Real. Sunrise
is my storybook. All the lessons I've learned and still haven't learned.
It's about falling in love and people leaving and picking yourself
back up again. It's about staying young even though we're all getting
older, remembering to smile because there is so much to smile about!
This album is a little bit of everything. Between the music and lyrics,
I'm confident it will traverse all ages.
LC: It’s the only
way I know how to make sense of this crazy world. Music gives me peace
and words give me clarity.
LC: I have these notebooks
I fill with words and thoughts and sentences and quotes I make up.
Some of them are poems and some of them are letters I’ll never
send. Some of them are angry and some of them are sad, some of them
are me counting my blessings, and some of them are me missing someone.
I derive all my lyrics from these notebooks. Once I write a melody,
the words are the easy part.
Z!: Do you need to feel inspired to write or can you write any time?
LC: I’ve never been
the kind of songwriter who can block out a specific time of day to
write. All my songs start out as thoughts or ideas I have that I get
at any given time. The voice memo app in my cell phone is full of
melodies and lyrics that I’ve come up with when I’m driving
or in the grocery store or even out at dinner. I could never write
when I’m not inspired. Although, luckily I’m inspired
easily so I write a lot!
LC: Crosby, Stills, Nash
& Young, The Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Eric
Clapton, The Beatles, Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix…I could go on
and on and on! I also loved the more pop-sy music from the same era
i.e. Fifth Dimension, The Temptations, Tommy James and the Shondells,
John Sebastian, The Drifters, etc. My father has this old Woodstock
VHS that I used to watch when I was around seven or eight (a.k.a.
too young to be watching it!)…and I loved every minute of it.
I love the music that came out of that time period. The tunes, the
lyrics…it’s all so raw and honest.
LC: The one artist that
I am constantly playing is Ryan Adams. He’s a musical and lyrical
genius. Michelle Branch is another favorite. Third Eye Blind too.
Recently, I’ve discovered a more alternative, singer-songwriter
group called Green River Ordinance whose sound and lyrics I am loving.
Eric Church’s new album Chief has also been on repeat for the