Alex Noelle – Ludlow (Interview)

October 16, 2020
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Tryin’ to replace you, with small talk and strangers
Can’t wait for you, so fake it til you make it, right?

Talkin’ on Ludlow, pressing forward double speed
You talk of growing old, then a phone call stopping everything

How can I be moving on right now, when everything I see is
bringing back our love, keeping me in visions of you
Bringing back your face, leaving me?

Tryin’ to replace you, with small talk and strangers
Can’t wait for you, so fake it til you make it, right?
Can’t believe I’d fallen faster than you let me go,
Heartbreak always takes too long

Photos on my phone, letters on my bedroom wall
Waking up alone, hoping to forget it all

How can I be moving on right now, when everything I see is
bringing back our love, keeping me in visions of you
Bringing back your face, leaving me?

Tryin’ to replace you, with small talk and strangers
Can’t wait for you, so fake it til you make it, right?
Can’t believe I’d fallen faster than you let me go,
Heartbreak always takes too long.

Missing our midnight movie, turned on Monsters Inc.
Anything that I do has me keep on thinking of you…
Trying to read and realize it’s your favorite book, and I’m
Still here singing I found you…you’re not looking for me.

Tryin’ to replace you, with small talk and strangers
Can’t wait for you, so fake it til you make it, right?
Can’t believe I’d fallen faster than you let me go,
Heartbreak always takes too long

Alex Noelle - Ludlow (Interview)

Interview

To brighten our day we received a super excited visit from Alex Noelle. She who brought us her new song Ludlow.

Alex Noelle, tell us about yourself.

Hi! I’m both an indie pop artist and certified music therapist, currently living in Nashville. My goal in life is to help people feel the same catharsis I get from writing, singing, performing, and dancing to music, because life knows we all need a way to let things out sometimes! I’ve blended my passions for music and wellness since childhood, and came to Nashville in 2018 to build that love into a full artist career. I’m currently planning to release an EP and several other singles throughout 2021, so stay tuned via Instagram, Patreon, or my website’s email list, all under "Alex Noelle Music."

We would like to know your history as an artist.

My New Jersey childhood was filled with music from the start– performing, writing, collaborating, and playing a few instruments since age 8. Life also brought constant experiences with loss, love, and mental health challenges that brought me to rely on that same music, and eventually pursue both my artist career and a music therapy degree in Philadelphia. In Philly, I performed at places like the White House and the Kimmel Center, with a cappella groups, choirs, and as a solo artist. At the same time, I worked as a music therapist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, senior homes, special needs schools, at-risk LGBTQ* youth centers, and more. I decided to move to Nashville in 2018 to focus more on my artist career, spreading my music and my message. I’m so grateful and excited to be performing and releasing music so regularly! My favorite performance in Nashville so far has been with International Women’s Day at the Parthenon.

Tell us the story of this song.

Well my favorite way to write is immediately after something emotional happens (I’m also a music therapist, what can I say?) Anyway, "Ludlow" started months after a break-up, when I thought I’d moved on but still couldn’t stop replaying old memories in my head–kind of like when a catchy song gets stuck in your head for way too long. So I combined those two ideas–I turned all of the unavoidable memories into a song I could at least smile and dance to! I immediately shared it with my writer/producer friend, and after she added a bit of production into it, I quickly knew it’d be my next release. It’s 2020, so I’m thinking a lot of us might need a song that we can both dance and cry to at the same time!

Tell us a funny story from your career.

Well, I was performing a solo gig for a few hours at my favorite Nashville bar, after a packed day, on little sleep (but I love these gigs so I don’t mind.) This gig became a little crazy– I had tourists jump on stage to sing with me, and even a five-year-old who asked to sing a Disney solo as I accompanied her.. But that’s not even the crazy part. As it ended, I slowly realized the next performer wasn’t there…and continued to not be there…until I was asked to do the entire next few hours as well. I agreed, because I love what I do, but I became so deliriously tired, all I could think of was dinner. I think the universe read my mind, because as the gig ended, a man came up to me and said "I’m sorry if this is weird, but my wife wants to offer you our pizza as a tip. We tried a slice and don’t want it. You totally can just say no." The normal response would’ve probably been to turn down food from a stranger, but this is Nashville, and I was deliriously tired and hungry. I instinctively said yes so quick, he handed me the whole box. So I spent yet another 30 minutes in that bar eating an entire pizza in exhausted happy delirium. And that’s Nashville in a nutshell!

Also tell a story of overcoming.

Hmm. Well, I could share stories of overcoming sick days for the sake of performing, or overcoming self-doubt and performance anxiety to finish a show, or pushing through tough life moments to continue with my life path… But I’ve found that the most important moments of overcoming have been the times I sit down to solo write about something emotional that just happened to me. It takes courage and insight to process and write about something tough that’s still affecting you. Even more, it requires self-love and trust to fully express those feelings in a creation of your own, without judgment, and with your whole body involved in its expression. It’s not easy, so I take each one of those personal songs as an overcoming of my inhibitions, and a successful commitment to self-growth and getting stronger. I highly recommend it to everyone!

Leave a message for your fans.

The most important message I want to share every day is that being different is beautiful, and self-care is vital. We’re all our own worst critic–but your biggest flaw can also be your biggest strength as soon as you embrace it. We’re all humans feeling the same emotions, just at different levels, for different reasons. Owning YOUR story and finding love for yourself makes you unstoppable. If you have a cool story of overcoming something (or a challenge you’re still looking to overcome) I want to hear it!

Alex Noelle your music made us very happy. We wish you much success in your career.

And see you in the next interview. Bye!

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