November 2, 2015 - Delving into the ArchivesHappy November friends! Here are a few exciting things happening in the land of hypo records and Muir Music as well as a rare and candid letter from our president.
Tales from the Archive: One of Lederhosen Lucil's most popular songs "Apricota" (Deutsch Reggae Dub!) recorded at the original Breakglass Studios with Jace Lasek and released in November 2004 on limited edition CD and 7" vinyl single, is available AT LAST on our bandcamp site. Stream/Buy/Gift it if you fancy! It includes a rare live version recorded at O Patro Vys in Montreal and bonus photos including Krista holding the 7" test pressings at the studio in NYC. Chouette!
Private Ukulele Lessons / Songwriting Workshops: Krista is now offering private ukulele lessons (ages 8+) as well as songwriting workshops at the Euclid House in Toronto. For dates, fees and other details write to us at "hose at lederhosenlucil dot com."
November 2nd, 2015 - Toronto, Ontario - Beautiful Fall Day
Dear Friends, Fans, Colleagues and Visitors to this site,
While this space is normally reserved for all things music in the land of hypo records, I'd like to delve momentarily into the mysterious world of endometriosis for a moment. I recently watched "The Punk Singer" and related all too deeply when Kathleen Hanna contracted Lyme Disease and the severe symptoms forced her to stop performing for a while. You see Lederhosen Lucil actually shared the stage with Le Tigre (one of Hanna's bands) back in 2003, but unbeknownst to us both at the time Lederhosen Lucil & I were sharing a body with endometriosis. "The show must go on!" always ringing in my head it did and I pushed through the various symptoms that resulted in performing while in extreme discomfort, cancelling shows and seeing numerous doctors in France, North America etc. Things worsened but nothing was detected. Not once was endometriosis mentioned.
A few years ago I read Cyndi Lauper's autobiography and learned that she had endometriosis and some of the scenarios in her story were all too familiar to me. I knew at this point that I had the disease but there were no tests to confirm so when I went in for surgery in 2013 for a dermoid cyst (the post op song I wrote in bed "Hair Baby" is a fun one!) it was finally confirmed.
Sometimes I disappear from social media due to pain, fatigue and the frustrating exhaustion that goes with it. While I continue to pour stories into songs twittering and blogging often falls away. And as a solo, self-represented, independent artist I am currently managing everything from the online presence to composing, recording and merchandising. There's no machine in place to keep the wheels turning when I have to vanish for a while. But fear not, I'm still busy creating. I have a new set of songs that I will record when the stars align and I am still developing a health and wellness series for youth. I'll let you know about that soon.
In the meantime, I just want to thank you for being a part of my story thus far as it winds and bends in often unexpected and incredible ways.