Here marks the end of one era and the beginning of another. It is as if I have let the secrets out like a herd of wild horses on the island of Assateague. They are of every color…some tame as a newborn foal…others as hostile as stallions. They are beautiful and frightening. I can’t help but wonder what the world thinks when they hear the roar of my drove of secrets coming around the bend.
So many melodies I have composed over the years…from the gut wrenching heartbreak to the angry outcry to the state of forgiveness and grace. My music is an ocean. Waves constantly crashing against shore of my mind…causing me to reflect, to change…to adapt.
And what I have discovered along my journey is my purpose…to love and be loved...to be human as well as something strange and unforgettable. For all too often, the human race forgets to evolve. We remain trapped in the swamps of our souls…forgetting to trudge though the grimy spaces to the place we call home. And as such, we hold on to the losses, the failures…the endeavors never partaken in.
How is it I found the courage to keep moving? For surely, I had no idea what I would find on the edge of my pitiful safe zone…I merely had to believe it would awaken me to more than what I imagined possible. By some miracle and grace of God, I did not drown…even as I fatigued…I was never alone. I heard the voice of hope calling me out of the grave I so willingly and obliviously buried myself in.
And now the day is here. I have the evidence to prove my triumph over my own inadequacies. Songs are my testimony that I survived…and not only so…but I rose up and conquered. I am learning to love my scars...appreciate my imperfections…for they are all part of my design. And without them I would not have the motivation to inspire and awaken the hearts who have given up on their journey.
What magnificent people I have in my life…they never permitted me to stop moving. What they saw in me I will never know…but it is only because of them that I did not burn to ashes and instead became a fire that consumed the brokenness…becoming something safe, warm and powerful.
So here’s to the journey…here’s to the moment of truth. Here’s to you, to me…to music…to life.
Thank you all for your love and support.
Stevie Lynne's new album 'Liars' is being released on March 30th. Celebrate the event at the Ridlers Piano Bar located in Spokane WA. Free CD with entry!
Special Guests include Owner Emily Ridler, Cellist Sean Lamont and an exciting performance by local artist Luke Yates!
The Ridler Piano Bar
718 West Riverside Avenue
Come out and get your signed copy of the new album "Liars". Doors open at 7PM. $10 at the door.
Call for more information @ 509-828-7251
There is something so exciting yet terrifying about sharing my music with the general public. Now that my new album Liars is coming out this spring, I am trying to prepare myself for the limelight that will be shining on my life story. I realize that I will be exposing dark corners in my history and revealing my most difficult thoughts and experiences. There is some part of me that is relieved to finally open up about who I am behind closed doors. But with each day that passes, I start to recognize that in doing so, I will no longer be able to pretend that I am untouched by afflictions…that I too have secrets.
The title of Liars finally anchored down after I had written the song by the same name. It represented to me the entirety of what I wanted to convey through this album. Just like all my other songs, Liars stems from personal experiences. It was the one event in particular that I thought would break me that inspired me to write it.
People lie…whether it is a friend, a family member, a lover…and occasionally it is ourselves. Often times the lie affects the way we view ourselves, who we are, whether or not we are valuable. It redefines how we approach the world around us. Sometimes it is bitterness that controls us, other times it is fear. But no matter the feeling attached to a betrayal, it is so very difficult to rise out of the ashes after the fire has died away.
Months had passed since I had discovered the truth about someone I loved. I slowly started to awaken from the nightmare turned reality. In time, I realized I was healing regardless of my best efforts to hold onto my brokenness, my pain and my anger. I was moving forward despite my wounded heart and my life was a beautiful consequence another person’s lie. I was not shackled to what I had lost. I was free because I knew the truth. I woke up one morning with a jolt of motivation. What they had done could not keep me down. In fact, I had grown wings in their absence. Their actions had created a phoenix. And I suddenly could see that I was able to forgive without the need for justice because I had grown stronger than they could have ever imagined.
When I sat in front of my piano that day, I wasn’t angry or bitter. I couldn’t even say I was sad, for the tears running down my cheeks were those of bold liberation. I had purpose and value. No matter what suffering I had known…I was going to fly. And this is my hope for each one of you…that you find the strength to rise up higher than the liars.
“Liar, you can’t keep me down. Oh Liar, I took away your crown. I’m not ashes in the fire and I’ll keep rising higher. You can’t keep me down. You can’t keep me down…Liar.”
– Stevie Lynne, Liars 2015
My single, Liars, will be available online on March 1st. The album will be released Spring 2015. Thank you for all your support.