Today is finally that day, a premiere of an interview (though it really was more like a conversation), with someone who I admire so very much. You know, when I started this blog I had no idea how things were going to develop. I only knew I wanted to do a shout out to this brilliant singer/songwriter, and make people more aware of her and her music. Because I felt, that I should have known LP a LOT sooner, I felt like I was late in the game and that I have lost valuable time not knowing her earlier. So first I set up the basis (like bio, discography etc) and then with time I was more and more aware how to run it, what to write, how to share people’s stories of how LP made a mark on their lives… as she did, on many of us.
|29th January 2017, Empik in Warsaw, Poland – full story here.|
When I met LP for the very first time (back in January in Warsaw), it was just a fan meeting, I never even heard LP live before (yet), but I had that feeling that I am in a presence of someone very special and important to me, someone who already had an incredible impact on me and with time this feeling only grew. You know, people come and go, you are going through various phases in your life when certain songs, actors, singers, movies make an impact on you (anyone seen ‘Whiplash’?), but with time that feeling fades. But for me – with LP – it was different. The more I heard her music, the more interviews I’ve seen or read, the even bigger hunger it created for me.
|24th June 2017 – Tauron Life Festival in Oświęcim, Poland – post is here.|
When day of Life Festival in Oświęcim came, when first I could see LP backstage, before the concert, and I failed so royally, as I only said hi… It all went so fast and it left a one big blur in my head… And then was that incredible concert which really changed something for me, it switched something in me, it showed me there is much more strength in me than I thought, and that there are many, many feelings in me, bubbling under the surface and ready to come out. And so it happened, there were many tears that I couldn’t finally hold any more. So, when I got home after that amazing day, I was high after the concert, but very low about myself, because I felt, like I’ve failed, I wanted to say LP so many things, but I just couldn’t/didn’t/haven’t had a proper opportunity.
But then, a true miracle happens, London and that incredible gift I got from Krysia. The concert itself remains one of my favourite days of my entire life. It was like being in a presence of diamond that with each and every song was showing a different facet. I witnessed something extra-ordinary and I know I was in a presence of someone not only incredibly talented, but also very kind, gentle and humble. I knew all those things already, but then I felt them with certainty When you see LP on stage, when you hear her sing, when you see her connection with each and every person in the room, no matter if it’s a room or a field, when you feel her voice penetrating your soul, you are forever changed – you really are.
|2nd July 2017 Under The Bridge in London, UK – post is here.|
The London gig was such an intimate experience…, you know those scenes in movies when suddenly from a crowd of people remain only two, staring into each other eyes. I swear it was just like that for me. Not that LP stared into my eyes and sang only for me, no, but, in a way yes – because I felt like there is only me, only her and only her voice. Nothing else mattered. I wasn’t looking at JD, Elias or Brian, my eyes were following LP, only her. She has that charisma. Not to mention her beautiful smile. With LP is what you see is what you get. She doesn’t act, she is natural, true to herself, accepting and simply stunning. You cannot take your eyes from her. Now, when I look back at what happened after the concert, frankly, I think it was the only possible reaction for me. After such concert, when she already struck a chord in me, and then she came, and I finally said those few words, I could only cry, well sob actually… And LP yet again, showed her compassionate nature and almost cradled me, until I pulled myself together… That picture of just her and me, when you can’t really see me, but you see this intimate moment between the two of us is my favourite pic.
|20th July 2017 Colours of Ostrava in Czech Republic – post is here.|
And finally Ostrava. You know the whole story if you have read my post about that day. I was going without expecting anything. Frankly I was certain: I will see LP on stage, will have a blast and go back home. And then again, magic happens. I am getting an invitation not only backstage, but also I can ask those few questions I have prepared a while back, when I thought it will be an email-interview. I was frickin excited about this possibility, so can you imagine the state of my mind when I learnt that I can actually ask my questions directly? First I felt like fainting, but then I realized it is a huge privilege and that I cannot ruin it. It’s like I went into some kind of mode. I was extremely nervous: about my questions, about me speaking in English and of course mostly about talking to LP. Will my English be enough, are my questions worth her time, fuck, am I worthy of her time?… And you will see it, I am very nervous, but at one point I feel like we are catching up this invisible bond, and from then it goes really well.
Please bear in mind I am not a professional, I didn’t have the time to prepare for it, hell I am happy I even found my questions on my phone! It was my first ever interview, and I am really proud of it. Proud and thankful for this incredible opportunity created by LP for me. I still have many, many questions that I would love to ask, you know, just talk, like friend to friend. But I do hope you will like what you will see here. It was an incredible moment, something very dear to me. And it still makes me very emotional.
LP – from the bottom of my heart, thank you. You may never fully realize or comprehend what you mean to me and many other people like me. It will sound cheesy, but I really feel like many wounded souls have found a ‘captain’ in you, you have changed many lives already, and I know many more will come in the future. Thank you – and please keep performing, keep writing those amazing songs and never change… Thank you. Yours, Ania.
PS. After you will watch an interview – in regards to ‘Dreamcatcher’ – there is a tiny snippet on LP’s Instagram of this song – click here. It’s just a guitar solo and a little bit of LP’s vocal and it is rad!! As in R.A.D. LP – you HAVE TO put this on your next record. I mean it. How many more gems you have hidden? Your talent is beyond anything I have ever heard. Truly!
|photo LP via Insta-story|
PS.2 We will make a version of this interview with Polish subtitles as this is a country of my origins. But it will be in the near future. Also huge thanks to Artur Michalak from Total Freedom LP Fans for recording the whole thing with his steady hands and for the full edit of the video – you did a great job!! To Magdalena Thomas of LP Germany for her super-duper iPhone who recorded the whole thing. Monika – for your emotional support – you know! Susan – for proofreading my transcript! Thank you all!