Gaelynn Lea | Someday We'll Linger in the Sun

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Someday We'll Linger in the Sun

by Gaelynn Lea

Gaelynn Lea is a singer & violinist from Duluth, MN. Her original tune, "Someday We'll Linger in the Sun", was the winning song for NPR Music's 2016 Tiny Desk Contest. Gaelynn uses a looping pedal to create winding layers of sound under poignant lyrics.
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Gaelynn Lea is a musician from Duluth, MN. She has been playing violin for over twenty years. First classically trained, she began learning traditional Celtic and American fiddle tunes at the age of 18. During her college years Gaelynn started sitting in with various folk/rock musicians and developed an improvisational style all her own. Eventually she also began singing and dabbling in songwriting. Gaelynn has played alongside many notable Minnesota musicians over the years, including Alan Sparhawk, Charlie Parr, and Billy McLaughlin.

Gaelynn Lea has been actively performing throughout Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin since 2006, contributing to a number of musical projects in the Twin Ports. Currently her most active collaboration is The Murder of Crows, an atmospheric alternative duo with Alan Sparhawk. Together they recorded an EP titled “Imperfecta” in 2012. Their original song “When We Were Young” was featured on the Sundance Channel’s acclaimed drama “Rectify” in June 2014. Gaelynn also regularly performs solo sets of experimental fiddle tunes sprinkled with her original songs; her aim is to create a meditative, layered sound that allows the listener’s mind to drift.

In November 2015, Gaelynn Lea released her debut solo album entitled “All the Roads that Lead Us Home”. It pays homage to the traditional fiddle tunes and beloved standards that Gaelynn has been playing for over a decade… But of course, there is a twist! Gaelynn used her Memory Man looping pedal to create winding layers of sound underneath these familiar melodies.

On March 3, 2016, Gaelynn Lea was named the winner of NPR Music’s second-ever Tiny Desk Contest. She submitted a video of her original song, "Someday We'll Linger in the Sun", which was recorded using the camera on her cell phone with the help of a close friend. Her music video entry rose to the top of over 6,100 entries from around the nation, chosen as the unanimous favorite among the contest’s six judges. The very next week, Gaelynn performed a moving Tiny Desk Concert, at which the show’s host Bob Boilen said “there was hardly a dry eye.”

This track is the studio version of "Someday We'll Linger in the Sun". It was recorded in March 2016 by sound engineer Jake Larson at Sacred Heart Music Studio in Duluth, MN. The layers of violin in this recording were created by live-looping on Gaelynn's Electro-Harmonix Memory Man pedal. The artwork for this track was created by artist and silk painter Lee Zimmerman, also from Duluth, MN.

In addition to performing and recording, Gaelynn loves to do speaking engagements about disability, overcoming challenges, and the joy of music. Gaelynn has a congenital disability called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or Brittle Bones Disease. In recent years, she has used her music as a platform to advocate for people with disabilities and to promote positive social change. Gaelynn believes society must make accessibility a priority so people with disabilities can participate fully in their communities and use their talents and gifts without discrimination.



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Erica DaCosta

I'm stunned by this
The lyrics are some of the finest poetry I've ever read. The music is ravishing. I fell silent for a spell after the song's conclusion.