Viens: “The Romantic is a declaration – a burning flare shot into the vast night sky
that says: no matter how many times my heart has been beat up and broken, in spite
of divorce, and lost loves, and longing, I’m still here and I still believe in true love, because
I’ve lived it, and I know it exists and we should never give up hope for it. At the same time,
the song celebrates independence and self containment and the idea of not settling for an experience that is not worthy or fulfilling. The song holds both ideas at once: that we can feel utterly whole and even happy as a single person, but also be open to love, and that when the time comes and the right person comes into our lives, we will be willing to surrender.”
TUTV: Yesterday Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders announced details of the release
of their 12th LP and shared the first single. I swear, if somebody had told me that it
was this song called The Romantic and played it to me I would have believed it was the Pretenders (and I still would). Why? It’s an instantly working guitar-pop earworm, both frolic and punchy, just like the Pretenders made lots of and Viens‘ glam voice resembles Chrissie Hynde‘s vox. It’s magic in motion. It’s a solid gold hit. A tantalizing triumph. Trust me, Girl With A Hawk are for real.
Songstress Linda Viens and some of Boston‘s rock legends operating together under
the moniker GIRL WITH A HAWK released their new piece SAME STARS a couple of weeks ago. An emotive story about Viens brother’s incarceration and the toll the situation took
on the family.
Viens: “There are times, lucky times, when songs come through the ether to the writer fully formed. ‘Same Stars’ is one of those songs. In the middle of the night as I tossed and turned, feeling my brother’s body and mind and spirit simultaneously tossing and turning and trying to get comfortable in a jail cot, in a metal cell, where the lights never went dark, and the cries and complaints of men could be heard all night long, I got up and picked up the guitar and the song emerged. Songs that come like this are not difficult, they are a gift, a release, and a relief.”
Turn Up The Volume wrote: “‘Same Stars’ is a heart-and-soul touching story, a longing ballad, bittersweet siblings love-inspired reverie with Linda Viens‘s moving voice sending
shivers down your spine. Stirring.”
The band have a brand new video out now for the sensitive song with alternating shots
of the band performing the tune and Viens wandering around in slo-mo, like in a feverish dream, reflecting on her family, especially her troubled brother and his two children.
Info: In 1998 Linda Vien’s brother was arrested for armed robbery. A long-time
heroin addict, he had used a toy gun wrapped in a bandanna to rob a convenience
store. He was sentenced to 11 years in a Federal Prison, and had to leave his wife and his two young children behind. He was released in 2010. During his time in prison Linda drove from Boston monthly to visit him During those visits, Linda witnessed the devastation of her brother’s separation from his young family and witnessed firsthand the damage and pain caused by long term, and in some cases, unjust incarceration.
Same Stars was written from her brother’s point of view; from a sister’s vantage point of empathy and sorrow in identification with his daily suffering, shame, regret and grief. In the end of the song, as in the end of the story, he is released into the world a free man who has paid his debt to society, and who must find his family again and begin the long journey of reconciliation and healing.
Same Stars is a heart-and-soul touching story, a longing ballad,
a bittersweet siblings love-inspired reverie with Linda Viens‘s moving
voice sending shivers down your spine. Stirring.
But you see the same stars as me
And someday your daddy will be free
And we’ll ride through the night,
And everything will be alright,
you’ll see, you’ll see