Hi Giselle, welcome to VENTS! How have you been? HI VENTS! Great! Getting ready for this Thursday’s benefit that I’m hosting.
Q: Can you talk to us more about your new song “Hazy Eyes”? A: The song is a single take audio recording of the vocals and piano. We had the strings come in later. It’s a pretty raw recording. We left certain imperfections such as breaths and piano creeks in there.
Q: Tell us about the inspiration behind the track. A: The song is inspired about my grandmother who helped raise me from the time I was born. When I wrote it she had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s for a few years. Every time we saw each other it got more difficult because her memories were basically all gone. It’s about the pain and regret of being on the other side and the hope that maybe she does or will have some of our memories left.
Q: How was the recording and writing process? A: Painful. I wrote the chorus and never came back to the song. Finally one day, I sat down on my bed crying until I finished it. As far as recording it…that was no fun either. My producer, Adam Tilzer, had me sing it a couple times straight through. He took the second full take.
Q: What was it like filming the upcoming video for it? A: I feel like I’m being redundant, but also not easy. Mason Beggs, the director, wanted to do it in one full take. I did about 9 takes of the song and had to chose. I was never able to fully keep it together. My grandmother had just passed away and her funeral was the day after.
Q: How did you team up with Alzheimer’s New Jersey? A: I wanted to make a difference and do their walk and help any way I could. I ask a lot of questions and I told them why I wanted to help and this sort of happened.
Come to the event this Thursday at Raval Jersey City. Tickets are $25 (includes a free drink and a $20 donation to ALZ NJ). If you can’t make it, they can donate via the same link. All proceeds go to ALZ New Jersey (www.alznj.org).
Q: How has this illness influenced you as an individual and artist? A: My grandmother was one of my best friends growing up. I saw her as a hero and to see her disintegrate and lose her memories had a big effect on me. I’m still dealing with many emotions because of this disease. The hardest one is anger. There has been so little improvement. As an artist, I would like to use my voice to help change that. Q: Any plans to hit the road? YES! Working on that plan as we speak.