In November I spent a weekend in the studio recording demos of my new songs. My intention was to keep the recordings to myself, and use them to help me decide which songs I should include on my next album. After my first listen I fell in love with “White Flag”, and knew that I wanted to forego my plan and share it instead. It was recorded in just a few takes and it isn’t mixed or mastered. It’s in the raw and I think that’s why I love it so much.
Shortly after my recording session I started talking with my good friend Adrian Centoni about filming a video together. Lemolo has played shows with Adrian’s band, Colonies, over the years and I knew he would be a treat to work with. The timing seemed perfect to record a video to my demo of “White Flag”, and as soon as he explained his vision for the project I was in. We took a trip to Mt. Rainier National Park, and we spent the day galavanting in the snow and exploring narrow forest roads. A special thank you to Adrian Centoni and Terence Ankeny for withstanding the cold so this video could happen.
I hope you enjoy this video for my solo version of “White Flag”, filmed and directed by Adrian Centoni.
It’s tour time! Come meet my new drummer Emily and get a preview of the new songs we have been hard at work on. See you in the new year!
I’m so thrilled to be sharing the stage with Mary Lambert and Pollens at the Showbox in February! This show is all ages and will be my first local show with a new lineup and new tunes. Looking forward to celebrating with you! Tickets here.
Last weekend I spent my time holed up in the studio recording demos of all of my new tunes. I recorded seventeen new songs, and am really excited about how they turned out. I’m looking forward to spending a lot of time listening to these, working on making them better, and figuring out which ones to put on the next Lemolo record. I can’t wait to share these new songs with you!
The last few months have been a big time of transition for me and I have been staying busy rounding out my vision for the future. There are still a lot of unknowns, but I have been writing new songs like a maniac and am really excited about how they are coming along. Right now I have about twenty new songs, although some are more finished than others. Sometime in the next month I hope to get into the studio and record demos of all of them. I think that will be a great next step and will help me determine which songs I want to put on the next album and which songs I want to keep working on. Last week was also a big week for me as I bought myself some new pedals and a new keyboard! For the last twelve years I have been playing an old Yamaha keyboard my parents gifted me in high school. It has served me well, but I’m more than ready to move on. :) Having new equipment is such a dream. I’m looking forward to spending the next few weeks hunkered down in my bedroom studio experimenting with it, and I’ll be sure to keep you posted on my progress.
This is Yvonne McPherson, and she is kissing her husband Rico. That is their son, Hayden standing close by. They are a beautiful family full of love, but the sad reality is that Rico was recently diagnosed with stage four liver cancer and was told he only has a handful of months to live. Not only that but he was also denied healthcare coverage. I have never understood why bad things can happen to such good people.
Yvonne and Rico live in Ballard and are both hairstylists. Yvonne owns and operates Poulsbo’s Inspiritu Salon, and I had the pleasure of meeting her back in 2009 when I needed a fresh haircut for a Lemolo show. I think I actually asked her to fix the terrible mess I made when I attempted to cut my own bangs (a mistake I will never make again). In 2010 she was the master creator behind the perm that I gifted Kendra for Christmas. Do you remember that perm? Yvonne has been a part of my family ever since, always encouraging me in my music and supporting the band to no end.
As soon as I heard about the struggle that her family is going through, I knew I had to share her story with you. I invite you to Fight Against Cancer with Team McPherson on Facebook, and get to know my friends. The way that they are handling this struggle with such grace and positivity amazes me, and I know they would love your support.