Follow up: what are some of your favorite Robert quotes ?
Ahh, fun question, thanks! There are so many - sometimes I listen to boots just to hear what nonsense he comes up with. Here are a few things that come to mind (not all during shows).
Earl’s Court - last night:
Robert to crowd: Are you loose?
Bonzo: Yes, yes, thank you.
Robert: I know you’re loose, Bonzo. Good Lord, he had diarrhea all the way through the last American tour. Loose is not the word. (Bonzo laughing) He’s got the only drum stool in the world that is a commode.
To Lisa Robinson in 1973:
“I like to think that people know we’re pretty raunchy and that we really do a lot of the things that people say we do. But what we’re getting across [onstage] is goodness. It ain’t ‘stand up and put your fist in the air—we want revolution.’ I’d like them to go away feeling the way you do at the end of a good chick, satisfied and exhausted. Some nights I look out and want to fuck the whole front row.”
Speaking about love in the 2014 article “Robert Plant’s Good, Big Life”
Robert: Don’t ever use the word. Not for a long, long time.
R: Because you can hurt people. It’s a very powerful word. It has quite remarkable effects.
I: When did you learn that?
R: When the first piece of silverware flew at me. When I wore the first piece of furniture. (Laughs) You think I’m joking.
:D I wonder who that was! Check out rambleonzep.com - they have transcripts of lots of shows and it is absolutely hilarious to read them. Also, check out this facebook page - lots of funny stuff and good pics. Thanks, anon! xo
Robert : “This is dedicated to um, an inbred, tail waggin, blue eyed, closed mouthed best friend I’ve ever had. Are you loose?”
Bonzo : “Yes, thank you !”
Robert : “I know you’re loose Bonzo. Good lord, he had diarhea all through the last American tour. Loose is not the word. He’s got the only drum stool in the world that is a comode. So we become looser and head further north towards Harlic where I once sat on a throne, oh christ, sorry Roy. ah Yes, we start speaking Welsh soon. Kana Humbant, which in Welsh means F-off. How bout that then eh? That’s all I know so far folks, but I know how to clap my hands.”
I’ve always admired musicians who err on the side of honesty. These artists give little clues to let you know that they are still human. It always gives me hope and comfort knowing that my idols also make mistakes, struggle to find themselves, and are imperfect.
In that same spirit I’ve decided to start writing publicly about my personal journeys. It’s therapeutic for me to get my thoughts out. This is why I’ve always written songs and performed music. I always feel better when I get my emotions down on paper…or into someone else’s ear. And hopefully, by doing this, I can provide some insight into my world and inspire some of you through my personal experiences.
So, lets start with my current vocal adventure, which I’m affectionately calling Lzzy 2.0.
Some of you may have noticed that over the past year I’ve been struggling with vocal issues. I fatigue a lot easier, I’ve been reaching for high notes that used to be no problem for me to hit, and for the first time ever (as San Francisco, Reno, Spokane and Vancouver know) I had to cancel the end of our last North American tour because I couldn’t even speak. To make matters more confusing, I also gained this weird “squeak” register that had become nearly impossible to control or avoid.
This was extremely scary for me, because since the beginning of Halestorm, I’ve never had vocal problems. I have always been able to sing with great ease and flexibility and I have always been very proud of taking good care of my voice. I stay well hydrated, eat well, do warm ups and cool downs etc. I took lessons from Steve Whiteman of KIX when I was a teen, and had remained true and unwavering to everything I was taught since then! So, it was like these problems came out of nowhere, and for no reason!
I went to more than a few vocal doctors who all put a camera down my throat to check me out. The diagnosis was always the same: I’m healthy, there’s nothing wrong. I have no nodes, polyps, scar tissue, hemorrhaging, bruising; I have nothing wrong with me! So, why am I having problems? This sent me into a rabbit hole of depression. I cried over letting people down, I was scared that I was broken, and I was ashamed and embarrassed of my shortcomings. I’m a fucking professional for christ’s sake! I just put out a new record, I’m at the top of my game…and my voice is not working!!! FUCK! My confidence that I’ve always prided myself on was shot. I used to walk into situations, like guesting with a friend on stage, or studio time, with no doubt in my mind that I could slay. But I was now hesitant and unsure of my abilities. I vented endlessly to my band mates, who know me better than anyone. This was the first time they had ever seen me like this. I felt really lost, and alone; like I had forgotten how to be me.
I know this all might sound dramatic to some of you, but imagine that the ONE THING that defines you (and happens to pay your bills and everyone else’s bills who works with and around you), your VOICE, all of a sudden felt foreign to you and no one could tell you what the problem is! It drove me quite literally out of my mind to the point where I was dreading going on tour, something I LOVE, for fear I couldn’t make it through a set. Yes, yes, playing with back tracks/ lip-syncing is always an option, but that’s just NOT how I roll! A personal decision I made long ago is that I will never mime in front of you guys. I’d rather suck on stage than fake it! So, as a last resort, I decided to start taking vocal lessons again. I thought that maybe if I refresh on some of the basics it’d be kind of like a hard reset for my voice. Enter Ron Anderson.
Ron is the best vocal coach there is right now. He’s worked with all kinds vocalists for over 25 years, and has been the personal coach of Myles Kennedy, M Shadows, Tom Keifer, Chris Cornell, Lenny Kravitz, Axl Rose, Anthony Kiedis, Haley Williams, and Christina Perri to name a few!
Into my first week of lessons, Ron asks me how old I am. I tell him I’m 31. He replies, “oh, well that explains a lot”. And went on to tell me something that no vocal coach or doctor ever mentioned before. He said that I’m going through my second vocal “thickening” it’s called. Which is basically like a second “puberty.” I’m experiencing changes in my vocal composition. This is why all the doctors said there was nothing wrong with me, because there isn’t anything wrong with me! I’m not broken; I’m just going through a natural change. Finally, a diagnosis!
This is something I never knew happened to female vocalists, everyone always talks about boys going through vocal changes, but not girls…but we go through it too. And on a personal level, apparently, my body does this in a fairly short amount of time. Even during my pre-teen years… I remember getting taller and my body changing very rapidly over one summer…I still have the stretch marks to prove it! I wanted to let you guys in on this because I feel like this “vocal thickening” is a subject that should be addressed more and that female vocalists should be informed that, yes, you will go through this in the beginning of your 30s, and most likely again later on in life. Don’t freak out! Its normal…a pain in the ass, but normal.
I’ll go into a bit of anatomy now to better explain to you what all this means. A vocalist depends on good vocal balance, flexibility and larynx memory to do what we do. Balance is achieved by keeping your vocal folds and surrounding muscles neutral, it should feel like you are doing no hard work to resonate. Flexibility is the agility and freedom of your voice while singing. Larynx memory is basically like singing by “feel” instead of just making sound and aiming for a note. It’s knowing, through practice, all the notes in your range, and how they feel on the inside. So you can literally, sing anything you can think of, on key, even without a musical reference. It’s important to know your voice very well. For 18 years of Halestorm, this is how I’ve always sung. Also, remember, your vocal cords are just two delicate bands inside your throat that run on air pressure. It takes a balance of air pressure and those vocal folds meeting and communicating with each other for everything to work. When that balance is disrupted, it’s like a domino effect; everything starts breaking down.
When my voice started to change, my larynx memory shifted due to the thickening of my vocal folds. My balance was thrown off and to compensate for the lack of ease and flexibility, I was pushing more air than needed in order to get sound and tiring myself out quicker. And singing on a tired voice leads to swelling and singing on a swollen voice (because there’s still a gazillion days of tour left) leads to total hoarseness…you get the picture. Ron also told me that the effect this change is having on me is more noticeable because I actually USE my entire range. But you know what, I’m proud of using my entire range on all these albums and eps. I have built a vocal empire of “fuck yes” and I would rather be dealing with these changes now than have played it safe all those years ago. After all, I’ve never been a woman who included the phrases “just in case” and “what if” in her vocabulary.
But there is a little positive bonus that came with my second “thickening”… remember that squeaky register that I talked about earlier? Ron and I found out that it is a whole other resonance in the top of my head voice resonance that has expanded my range an octave! Woo hoo! Rob Halford high notes here I come! Speaking of whom, here’s a fun fact for you: if any of you watch some live videos of us playing “Dissident Aggressor” by Judas Priest in the past year or so, I occasionally would tap into this register at the beginning and end note…before I even knew what it was.
So, “how is it going” you ask?? Well, it’s the beginning of a journey. I am currently still working with Ron Anderson, and slowly getting to know my “new voice.” He is like a spirit guide for my vocals, helping me get re-balanced and back to basics, all the while getting me fully in control of this new high register I’ve achieved. This is not going to be fixed over night; I’m breaking some old habits and developing new ones. I am in the middle of a metamorphosis, but I am dedicated and I’m going to do whatever it takes because, honestly, this is not a choice. I want to sing forever.
In addition to my lessons, I’ve also been taking my lifestyle changes a bit further to better my vocal health. I’ve revamped my diet and my rules of the road, and I’m also trying not to get so stressed and “inside my own head” about everything. My manager, Bill McGathy, whom I saw in London last week, told me I seem happier than he’s seen me in while. Good to know it’s showing!
The bottom line here is that Change is really terrifying and also very exciting. It’s hard to let go of who you were and embrace who you are, but I guess that’s part of growing up. It’s about breaking the habits and instead of continually mourning the loss of the old you…have a funeral for your past, and move on. And today, I think I’m finally ready for Lzzy 2.0.
Johnny Marr is set to mark this year’s Record Store Day with a numbered limited edition 7” release of his interpretation of Depeche Mode’s 1993
classic ‘I Feel You’. Marr played the track live during the closing
shows of last December’s North American tour. The single’s b-side is a
live version of The Smiths’ ‘Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I
“I don’t know guys. I can’t get y/n out of my mind.” Harry
sighed as he ran his hand through his hair. “And I know that we have only been
talking for a little bit, but it seems like I’ve known her a lifetime. And I
know that it sounds weird, and that I shouldn’t even be saying this, but I
think I want to spend the rest of my life with her.” Harry says looking down at
his hands, waiting for the disapproval of his bandmates.
There was a long silence, at first no one really knew what
to say. Then Niall finally spoke up, “Well that’s great man, I am glad you
found someone that makes you feel that way. “He said patting Harry on the back.
“Really?” Harry looked so confused at Niall’s reaction.
“Yeah man, I mean I hope that if I was feeling this for any
girl or woman as you are, that you guys would approve as well.” Niall said as
he patter Harry’s back.
“Thank you man, that means a lot, you have no idea.” Harry
said as he gave Niall one of the cheekiest smiles.
“Well of course we are happy for you man. We just didn’t
expect this. I wish nothing but the best for you. And if this girl is the girl
of your dreams, then I wish you nothing but the best lad.” Louis said from
across the table.
“Thanks man, we just haven’t gone public yet, since we have
no idea how the fans are going to react, or management. You know?” Harry said
looking concerned. “But also at this point, I don’t even care, I just want to
shout from the roof top to the world that she’s mine.” Harry added.
“Then that’s what you should do, who cares what the fans
say, or management. As long as you’re happy that’s all that matters mate.” Liam
said looking at Harry.
“So Niall, any lucky lady in your life right now?” The
“There is one at the moment that I’ve been talking to.” Niall
says to the lady, but says nothing more, no matter how much she is pestering
him for information. And so the interview continues.
When the interview is done the boys head back to the
dressing room the boys are all looking at Niall, waiting for him to speak.
“Well…” Harry finally speaks up. “Are you ever going to tell us about this
lucky lady you’ve been talking to?” Harry asks as the other boys were also
wondering the same thing.
“I was waiting for the right moment to tell you guys, but
there wasn’t one, so I thought now is better than none.” Niall says as he sits
down and takes a sip of his water. “We have been talking since the last part of
American tour. We met when I was the only one that wanted Chipotle, we were
both in line, and we just started talking.” Niall adds. “I don’t know mates, I
really like her. She doesn’t just like me because I am part of the biggest boy
band in the world, she actually likes me. Plain old Niall from Mullingar. She
is like a breath of fresh air.” He says as the boys just look at him, all with
a smile on their face.
“That is great man, I am so glad you finally found someone
like that. Everyone deserves that in their life.” Louis says.
“Thanks mate” Niall says and by the tone of his voice, he is
so happy and excited the he is finally getting the boys blessing. “I just need
to find a creative way to ask her to be my girlfriend now.” He laughs and the
other boys join him.
As all they boys were sitting on the tour bus, they were
just talking like all guys do. And it finally came around to Liam’s turn and
Harry asked “So Liam, how’s y/n?”
Liam could tell that all the boys were paying half attention
since they were mostly on their phones, and so was he. He was actually
surprised that he heard Harry’s question.
“Well guys, she’s amazing. She is everything that I have
been looking for. y/n is like no one I’ve ever met before” And by this point
all the boys had put their phones down and had started listening to Liam talk
about y/n. “I can come to her about anything and everything and she knows how
to respond, how to calm me down, or how to even cheer me up after I’ve had a
bad night.” Liam looked up to the boys and smiled, and they were all smiling
back, as he took a deep breathe, he started talking again.
“I just want to be with her all the time, I know the tour makes it hard, but
whenever we get to see each other it is all worth it. Doesn’t matter how long
we were apart from one another, it’s just like we were never apart.”
“Mate, that’s fantastic, I’m so happy for you.” Niall said
with a smile on his face, and a smile was on all the boys’ faces.
And as promptly as they all looked up, they all went back to
scrolling on their phones until someone thought of something or someone else to
Louis would never shut up about you. If he had free time,
and is someone else didn’t bring up something first, the first that would be
out of Louis’ mouth would be your name. The boys did not really mind since they
knew that you really did make Louis happy.
“Today y/n sent me the cutest picture of her getting ready.
You know I realized mates, that she does not need any makeup to be beautiful.
She is beautiful regardless. She makes my heart skip a beat just by seeing her
face. No matter what is on it.” They boys laughed as he passed around his phone
showing them the picture he was talking about.
“So we can assume that she makes you happy Lou?” Liam said
half laughing, and the other boys laughing as well.
“Happy is an understatement Liam my boy. She makes my heart
race, she gives me butterflies, and she makes me feel like the luckiest guy in
the world. But at the same time she makes me more nervous than when we are
performing at the largest arenas of the world.” Louis said. “I do believe that
she is the best thing that has and ever will happen to me.”
And just like that, like somehow you knew that he was
talking about your, name popped up on his phone screen, with a picture of your
beautiful face. And just like that Louis excused himself from the boys and
picked up the phone.
I have decided to keep Zayn off… Kinda just made sense since he has not been part of One Direction for a while now. Anyways, hope you enjoy.
And I know that I have not posted in a while, i’ve been super busy with my job, and school just started. So I will try to keep you posted with new preferences as soon as I can.