In this Dream Tour segment, the adult contemporary artist, Earth to Eve, reveals who she would want on her ultimate tour lineup. You can check out their picks, after the break.
I’ve ruminated on my dream tour since I was a little girl, and while I make vastly different music from ELO, and The Velvet Underground, there are thematic overlaps in lyrical content, and I strive to construct narratives in a similar fashion. I was raised on classic rock; when I got my first guitar at age eight, I begged my then guitar teacher to show me how to play “Mr. Blue Sky” by ELO and “We are the Champions”’ by QUEEN. He thought it best I start with something simpler. While I never got good at guitar and opted to play piano instead, I’ve kept my love of classic rock alive by integrating various elements into my pop-centric music.
I grew up driving in the backseat of my mom’s white Toyota Sienna. “A New World Record” and “Out of the Blue” by ELO would play on the speakers and I’d angstily look out the backseat window, envisioning myself on the stage beside them. The songs on these albums, specifically “Telephone Line” and “Mr. Blue Sky” were the soundtrack to my childhood, and when I started writing music, I clung to them for inspiration. One of my first songs, “Clockwork Eyes,” was heavily influenced by “Telephone Line.” I integrated aspects of the song into my own: incorporating an introduction using found sound, melodic background vocals, an explosive chorus, and narrative progression throughout the verses. I’ve looked up to Jeff Lyne as a songwriter and musician for as long as I can remember, and it’d be a dream to write and perform alongside him.
As a teenager, I’d lay on my sister’s bedroom floor and we’d listen to “Loaded” by The Velvet Underground on her record player. To this day, “I Found a Reason” brings tears to my eyes, “Who Loves the Sun” gives me the motivation and energy to get out of bed in the morning, and “Oh Sweet Nuthin’” never ceases to pull me out of a depressive slump. I’ve struggled with depression my entire life and every time I reach the lowest depths of it, I play The VU to reinvigorate me. Their self-titled album, “The Velvet Underground” is my favorite album of all time. The soft and intimate vocal performance, raw lyricism, and authenticity of this album inspired me to write honestly and to be okay with vulnerability. Lou Reed is an immensely contemplative songwriter, and to be frank, I’d sell my soul to get to work alongside him.