Lrad grew up in Pittsburgh PA before moving to Detroit MI in 2017. Shes been writing her own songs and performing since 2007. She plays guitar, ukulele and autoharp but her main focus is vocals. She calls her genre ‘haunt and harmony’ as it is meant to depict the chaos and sorrow of the souls innermost cacophonies. Her songs touch upon many topics including mental illness, addiction, heartbreak, sexual desire and the allure of abandoned places and industrial/urban environments within the rustbelt. She is also a visual artist and has a passion for making zines.
My focus more recently has been on finally starting on the path towards healing my past traumas so I can truly live up to my potential and embody the essence of resilience. There was a long while there wherein I was so focused on running away from my past I stopped partaking in almost all my creative endeavors/outlets and I felt as though I had lost my purpose and that life had lost all meaning. In some ways the pandemic forced me to finally stop and face myself, all my fears and racing thoughts and trauma memories all started catching up to me as the world slowed to a stop and I was forced to start sorting the hoards of emotional baggage I had left to collect dust and detriment in the depths of my soul.
The process of healing from yr past and sorting through its baggage is no easy task. There are good days and bad days, and learning to forgive yrself for yr past mistakes all the while learning to finally love yrself sometimes feels like an almost impossible feat but within the context of the bigger battle it is important to acknowledge and celebrate even the seemingly smallest wins. When I am struggling to find inspiration to keep going I often times think of my admiration for the city and denizens of Detroit for they are the embodiment of resilience to me and I aspire to be but a reflection of my inspiration / admiration towards such resilience.
I’ve started keeping a gratitude journal to help keep my perspective in more positive spirits.
Throughout the quarantimes, I’ve gotten back into being passionate about photography and urban exploration, and have spent many hours looking at urban exploration photography websites to help pass the time and feel inspired.
Don’t give up even when you feel like yr stuck in a rut, take that as a sign you might need to rest and recoup. Taking care of yrself is important especially during these emotionally trying times. Once you begin to find a balance the drive to create starts to come back naturally, be patient with yourself and the process of navigating through the world and the scapes of yr emotions during these chaotic and cacophonous happenings.