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Channeling essences of hard-driving sassy blues, sultry jazz, and mellow folk, Licia sings with an intimacy, warmth, and room filling resonance that invites listeners in. Her sharp insightful lyrics reach for the truth with an inspired mix of vulnerability, ironic humor, sensuality, and wonder.
Her newest CD, Time's Song is available through CDBaby.com:
Note from Licia:
My Non-conventional Bio
When you do something just for love over the span of a lifetime, when it feels as necessary as breathing, there might come a time when you recognize it as essentially part of who you are. The artist's place in our ambivalent culture of hero worship and simultaneous shunning of perceived lesser talents, makes this self knowing a vulnerable and almost dangerous thing to reveal to anyone, much less a public audience. How many among us have it in our souls to sing with the ease and exuberance of birds in spring? I believe we all have it within us.
I have always been a singer. Some of my best early memories are of singing. Singing in the echoey bathroom of my elementary school when I thought no one was around to hear, singing while walking alone with my dog, at the top of my lungs, again with no one around. I suppose I've always been a songwriter too; because I never knew the words to the songs on the radio, I always sang spontaneously, whatever words and melodies came to me. On a path in the woods, by the stream-- it was my secret-- my voice, my joyful, vibrant soul being the most me it could be.
I've been keeping secret notebooks an journals since I was a kid too. Notes and letters, stories and poems, on boxes of index cards, steno pads, spiral bound and composition books. Sketch books full of paintings and drawings, and words. Even with the losses incurred with many moves, I still managed to accumulate bookshelves, boxes, and drawers full of them.
Now, in my fifties, and my kids grown up, I have lived a few lifetimes of love and heartbreak, work, and daily strife, the rat-race and the sublime moments of family and friends that make it possible to enjoy life. I finally have the space to explore the public life of this very private part of myself, parsing and measuring what of my secrets and emotions to be revealed, and where, when, how.
So I am on a journey of being more myself, more out and in the world, more in the public eye, with what had always felt like the best part of me. How to remain true to that special feeling, to that interior soul light, and reveal it with an audience at the same time, is the question, the challenge, the growing edge, the thing I am immersed in as a writer and performer.
I am finding the delight in resonance-- the spark of recognition, of sympathy and sameness when an audience hears the words, the emotion of the melody rings true not just for me, but for them too. My spirit gets to be connected with your spirit. We share a moment of union-- sometimes rocking to a blues number about traffic on the highway, sometimes crooning a sexy love song about coffee in the morning, sometimes flowing to a slow ballad about my favorite place in the woods. So the listener who hears this and gets it, is on the journey with me.